EARLY— Attendees of Friday’s Early Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn received as unexpected workout while area health organizations updated them to the latest health-related news and activities.

Along with introducing Brownwood Regional Medical Center’s newest CEO Chad Jones, the theme of Friday’s program focused on workplace health focusing on disease prevention and ways to stay active while working in an office-like atmosphere.


BRMC interim CEO Jace Jones makes introduction

With 7-year veteran CEO Claude Camp departing earlier this month and Jones taking the reigns, the University of Texas graduate and former Abilene Regional Medical Center chief operating officer introduced himself to the public Friday. The College Station native said he has deep roots in the area with his family owning property north of Lake Brownwood.

“I’m excited to be here. I’ve spent the last two years at our Abilene hospital ... Before that I spent 5 years at our Victoria hospital, DeTar, along the coast and it’s humid,” Jones said. “It’s very pretty, but it’s humid, and before that I was started out as administrative fellow in Bryan and while working on my PHD, I was working at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. I bring a lot to the table as far as operations and administration experience, but I think what really helps is my familiarity in Brownwood and knowing some of the people.”


Jennifer Jones, BRMC nurse, says flu season not over

In keeping with the theme of office health BRMC Registered Nurse Jennifer Jones’ presentation focused on preventing communicable diseases. Despite the temperatures climbing into the 60s, Jones said flu season is not over yet and recommended flu vaccines. Along with the flu shot, she also recommends healthcare employers require employees to stay up to date on vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella as well as tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

“The number one thing you can do to avoid those is get vaccinated,” Jones said. “Brownwood has several outlying clinics that can provide these vaccines to you or your families. The CDC also recommends an annual vaccine for healthcare workers … I still recommend you still get your flu vaccine. Flu season is not over.”


Hendrick Center for Rehabilitation coming this spring

Early High School class of 2009 graduate Kayla (Dickerson) Conley announced the Hendrick Center for Rehabilitation will open sometime this spring. Conley said state legislators are working to lift a law barring Texas residents from seeking physical rehabilitation without a doctors order, which she said could prevent patients from taking proactive steps in resolving medical issues.  Conley said the new medical plaza building currently under construction near BRMC will provide a variety of services along with rehabilitation including: family practice, plastic surgery, pain management, cardiology, oncology, endocrinology and more.

“Those specialty doctors will come in two to four times a month to help provide services to the community,” Conley said. “Other services that will be in that building full time include: radiology such as X-ray and ultrasound; there will be lab services, there will be a DME company and also a large education area where classes can be to teach lessons on healthcare.”