WALK WITH BOB: The Growing Health and Wellness Community of Northeast Texas
My “Get Healthy Journey” started June 12, 2006.
Old people fall, and it is a major cause of death. I fell January 17, 2016. If my fall had not happened in Canton, Texas it’s possible I would not be here writing to you today because dead people don’t write. I have the local health community to thank for quality service and care. From the instant I was put in the Champion EMS ambulance, I was in the care of, in my opinion, the number one Trauma team in the State of Texas located at Christus Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler.
If you have followed my column you know how important health and wellness has become to me. Rather than talk about my health and your health, today I want to talk about how North Texas is becoming the Health and Wellness Center of Texas. Look out sickness, illness and chronic disease, HEALTH AND WELLNESS IS HERE BIG TIME!
Here are some interesting facts about our growing medical system:
Good Shepherd Medical Center of Longview is now a part of that system. 
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 with a strong track record as a corporation, has acquired ETMC and it will become a part of UT HEALTH NORTH TEXAS. The acquisition includes ETMC operations in Tyler, Athens, Carthage, Henderson, Jacksonville, Pittsburg, and Quitman. This also includes the EMS fleet of ambulances and helicopters. 
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 as early as 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. 
In my opinion, Northeast Texas is becoming the Health and Wellness Center of Texas.
So, what will all of this mean to us who live and work in Northeast Texas? The Tyler Morning News reported Kevin Eltife, a former state senator and currently a member of the UT board of regents as saying, “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.
What does all of this mean to us that live and work here that want to be Healthy and Happy?
We no longer will fight traffic to get to Houston and Dallas medical facilities. Patient care will expand and improve using the new technologies of the 21St century. We will no longer be under-served, we will be served by the leaders in health care. 21st century jobs and opportunities will not only come to East Texas, they will be created here. It means we are becoming THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS CAPITAL OF THE USA.
Walk With Bob, a column on health, wellness and common sense economics. Bob’s basic health motto? WAFOWASL What does it all mean? Find out more at BeeFitBob.