Celebrating 5 Years Serving the Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle Emergency Center is celebrating five-years of providing Mid-County with top quality emergency medical care. Golden Triangle Emergency Center was the first free-standing emergency center in mid-county, a service made all the more crucial after the recent closure of St. Mary’s Hospital in Port Arthur. We would like to thank the community for their use of the facility and belief in our company, we would not have made it five years if it were not for this communities’ support.

In the five years that Golden Triangle Emergency Center-Port Arthur has been proud to serve the community with charity programs, school presentations, assistance with emergency relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Each Year GTEC-Port Arthur also provides scholarships for an RN and LVN students from Lamar State College Port Arthur semi- annually. GTEC’s Marketing Director Kari Busch was awarded the Ambassador of the Year 2018 for her involvement in the community and with the chamber. GTEC is a huge asset to the community and hopes to continue to be able to serve the community for many more years to come.

Golden Triangle Emergency Center-Port Arthur is located at 8035 Memorial Blvd, Port Arthur TX 77640, next to Cheddars, in a state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot building with on-site imaging and laboratory facility and a full range of clinical services as well as occupational oversight. Golden Triangle Emergency Center provides concierge-level care to our local communities with state-of-the-art facilities, short wait times, and steadfast commitment to patient care. GTEC is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and treats all major and minor health emergencies. They have a phenomenal staff which pride themselves on complete and total patient care from the moment they arrive until they have been discharged. Your emergency won’t wait and neither should you! Let Golden Triangle Emergency Center be your Gold Standard for emergency and industrial care.

Golden Triangle Emergency Center Orange is proud to announce they have been presented with the COLA Laboratory Excellence Award

COLA is a physician-directed organization whose purpose is to promote excellence in laboratory medicine and patient care through a program of voluntary education, consultation, and accreditation. COLA helps us ensure accurate test results, run our lab in accordance with quality systems, and meet CLIA accreditation requirements in order to serve our patients better.

This prestigious award is only given to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey with zero deficiencies. Golden Triangle Emergency Center has earned the COLA Laboratory Excellence Award, a result of the hard work from their new Lab Lead, Jenna Mueller, EMT-P and Director of Nurses, Annie Kovatch, RN.

Jenna is a certified paramedic and has been with GTEC for over 4 years. She recently took on the responsibility of Lab Lead and worked tirelessly to earn a perfect score with COLA for Golden Triangle Emergency Center – Orange.

Golden Triangle Emergency Center’s goal is always to provide the resources, including health information our community needs to stay safe and healthy. However, when sickness or injuries strike, Golden Triangle Emergency Center is here 24/7, 365 days a year with gold standard in emergency and industrial care.

Healthy Vision Awareness Month


Simple things, like looking at your phone to check your Facebook, catching a movie with a friend, or flipping through a photo album of old pictures, would not be possible if we didn’t have healthy vision. It’s so easy to take things for granted until you lose them. May is Healthy Vision Month where we are reminded of the importance of healthy vision. There are about 1.3 billion people living with some form of vision impairment according to the World Health Organization. About 80 percent of those impairments are considered avoidable. Taking care of your eyes should be treated with the level of care you put into eating healthy and being physically active. Consult an eye care professional and follow a few tips to help you reduce your chances of vision loss. Your future self will thank you.

What Are the Signs You Need to See an Eye Care Professional Immediately?

  • Decreased vision
  • Eye pain
  • Drainage or redness of the eye
  • Double vision
  • Diabetes
  • Floaters (tiny specks that appear to float before your eyes)
  • Circles (halos) around light sources
  • If you see flashes of light

How Can You Protect Your Vision?

Get Regular Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exams

Your eye doctor can detect any eye problems early if you pay attention to the warning signs and make sure you visit your eye doctor regularly. Serious eye diseases such as glaucoma and age-relatedmacular degeneration (AMD) are more easily treated if caught early. Make sure to research your family’s eye health history. You may be at an increased risk so it’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition since some are hereditary.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Many eye diseases are linked to other health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol levels. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to not only your overall physical health but especially your eyes. Start adding more superfoods into your diet such as tuna, blueberries, dark chocolate, spinach, eggs, oysters, oranges and carrots to name a few. Exercise can also help reduce the risk of health problems. Incorporate frequent physical activity into your routine as much as possible a steer away from smoking tobacco. Research has shown that people who smoke tobacco are at a higher risk of developing cataracts, AMD, diabetic retinopathy and more

Wear Protective Eyewear  

If you work in an environment that involves an activity that can be potentially harmful to your eyes, make sure to wear protective eyewear and take extra safety precautions. Also, wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home, such as painting, yard work, and home repairs. When shopping for sunglasses, choose ones that block 99 percent to 100 percent of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. These will help prevent retinal damage along with protecting the delicate eyelid skin from both wrinkles and skin cancer around the eye, both cancerous and non-cancerous growths on the eye.

Contact Lens Care

It is easy to abuse contact lens, avoiding the following mistakes, you will save yourself from some serious eye damage such as corneal ulcers, severe pain, and even vision loss. Take extra precautions by avoiding the following:

  • Putting in or taking out your contact lens without washing your hands
  • Sleeping in contact lens that are not approved for overnight wear
  • Using saliva or water as a cleansing or wetting solution
  • Using expired solution
  • Using disposable contact lens beyond their wear

Give Your Eyes a Rest

This is especially a good idea if you have a job where you’re looking at a screen for long periods of time.  Use the 20-20-20 rule: look up from your work every twenty minutes at an object twenty feet away for twenty seconds.

Healthy vision requires you and your family to take safety precautions, maintain a healthy lifestyle, become knowledgeable about the warning signs of serious eye problems or family eye history, and lastly visit your eye doctor often.  Remember 80 percent of impairments are considered avoidable so be proactive to protect you and your family.

In the event of any health emergencies, Golden Triangle Emergency Center is here for you. Our concierge-level care for all ages is available 24/7 for local patients, and our doctors are ready to serve. When your family needs it most, we offer only the very best.

Nutex Health, Inc supports you and your family’s health. You can depend on Golden Triangle Emergency Center or any one of our concierge-level, freestanding emergency facilities to deliver the emergency care you deserve, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Golden Triangle Emergency Center-Port Arthur is proud to announce the spring 2019 LVN and RN scholarship winners.

GTEC works with Lamar State College-Port Arthur to encourage students with a proven academic record of excellence and a passion for healthcare to apply for these scholarships. In order to ensure that the community will be supported by the highest caliber of healthcare professionals, Golden Triangle Emergency Center invests in future generations of stand-out students by offering this scholarship twice a year; fall and spring semester.

The winner of the $250 LVN scholarship is Melanie Morton of Nederland, Texas. Melanie has been serving others since she was in middle school through mission trips and volunteering with her church. More recently she has volunteered her time as a swim instructor at the Shorkey Center for physical and occupational therapy and rehabilitation for children, and at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in the NICU department. Her passion for providing support and care to others is intensified by her first-hand experience of the profound difference a compassionate caregiver can make to a patient and their family. Her enthusiasm, background, and dedication to her goals make her the ideal recipient for this award. Melanie plans to continue her education upon graduation and pursue a Bachelor’s and then her Master’s degree.

The $500 RN scholarship winner is Afrania C. Davila of Port Arthur, Texas. A Cum Laude graduate of Lamar State College-Port Arthur’s LVN program, Afrania is pursuing her BSN in the Upward Mobility Nursing Program. Afrania knew she wanted to go into health care because when she was just 15 years old, she saved her sister’s life by staying calm and performing CPR on her after she suffered a seizure.  Her natural ability to focus and listen to the 911 operator’s instructions despite the chaos around her that was the deciding factor in her career path. Afrancia’s passion for clinical care is matched with the emphasis she puts on empathy and compassion with her patents. With clinical experience at St. Elizabeth, Medical Center of SETX, Baptist Hospital, and The Meadows of orange, along with excellent grades, Afrancia is a standout student and future RN. Upon graduation, she plans to seek employment in the ER or NICU and is keeping the door of possibility open to pursuing her Master’s.

Golden Triangle Emergency Center is proud to see the hard work going into the applicants’ education and looks forward to seeing them enrich the local workforce. Scholarship recipients must submit an 800 word essay, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and submit a resume illustrating a passion for the profession. If you are a student or know of one who fits the parameters required to receive this award, please encourage them to keep an eye on our Facebook page to see when we will be accepting applications for fall 2019 scholarships. Golden Triangle Emergency Center is here 24/7/365 for all your emergency needs.

Written by: Christina Segura

New Director of Nurses at GTEC- Orange

Annie has lived in Southeast Texas since the fourth grade. She graduated from WOS high school in 2005 and received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Lamar University in 2011.  She is married to her high school sweetheart Jared Kovatch, and the pair have settled in Orangefield to raise their two children Annalise and Maverick. Outside of work, Annie loves spending time outdoors hiking, gardening, and running. She is also an avid Crossfitter, foodie, and holistic lifestyle enthusiast. Annie and her family love to vacation together, and by 2021 the crew hopes to have a trip overseas in the works. 

Annie Kovatch, RN, BSN

Golden Triangle Emergency Center, Orange is honored and pleased to announce that Annie Kovatch R.N, B.S.N., has taken over as the new Director of Nursing; a critical position on the facility’s administrative team. Annie began her career with GTEC in 2014 at the Port Arthur facility. She quickly earned her way up to the position of Charge Nurse, and in 2017 was offered the opportunity to open a brand-new facility in Beaumont as their Director of Nursing. Her journey with the company has amassed her a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise. Orange is fortunate to have her serving the community she also calls home.

A longtime advocate for healthcare, Annie has been active in serving her community since high school. She was a member of HOSA and joined the workforce as an Emergency Room Nurse as quickly as she could in 2008. She has special training in the CVICU, is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association, and the Texas Nurses Association. She has worked closely with clubs in our community, and uses her bilingual skills to bridge communication gaps among Latino populations and their healthcare providers. 

In the next five years, Annie is looking to help GTEC expand its role in emergency care in the community. Orange county covers 380 square miles and is home to a population of approximately 82,000 people. Left without a hospital and only two free-standing ER’s to provide life-saving 24/7 emergency care, she is committed to working to ensure each citizen is aware of the resources GTEC can provide while continuing to evolve and improve on the gold standard of care the GTEC name prides itself on. “I’m so excited to learn and grow with this company in Orange County,” said Annie at her first staff meeting. “This is my home and I am proud to serve be able to serve it in this capacity.”

We are ecstatic to add Annie Kovatch to the GTEC team and are excited for the future. If you need to contact her please reach out to the facility at 409-920-4470.

Article Written by: Christina Segura

Employee of the Quarter April 2019

To receive this distinguished award we look for an employee who goes above and beyond their job requirements. Someone who is always looking for a way to better themselves, the people around them and this company. This individual has done just that.

We would like to congratulate Erica Lowe on being the employee of the quarter. She is a patient representative for GTEC Port Arthur, and has been with the company for 4 years. She graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 2001 and has worked a variety of jobs before finder her niche at GTEC. Her job entails: registering patients, quality patient care, handling inquiries about insurance and patient records, as well keep supplies and files stocked for front desk use. She goes above and beyond for this company to make other employees and patients happy and taken care of to her best ability. She is always smiling and willing to help in any way possible. Erica works extremely hard not just for GTEC but in her other jobs to make sure her kids are taken care of and want for nothing.

Erica is a mom of three, one son and 2 daughters. She loves going to the movies, eating at marble slab, reading books and movie and game night with her kiddos. Erica loves and is devoted to her kids, who have always been her biggest blessing and accomplishment.

Upon receiving this award, the employee will receive a certificate of recognition, their picture hung on the “Wall of Fame”, their own parking space for 90 days, 12 hours of paid time off, and their name is considered for employee of the year. Congratulations again Erica Lowe!

GTEC Annual Coloring Contest

Golden Triangle Emergency Center invites children in K-5 grade to participate in our 4th annual coloring contest. Please turn in the artwork to Golden Triangle Emergency Center (8035 Memorial Blvd Port Arthur, TX 77640) or Golden Triangle Emergency Center Orange (3107 Edgar Brown Drive Orange, TX 77630) by April 17th with the child’s name, grade, school, and phone number legible on the back. There will be a boy and a girl winner from K-2 grade and 3-5 grade. The winners will be announced on Thursday April 18th. Each winner will win an Easter Basket filled with Easter goodies that can be picked up at Golden Triangle Emergency Center.

Orange Celebrates a 4-Year Anniversary

Golden Triangle Emergency Center is celebrating four-years of providing the city of Orange with top quality emergency medical care, a service made all the more crucial after the closure of the emergency wing of Baptist Orange Hospital at the beginning of 2017. We would like to thank the community for their use of the facility and belief in our medical team. We would not have made it four years without this communities’ support.

In the four years that Golden Triangle Emergency Center-Orange has been proud to serve the community with charity programs, school presentations, and assistance with emergency relief efforts in the wake of the Deweyville flood and Hurricane Harvey. Each Year GTEC-Orange also provides scholarships for RN and LVN students from Lamar State College Orange. GTEC was recognized and awarded the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce Business Community Service of the Year Award in 2016 for their commitment and service to the community. Even when our own facility flooded during Hurricane Harvey, we were back on our feet after only one month, serving our community when they needed it most.

Golden Triangle Emergency Center-Orange is located at 3107 Edgar Brown Dr. Orange, TX 77630 in a state-of-the-art 7,000+ square foot building with on-site imaging and laboratory facility and a full range of clinical services as well as occupational oversight. We have an amazing staff and pride ourselves on patient care that starts at the top in our Medical Director, Brad Barton.

Golden Triangle Emergency Center provides concierge-level care to our local communities with state-of-the-art facilities, short wait times, and steadfast commitment to patient care. GTEC is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and treats all major and minor health emergencies. Golden Triangle Emergency Center sets the Gold Standard in emergency and industrial care. Only the Best Emergency Care for your family.

There will be no formal event but, please feel free to come out and take a tour of our beautiful facility, or contact Kari Busch, Director of Marketing, for more information at: 409-920-4470 or kbusch@gtec24.com.

Women’s Health Concerns

In a month marked by Women’s History and International Women’s Day, the health of women in the family come to the forefront of many people’s minds. Whether you’re thinking about mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, or even your health, there are certain conditions and concerns that are important for women to think about. To help all of the women in our community be aware of their unique health needs, Golden Triangle Emergency Center wants to discuss these risks.

Circulatory Conditions

While things like heart attacks and strokes are some of the leading causes of death in both men and women, these conditions are more likely to be fatal for women. In the case of heart attacks, women are more likely to die directly from them, since their symptoms can often manifest slowly or go unnoticed. Strokes, on the other hand, are more likely to occur in women due to factors involving hormonal changes which can occur before and after pregnancy, as well as post-menopausal hormonal shifts.

To help monitor and mitigate these conditions, it is important for women to talk to their doctors about any health and hereditary risks concerning heart attacks and strokes. Taking the right steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle early can go a long way towards preventing these serious conditions later in life.

Mental Illnesses

As awareness of conditions like depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues increases, so have the studies concerning who suffers from them the most. According to a 2016 publication by The Lancet, women are twice as likely to develop depression in their lifetime than men are. This can be due to a variety of genetic and environmental factors, but one of those factors often has to do with stress.

Women have generally higher stress levels, according to surveys conducted by the American Psychological Association. Stress levels in women have tended to go up in recent years, and this can contribute to mental illnesses, as well as physical health conditions. It makes monitoring stress important for women in every family.  Women need to be able to speak up about their stress levels and seek help when necessary, even if that means from a counselor or a psychiatrist.

Bone Strength

It’s no secret that conditions like osteoporosis tend to occur more often in women, but did you know that women are also more likely to suffer from arthritis? Both of these conditions, which are tied into the strength of bones and tendons over time, affect many women later in life.

To help combat this natural weakening of the bones, women should make an extra effort to be mindful of their bone health. Incorporate multivitamins and bone-strengthening foods into your diet and engage in consistent weight-training exercises. Even very light weight lifting with small dumbbells can help to strengthen joints and bones early in life and set the building blocks for a strong body later down the line.

Golden Triangle Emergency Center encourages all of the wonderful women in our community to consider their health. A woman’s health and longevity are more than just annual check-ups. Women should talk with their doctors about any family history of concerns they have concerning heart health, bone health, and even mental illness. In the case of any medical emergencies, then our staff of highly-trained doctors and nurses are on call 24/7 to give you the compassionate care you deserve.

Nutex Health, Inc supports you and your family’s health. You can depend on Golden Triangle Emergency Center or any one of our concierge-level, freestanding emergency facilities to deliver the emergency care you deserve, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

5th Annual GOLF UNITED Golf Tournament 2019

All tournament proceeds will be donated to the United Ways of Mid and South Jefferson Country & Orange Country

Golden Triangle Emergency Center and the United way of Mid and South Jefferson and Orange Country are happy to be hosting their 5th Annual Gold United Gold Tournament.

Registration / Sponsorship:

To register or be a sponsor please click here.

# Available Item Name/Description Price
32 Team Sponsorship $300
18 Hole Sponsorship $125
01 Breakfast Sponsor $100
01 Trophy Sponsor $300
02 Drink Sponsor $500
01 Longest Drive $200
01 Closest to the pin $200
02 Hole in One Sponsor $500