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CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System to Restore Health Care Services to Crockett Area Developing CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic location returns primary care services to the people of Crockett and surrounding Houston County August 14, 2017

Crockett, TX – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System restored primary care services to the people of Crockett and surrounding Houston County area today with the opening of the new CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic - Crockett location at 1122 Loop 304.

CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic - Crockett begins seeing patients on Tuesday, August 15, and will be open and offering primary care services Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Initially, patients will be able to see Natalie Bachynsky, FNP, and the facility will continue to expand as services and staff are added over the coming days, weeks and months.

“The Houston County Hospital District has been an outstanding organization to collaborate with as have the providers we have met in Crockett. Everyone has leaned in too, so that residents in the area have access to health care,” said Scott Schmidly, Group Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for CHRISTUS Health Northeast Texas. “We look forward to growing in this community and value the working relationships we are building with the providers, the District, and the community.”

This new partnership will restore needed primary care services to the people of Houston County and will allow these patients to continue treatment with their established providers in a setting that is comfortable and familiar, with improved access to the award-winning specialists and resources of CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, the region’s preferred health care provider. One significant change will be the increase in available services, treatments and specialty providers to patients through CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System throughout the region, both initially and over time.

“We pride ourselves on our commitment to bringing the best patient care and services to Northeast Texas. This has been an integral part of CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System’s mission as a faith-based health provider for almost 80 years, and we will continue to realize that vision for Northeast Texas for years to come,” said Chris Glenney, FACHE, Senior Vice President of Group Operations, CHRISTUS Health and Chief Executive Officer, CHRISTUS Health Northeast Texas, which includes CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System and CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System. “CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic - Crockett will allow us to build upon the foundation set forth by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio many years ago with a partner that shares our values and dedication to quality care. We will not only continue to serve the people of Northeast Texas diligently, but grow to expand access to the highest quality health care as Northeast Texans have come to expect.”

Patients in Crockett will also have the advantage of ConnectCARE, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System electronic health record and it’s patient portal, MyChart. MyChart is a patient’s secure, private connection to their medical information online at the MyChart website, or via the iPhone | Android app. With MyChart, patients can schedule appointments, request prescription refills, message providers, pay bills, view test results and more.

“When I came to Crockett two years ago, the sense of connection with my patients and colleagues was instant,” said Natalie Bachynsky, FNP-C, RN. “I was empathetic about the challenges our patients faced accessing health care and establishing trusting relationships with their health care providers. When the news about the clinic and hospital closure was announced, there were many uncertainties about the future, but staying in Crockett to serve this community was never in question for me. There is such a sense of relief and joy knowing that CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System has come alongside us to provide the excellent, compassionate care that our community needs and deserves.”

“We have been treating cardiology patients in the Crockett area for some time through Cardiovascular Associates of East Texas and the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital - Tyler, and we are excited to be able to be a part of restoring health care services in this area,” said Hector Ceccoli, M.D., FACC, Cardiovascular Associates of East Texas. Dr. Ceccoli first began practicing medicine in Crockett 17 years ago when he moved to the city, and has continued to visit patients there in the years since. “We are committed to providing industry leading cardiac services in Crockett, but this is more than a business decision for me and for us. Crockett is where I began my career, and I have a deep respect and appreciation for the area and the community – I owe them a lot.”

“The mission of our organization is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. It is very simple, but it means so much. It guides our choices and direction in all that we do,” said Scott Smith, M.D., Senior Vice President and Institute Chief of Primary Care for CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “Our Mission and our values is who we are as a System – and our strategy is how we enact that mission. Our strategy is to make our communities healthier and help people gain access to exceptional health care services, primary care services, close to home. Primary care is the front lines of keeping people healthy in a community, so ensuring access to primary care is vital. Helping to build healthy communities is our strategy across every area touched by CHRISTUS Health – here in Crockett, across Northeast Texas and beyond. Driven by our mission, this strategy is not just about bricks and mortar, but about the hands that heal and the spirit of service.”