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New Total Knee Replacement Technology, Upgraded Cleaning & Disinfectant Protocols Added At CMFH-SS

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital Sulphur Springs Business News – Dec. 7, 2020

By Holly Ragan, Senior Market Development, CHRISTUS® Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs

Sulphur Springs, Texas – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs has ONE mission: To Extend the Health Ministry of Jesus Christ.  

Now offering the newest technology in total knee replacement

We are proud to offer the newest technology in total knee replacement treatment, Stryker’s Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Knee Application. The Mako Total Knee application is a treatment option designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis, and is another way to demonstrate our commitment to outstanding joint health for our our very own Orthopedic Surgeon. Contact Dr. Chris Meltsakos, by calling 903.885.6688.

Stryker’s Mako® Robotic-Arm Assisted Total Knee Application. The Mako Total Knee Application robot

Improving patient care with new Epic patient care electronic boards 

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital has recently replaced the traditional dry-erase whiteboards in the patient rooms with state-of-the-art, fully automated Electronic Health Record integrated digital whiteboards.  The digital whiteboard always shows the important care team contacts and schedule information, personalized goals to encourage patient engagement, and the data is in real-time, as it interfaces with the electronic charts, saving caregivers from manually updating the information.  These digital care boards provide patients and families with information that is specific to the patient care in a simple, accessible format.

Fully automated Epic Patient Care Electronic Board

CHRISTUS Hospital upgrades cleaning and disinfecting protocols

After initial success in the hospital’s operating rooms using “TK60 R-Water, a San Marcos, Texas-based company that claimed to offer a residue-free disinfectant with a one-minute contact time,” CHRISTUS leadership was curious to explore the impact using a one-minute contact time disinfectant would have on patient room turn times. 

The Tyler hospital’s HHS and EVS teams worked with R-Water to conduct a controlled evaluation, comparing the previous cleaning and disinfecting to the new standard.  The results were clear and astounding.  These highly effective solutions replace most of the cleaning and disinfecting products used in healthcare, including disinfectants, wipes, sanitizers, window cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, floor cleaners, grout cleaners, and carpet cleaners. 

In healthcare, every minute counts.  “Because TK60 has a one-minute contact time, we have confidence that our staff is allowing sufficient time for TK60 to do its job,” said Toni Polk, Infection Preventionist with CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances.

Flu Shots:  It is not too late…

Flu shots are available at CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic, 105 Medical Plaza.  We welcome walk-ins or by appointment; to schedule call 903.885.3181.

Hospital visitation 

For the safety and health of the community and our ministry, CHRISTUS Health is screening all associates and visitors to our hospitals to help lessen the risk of infectious disease transmission among our patients, associates, and guests.  

  • (1) Entrance to hospital through Emergency Department 24/7
  • (1) Visitor per patient
  • Visitors must be between the ages of 16-years old and 65-years old
  • All visitors are screened at the door, including a temperature taken
  • All associates are screened at each shift, including a temperature taken
  • Visiting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (subject to change)
  • ALL hospital visitors are required to wear a mask. Visitors should bring their own mask; homemade cloth masks are acceptable.

Clinic services

Urgent Care

CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Urgent Care, located at 1339 South Broadway St. in Sulphur Springs, is open.  The Urgent Care hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The phone number to reach Urgent Care is 903.951.1001. The Urgent Care offers rapid COVID-19 tests, with results in 15 minutes.


Experiencing symptoms?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, chills, muscle pain or headache, or diarrhea, please call your provider for either a face-to-face appointment or a telemedicine consultation. If your provider determines you need to have a COVID-19 test, they will send you to the appropriate outpatient location for testing. 

If you are experiencing an emergency, please present to the Emergency Room. At this time, we are preserving our Emergency Room COVID-19 tests for those who are experiencing an emergency. Otherwise, we would ask that you follow the steps above. If you do not have a healthcare provider, CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic welcomes new patients. Please call 903.885.3181 to talk to one of our associates about setting up an appointment.

Don’t delay care

We want to be perfectly clear – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances remains a safe place for all to receive quality care. Go to the Emergency Department or call 9-1-1 if you are urgently ill. While COVID-19 is new, our processes and procedures in place for infection prevention and preventing the spread of illness are not.

To learn more about COVID-19, go to or

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CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System includes CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospitals – Tyler, South Tyler, Jacksonville, Winnsboro and Sulphur Springs, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital – Tyler, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital a partner of Encompass Health, Tyler Continue CARE Hospital at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic is the area’s preferred multi-specialty medical group, with more than 400 Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers representing 36 specialties in 34 locations serving Northeast Texas across 41 counties. For more information on services available through CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, visit

  • Bed count – 402 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler
  • Bed count – 8 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – South Tyler
  • Bed count – 25 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Jacksonville
  • Bed Count – 96 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs
  • Bed count – 25 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Winnsboro
  • Bed count – 94 – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Bed count – 96 – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart – Tyler
  • Bed count – 51 – Tyler Continue CARE Hospital at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital

Author: Faith Huffman

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