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My “Get Healthy Journey” started June 12, 2006.  Northeast Texas is becoming the Health and Wellness Center of Texas.

Old people fall, and it is a major cause of death. I fell January 17, 2006 in East Texas. If my fall had not happened in Canton, Texas I would not be here writing to you because dead people don’t write. 

From the instant I was put in the Champion EMS ambulance I was in the care of the Number One Trauma team in the State of Texas located at ChristusTrinityMotherFrances in Tyler. Good Shepard Medical Center of Longview is now a part of that system.

Hang On, we are just getting started. The Flight For Life air medical  transport service provides critical service within a 350 miles radius of Tyler, Flight For life serves over 100,000 square miles of Northeast Texas, Western Louisiana, and Southern Oklahoma.    

Ardent Health Services, a for profit, strong track record Corporation has acquired ETMC and it will become a part of the UT HEALTH EAST TEXAS. Because Ardent is a for-profit system, the acquisition will provide the area with a significant amount of tax dollars.

Keep on hanging on. Times are a changing to HEALTHY HAPPY LIVING.  UT Health Northeast has announced its partnership with MD Anderson constantly ranked No. 1 for cancer care by U.S. News & World report. All of this is expected to close March 1, and the new logo will be unveiled.

Last year UT Health Northeast invested $30 Million toward the construction of a School of Community Health which will focus on finding solutions for rural and public health epidemics. The facility will be at the UT Health Science Campus.


So, what does all this mean to us who live and work in Northeast Texas?  Kevin Eltife, a former state senator and currently a member of the University board of regents says, “The partnerships that we are building- the health care that we will be able to provide for our citizens- will be unmatched anywhere in this county.”


East Texas will be expanding teaching and training for more health care professionals. This will attract the brightest of the brightest who have the passion to cure sickness, illness, and chronic disease, not just treat and control it.

We no longer will fight traffic to get to Houston and Dallas.

Patient care will expand and improve using the new technologies of the 21St century.

We will no longer be underserved, we will be the leader in health care. 21st Century jobs and opportunities will not only come to East Texas, they will be created here.