Board-certified family medicine physician David Ellis, D.O. to the medical staff in Angelina County at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group.
Ellis specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of adult and adolescent diseases.
Prior to coming to Lufkin, Ellis served at the Veterans Healthcare Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he helped develop treatment plans for veterans entering the health care system.
He has worked at various clinics and military bases across the country, including San Antonio and Hawaii. At the Warrior Transition Clinic in San Antonio he coordinated primary care for active duty military members returning from theaters of conflict and provided medical, behavioral and transitional care to injured and ill military members and their families. During that time, he was also the Medical Director of the Fort Sam Houston Primary Care Clinics at the San Antonio Military Medical Center.
A retired colonel with the U.S. Army Medical Department, Ellis has received multiple awards for his service over the past three decades.
Ellis received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. He completed his internship at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and his residency at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. Ellis also received his Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and completed a faculty development research fellowship at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.
Ellis is at 1105 W. Frank Ave., Suite 210, inside the Medical Arts Pavilion on the CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin campus. For more information, call 639-7591.
The Dallas Regional Office Staff of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be traveling through East Texas, conducting a series of “Rural Round-Up” stakeholder meetings. The Deep East Texas Council of Governments region — Area Agency on Aging meeting is set for 1-3 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Angelina County Senior Citizens Center, 2800 Valley Ave.
CMS is organizing and focusing its efforts to better “apply a rural lens” to the vision and work of the agency. The information provided will include the highlighting of Medicare’s expansion of rural health care policies, reducing provider and patient burden, Medicare transparency, changes in policy for durable medical equipment, and the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program.
CMS Dallas representatives also will be available to provide answers to Medicare questions that East Texans may have.
There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Call Pam Irvin in the AAA Aging and Disability Resource Center at (800) 256-6848, ext. 5307 to register.
For many families dealing with high energy bills, paying those bills can be overwhelming. Assistance with those bills may be available to families in Angelina County.
Greater East Texas Community Action Program is utilizing federal LIHEAP funding for households who qualify. Individuals are seen by appointment. To inquire or request help, call (800) 621-5746. The request is also found at get-cap.org.
Heritage Land Bank announced it will pay $3.5 million in cash patronage to its customers in April 2019. This year’s patronage distribution represents 70 basis points and is based on the association’s 2018 net earnings of $7.83 million and total assets of $524 million.
Because of Heritage Land Bank’s cooperative structure, its customers share in its ownership — and its earnings. When the association does well financially, a portion of the earnings is paid to borrowers in the form of a patronage dividend.
A part of the nationwide Farm Credit System, Heritage Land Bank has been financing the needs of farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, rural landowners and country homeowners for nearly 100 years. The lending cooperative is headquartered in Tyler, and operates branch offices in Athens, Fort Worth, Greenville, Jacksonville, McKinney, Nacogdoches, Palestine, Lufkin, Lindale and Tyler.