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CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital News Release 6/26/2023

Sulphur Springs, Texas, June 26, 2023 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs has ONE mission: To Extend the Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ.

Tables on Sale for Designer Handbag Bingo

Tables went on sale Saturday for the popular Designer Handbag Bingo. Tables include eight packets which allow players to participate in the ten regular rounds of bingo. Additionally, each packet includes a drink ticket and an entry card for door prizes. Designer Handbag Bingo will be held on Thursday, August 3. This is a fundraiser for the local nonprofit, the Hopkins County Health Care Foundation. Tables run $550 and are available online at Add on items, such as cards to play in the two bonus rounds, additional drink tickets, additional game cards, as well as additional game packets are also available online in advance. To purchase these items, a ticket for the evening is required.

A raffle for a mystery designer handbag valued at approximately $2,000 is also available online and anyone, attending the event or not, may purchase tickets. If not attending, the winner may pick up the handbag locally the next day. To learn more about the event, visit the Designer Handbag Bingo website at The Foundation is an IRS 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit that is now in its 26 th year of serving Hopkins County. All funds raised are used to improve local health care by purchasing equipment or funding programs through CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs and the Hopkins County Hospital District.

Innovative Local Orthopedic Care

The recent trend in orthopedic care has more doctors practicing in large cities. Most surgeries occur in urban hospitals, so patients must travel for care. However, in Sulphur Springs, patients can access world-class orthopedic care at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs. Travel isn’t necessary; the clinic provides expert care for any orthopedic injury or condition.

Christopher Meltsakos, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained sports medicine doctor at the clinic, loves helping injured athletes. His patients benefit from his extra training and passion for healing.

“I realized as an orthopedic doctor I can help athletes get back to the sports they love,” said Dr. Meltsakos. “In a short time, they are playing at the same level as before the injury.”

Christian Douthit, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained hand specialist, works with Dr. Meltsakos at the clinic. He is an expert in hand and shoulder problems, peripheral nerve surgery, orthopedic trauma and sports injuries.

“I believe in meeting the needs of my patients through technical expertise and surgical care but know it’s also crucial to have open communication about the care plan,” said Dr. Douthit. “When we work together, it’s far more likely for our patients to have a great outcome, and that is our goal at the clinic.”

Doctors Meltsakos and Douthit perform advanced orthopedic surgeries at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs. Mother Frances is the first and only hospital in the area to offer the transformational Stryker’s Mako® Robotic-Arm assisted joint replacement. For rehabilitation, patients have access to the Mother Frances state-of-the-art Physical Therapy Outpatient Clinic.

The CHRISTUS Trinity Orthopedic Clinic continuously improves its capabilities to meet community needs. The clinic recently introduced Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections. A PRP injection uses a patient’s plasma to help heal orthopedic injuries. It is minimally invasive, effective and helps patients avoid painkillers.

To learn more about our Orthopedics program or to schedule an appointment, call 903.885.6688.

Author: Ethan Klein

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