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Tyler County Hospital begins offering chemotherapy

 

 

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By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – Area residents who are prescribed chemotherapies can now receive their treatments in Woodville.

Tyler County Hospital now offers outpatient chemotherapy treatments through a cooperative effort with the Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas network. The service began at TCH on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Todd Senters, the service line administrator and administrator BBH at the Orange campus for Baptist Hospitals, said “Initially, we’ll be open one day a week, but as the volume of patients expands, we will expand to two days each week within six months.”

Currently TCH is able to treat four or five outpatients at a time, depending on which service is being performed, Senters said.

The availability of the service in Tyler County will be beneficial to many patients who have had to drive to Beaumont or Lufkin to receive chemotherapy. “The first patient we treated was from Burkeville and she told us she’d been driving to and from Beaumont before. Now she said it’s so much easier for her to get in and get out and go on about her day,” Senters said.

Dr. Sandra Wright, TCH CEO said one of the biggest benefits for area residents is having the service close to home. “The community won’t have to travel to Beaumont or Houston, they’ll be able to receive these services at home,” she said.

Senters said he expects TCH to see 10 chemotherapy patients per day, with most being infusion-type treatments. He said some chemotherapies, given intramuscularly through an injection, don’t take much time, while infusion treatments must be given over a slower duration of time. Some infusion treatments take two or three hours, he said.

“It just depends on what the medication is and how quickly it can be given. Some patients can get in and out in 15 minutes and some can in two or three hours.”
Senters said chemotherapy is used for a number of chronic health issues and not limited to cancer. Through the hospital, patients can be treated for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and infections, as well as receive infusions to strengthen bones. “We offer treatments that aren’t typically performed in a doctor’s office,” he said.

For patients who have received a cancer diagnosis and are prescribed chemotherapy, Senters said support of family, friends and other survivors is key, along with treatment, for survival.

“You cannot keep it bottled up. There are treatments options out there, and that’s what we are out here to do, regardless of what the diagnosis might be,” he said.

“The earlier we diagnose, the more treatment options we have available.”

Senters added that through the Baptist Hospital network, cancer survivors are put in contact with those going through treatments to provide support. “We link those individuals together so they can have a shoulder to lean on,” he said. “We need to work with patients to identify what their options are. They need to have hope.”

Wright said the hospital has been looking into offering the services for around nine months. Now that they are available she said “We’re so grateful to be able to have those services provided in our community and at our hospital.”
“We’re there to care for the community and help strengthen the healthcare services that are available to the community,” Senters said.

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2-vehicle crash kills 4 occupants

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WOODVILLE – A two-vehicle crash which occurred south of Woodville on Labor Day resulted in four fatalities.

At approximately 1:45 p.m. on Monday, the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a crash involving multiple vehicles on US 69 two miles south of Woodville near Childress Monument Works. DPS reports indicate that a Ford F250 pickup truck was traveling southbound and a Dodge pickup towing an RV was headed northbound along the stretch of road. The driver of the Ford crossed the center dividing line and struck the other vehicle.

The driver of the Ford, 18-year-old Travis Layne Jordan of Devers, along with passengers Harvey Lamar DuBose, 75, of Hull and his wife Ann Jones DuBose, were all pronounced dead at the scene by Justices of the Peace Jim Moore and Trisher Ford. The DuBoses were the grandparents of Jordan.

The driver of the Dodge, identified by DPS as Robert Alan Beard, 48, of Tyler, was also pronounced dead. A passenger, Leslie McCaa, 41, of Tyler, was transported to CHRISTUS - St. Elizabeth hospital in Beaumont with serious injuries.

Troopers are actively investigating this crash and working to determine the exact factors that contributed to it.
“Our prayers and deepest sympathy go out to each family that has been affected by this tragic event,” read a statement from DPS issued Monday night.

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Martial arts instructor charged with sexual assault

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WOODVILLE – A Woodville martial arts instructor was arrested for an alleged sex crime last week.

Troy Lee Smith, Jr., was arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 28 and is currently in the Tyler County Jail on a $150,000 bond set by Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford. A warrant for Smith’s arrest was issued on the day prior. He is charged with Sexual Assault of a Child.

The warrant was issued after a former student of Smith’s martial arts academy reported abuse while studying under Smith.

Smith, an accomplished martial artist, had operated the Grandmaster Smith Academy of Martial Arts in Woodville for several years.

The investigation into the allegation is ongoing and there is no further information at present, according to Sgt. Brian Seales with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office.

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Fugitive sex offender arrested after manhunt

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Brian Bevelhymer 08302018FRED – The three-day hunt for a fugitive sex offender ended last Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brian Bevelhymer, 51, of Warren, in the Fred area. On Tuesday afternoon, TCSO received a tip that a man matching

Bevelhymer’s description was seen walking on FM 1943 East in Warren and had been picked up by a passerby headed toward Fred.

Deputies in the Fred area were able to locate the vehicle with the caller’s assistance, as the caller followed the vehicle.

When the deputies initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, the suspect provided them with a false name.

TCSO began searching for Bevelhymer on Friday, Aug. 17 when he allegedly removed his ankle monitor and took off. Bevelhymer was indicted on a felony aggravated sexual assault of a child charge from an April 2017 incident. According to TCSO he was out on bond and required to wear the ankle monitor as a condition of the bond.

Bevelhymer is currently in the Tyler County Jail on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child/Violation of Bond and Fail to Identify: Fugitive from justice.

In a post on its Facebook page, TCSO said it would like to thank everyone who assisted by sharing a post about Bevelhymer that went out on Friday, providing tips and reporting possible sightings.

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