Medical Arts Hospital Swim Safety

As part of a trauma series, Medical Arts Hospital and it’s trauma team is promoting swim safety for your kids this summer. Follow a few simple rules to stay safe and remember to think so you don’t sink!

– Never swim alone.
– Have adult supervision.
– Never leave children alone near water.
– Take swimming lessons.
– Follow the rules.
– Use flotation devices, especially small children.
– Never play near drains.
– Always dive feet first.
– Read the safety and warning signs.

Medical Arts Home Care

Discontinuation of Services.

Dawson County Hospital District will no longer be delivering Home Health services effective November 3, 2017.

Patients of Medical Arts Home Care have been notified of the discontinuation of services and have been given the choice of the other Home Health services available in our area and offered assistance in making the transition.

For information regarding Home Health medical records, please contact the Hospital Medical Records department at 806.872.5727 ext. 2044.

Medical Arts Hospice Care Services

Medical Arts Hospice Care will no longer be accepting patients as of October 7, 2017.

For information regarding hospice medical records please contact the Hospital Medical Records department at: 806.872.5727 ext. 2044

Janie Flores, EMT-Intermediate of the Year 2017


Janie Flores, EMT –Intermediate, receives an award for EMT –Intermediate of the Year 2017 given by South Plains Emergency Medical Services (SPEMS) and presented by Joey Parks, EMS Director for Medical Arts Hospital EMS. Janie was nominated for the award by her supervisor and co-workers and chosen out of all SPEMS regional nominations. She has been a mainstay of EMS in Dawson County for 33 years and is still going strong as a valuable team member of Medical Arts Hospital EMS.


Janie started her EMS career in Dawson County in 1984 as an EMT-Basic and eventually advanced her career from a Basic to Intermediate. Lamesa is home to Janie and she treats every patient as if they were family. She is highly respected by her peers and has worked for no less than 6 different directors that have all spoken highly of this remarkable individual.

Hugs From Heaven at Medical Arts Hospital


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On August 22, 2016 Sherry Bailey lost her battle with leukemia. Many grieved the passing of this wonderful wife, mother, and friend.  Long-time friend, Cindy Lentz, struggled with losing her “BFF” of 42 years. She decided to channel her grief into something positive to honor Sherry’s life and provide comfort to children in the hospital.

Lentz started a project called “Hugs from Heaven” to provide soft fleece blankets to any child staying at Medical Arts Hospital. She and her granddaughters along with others make each blanket by hand with love and remembrance. Lentz recently delivered the first round of 20 blankets and plans to provide Christmas printed blankets to brighten the holidays.  Each blanket has an attached note telling about the Hugs from Heaven mission. “We are humbled to receive this beautiful tribute and precious gift on behalf of our patients,” says Melissa Matlock, Communications Director at Medical Arts Hospital.

Cindy was inspired to make these blankets because they reminded her of Sherry and their time together. Lentz reports that in the last years of Sherry’s life she was always cold. She had a blanket with her most of the time and Cindy carried a blanket in her car just for her friend. This blanket is still in her vehicle. Lentz doesn’t have the heart to remove it. img_3210

Cindy plans to make approximately 50 blankets each year for the children at Medical Arts Hospital. In addition to Lamesa, Hugs from Heaven blankets will also be sent to Sherry’s children, Dru and John Lane, to share with children in their home towns each year on Sherry’s birthday, August 16th.  “I just might make myself one so that I have a hug when I am missing Sherry,” say Lentz.

Hugs from Heaven has been blessed by many people who made blankets and have donated fleece fabric for the project. A Facebook page has been set up for those who would like to learn about this project. Search Facebook for hugsfromheaven2016.  This page also features parent submitted photos of children with their Hugs from Heaven blanket.


October Breast Cancer Prevention

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Hospital Joins Economic Taskforce responding to Walmart Exit


Walmart Corporate Associate, Daniel Morales met with officials from the City of Lamesa, Dawson County, Medical Arts Hospital and Lamesa ISD this morning. Mr. Morales stated that the Lamesa Walmart store will be closing in mid-October and that all inventory will be out of the store by October 31st when their lease is up.  While losing Walmart is unexpected, officials of the above entities believe it is an excellent opportunity to attract new businesses to the City. The Lamesa EDC is actively pursuing business leads to provide similar services and products that Walmart has provided to citizens in our service area. Lamesa public officials, including Letha Stokes, CEO of Medical Arts Hospital, have joined together to form a taskforce to market the City of Lamesa.

Boil Water Notice

Medical Arts Hospital is your partner in keeping your family safe and healthy. That’s why we want to help spread the word about the Boil Water notice that the City of Lamesa is currently under. Click here to read the full boil water notice Boil water notice

In order to properly boil the water for consumption, you should bring the water to a vigorous boil and then boil the water for a total of no less than 2 minutes. Let the water cool and then use it  for these uses:

Drinking purposes

This includes all beverage concentrates such as fruit juice and iced tea where water is added.

Food preparation

This includes washing fruits and vegetables that will not be cooked. Water used as an ingredient does not need to be boiled prior to use, providing it will be brought to a boil during the cooking process.

Coffee Machines

Coffee machines usually produce water heated to about70 to 80 degrees Celsius, which is sufficient to destroy pathogens. This temperature must be maintained for a sufficient amount of time to ensure that all harmful organisms are destroyed. Therefore, let the coffee stand for at least five minutes before drinking.

Brushing teeth

This includes daily oral hygiene such as cleaning dentures

Infant formulas

Formulas should always be prepared by using boiled tap water or bottled water that is boiled.

Making Ice

It is important to note that freezing does not destroy most pathogens. Bacteria and viruses can survive in frozen products for long periods of time. Discard any ice made from contaminated or potentially contaminated water

Fruit and vegetable washing

Boiled water should be used to wash all produce that is to be eaten raw.

Home canning

To be safe postpone home canning until the boil water notice has been rescinded.

Beer and wine making

To be safe postpone beer and wine making until the boil water notice has been rescinded.

Water for pets

Veterinarians that were consulted by VIHA recommend that drinking water for pets including dogs, cats, birds and reptiles should also be boiled.

Immune-Compromised Individuals

People who are immune compromised should always boil their tap water for the purposes above.

Medical Arts Hospital services limited by City Water Shut Down

On Tuesday, August 23rd, hospital leadership met to respond to issues created by the broken water line at N. 13th St. and Ave. K. At 1:40 pm, hospital leaders notified surrounding hospitals that Medical Arts Hospital in Lamesa, Texas would be “on diversion” until the water situation could be resolved. Diversion means that MAH will not be admitting any new patients into the hospital and patients requiring an ambulance will be taken to the closest appropriate hospital.

During this time, all non-urgent outpatient procedures including lab testing and elective surgeries were rescheduled. Patients who sought treatment in the Emergency Room received an examination and in the case of a serious illness or trauma, the patient was transported to the closest appropriate hospital. All non-emergency patients received an examination and if necessary, were asked to follow up at the clinic.

Medical Arts Clinic was open on Wednesday, August 24 for walk-in patients. Patients were contacted on Tuesday and rescheduled.

The hospital suspended the diversion order at 11 am on Wednesday. Medical Arts Hospital operated under diversion for less than 24 hours. All services at the hospital and clinic except for surgery were reinstated at 11 am on Wednesday. Surgeries will begin again on Monday, August 29th.

Letha Stokes, CEO of Medical Arts Hospital, explains why it was necessary to limit the hospital and clinic services, “Water is vital to our ability to keep our hospital, staff and equipment clean and sanitized. The safety of our patients and the quality of the service we offer is too important for us to risk operation during the water shut down.”

Stokes praises the City of Lamesa Water Department, City Manager, Shawna Burkhart and Mayor Josh Stevens, “We are so thankful for the City’s quick action and the tremendous communication we received from Dionicio Garza and Shawna Burkhart throughout the event.” She continues, “This is the model for how a city conducts a coordinated response to adverse events.”







Dietary Manager receives Certification


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Lori Fulford, Dietary Manager at Medical Arts Hospital, recently achieved the designation of Certified Dietary Manager/Certified Food Protection Professional. Fulford earned this certification after 18 months of weekly classes. This designation is not a requirement but exhibits her desire to go above and beyond the minimum standards.  Although Lori was very experienced in food preparation and food safety, this class taught her more about the medical aspects of diet and how food can help a person heal or hinder their progress while in the hospital. Lori has 19 years of experience in the Food Industry and has been a MAH employee for more than 2 years.