Nurses Week GTEC- Orange

We would like to thank the AMAZING Nurses that work at GTEC- Orange and tell you a little about each of them.

Casey Daigle our Employee of the year 2021. Pictured with his beautiful wife Wendy and three children. One of the many reasons we appreciate Casey is when Hurricane Harvey made its landfall, GTEC was impacted like many other homes and facilities in our area. When we needed help getting back to working conditions, Casey volunteered himself and his time. He was first on the scene prepared with his own personal equipment to help rebuild our ER. He worked, without complaint, in 100 degree weather and always stayed in contact with management to make sure our facility was okay. Casey is also a veteran from the US Navy and Graduate from McNeese and has been a nurse for 13 years.



John Hennessy is our charge nurse and employee of the year in 2019. John is a father of two beautiful children, Kortlyn and Jase, married for 17 years to his wife Maegan and dad to their dog Cash. He loves LSU, golf, cars, music and traveling. He graduated from Vidor High School and graduated from Excelsior college. He’s a big foodie. A has been a nurse for 11 years and in the ER for almost 20.



Brandon & Aubrey Welch have been married for 5 years this year and are parents to 2 hairless cats (Ollie and Opie) and 1 dog (Odus). They both love to travel the world and have adventures. Aubrey is a native of Orange, graduated from Lamar Orange and went to Bridge City high school. Her husband Brandon had been a nurse for 11 years.



Blake Shute has been a nurse for 11 years. He and his wife had a Halloween party last year and surprised everyone by having a wedding! Father to Jolie and Lily as well as their great dane Rufio. Jack of all trades and loves to read auto biographies and listening to classic rock as well as a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers. Blake graduated from Orangefield high school and Lamar Orange.



Sherry Jones has been a nurse for 24 years. Mom to three kids (Christian, Josh and Jeremy) and loves to spend time at her property in Silsbee with her horse. Sherry has an amazing personality and a joy to work with. Married to her late husband for more than 20 years.



Jordan Read has been a nurse for 11 years. Pictured with his girlfriend Paola (Pao) (also a nurse) and a native of Orange. He graduated from Lamar Orange and went to LCM high school.



Finally our Director of Nurses Annie Kovatch. Annie moved to southeast Texas when she was in 4th grade. She later married her high school sweetheart and now resides in Orangefield where they are raising their two children Annalise and Maverick. Annie has worked as an Emergency Room Nurse since 2008 and has special training in the CVICU, is a member of Emergency Nurses Association, and Texas Nurses Association. Annie is bi-lingual and has worked closely with clubs in our community like the Lions Club and the America Red Cross. She has been able to grow with the company originally PRN, to full time nurse, to Charge Nurse, then the Director of Nurses and help open a new facility.

Employee of the Quarter

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 Sheala Vice on being the employee of the quarter. She is a staff radiology technologist for GTEC Port Arthur and has been with the company since its inception 5 years ago. She graduated from Orange Memorial High School and has over 47 years of experience in her field. She helped create the protocols and techniques used at GTEC today for the CT machine. Her job entails: quality patient care, Quality Control of the CT machine, X-Ray patients, help with labs and run tests. She goes above and beyond for this company to make other employees and patients happy and taken care of. Sheala is always helping with event and continuing to find ways to improve Golden Triangle Emergency Center.

Sheala is mom to three daughters, 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter, and she has two cats Ash and Bibbity (like Cinderella). She loves to read books- preferably crime novels (she could take us all out), garden, shop, admire jewelry, food and to travel! She loves her grandchildren and is always attending their events in Bridge City. She just recently returned from a trip to Russia and Rome and will be heading to London by the end of this month.  So, if you see her be sure to tell her congratulations!

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 Sheala Vice!

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

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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-related macular 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

Golden Triangle Emergency Center, Orange Announces Spring 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Each fall and spring semester, Golden Triangle Emergency Center in Orange awards a $250, and $500 scholarship to students enrolled in the LVN and RN program at Lamar State College-Orange, respectively.

Golden Triangle Emergency Center staffs its facilities with top-tier professionals and recognizes the value of investing in the future generations of healthcare providers in our local community. The scholarship recipients must demonstrate passion for the profession in an 800 word essay, have a 3.0 GPA, and submit a resume illustrating a history of excellence.

This year’s LVN scholarship was awarded to Parker Kidder of Orange, Texas. Parker is a nursing student at LSCO and has a GPA of 3.75. Passionate about providing high-quality healthcare with an emphasis on compassion and patient education, Parker stood out as the kind of future healthcare professional that would enrich the workforce. Parker plans to continue his education and pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing upon completion of the LVN program.

Landon Procella of Orange, Texas, is this spring’s RN scholarship recipient. Landon is an LVN who graduated from LSC-O in 2016. Upon graduation, Landon worked as a Medical Surgical Nurse at The Medical Center of SETX. He currently works full-time as a floor nurse and part-time in case management at Post Acute Medical Rehab Hospital of Beaumont while enrolled in the RN program at LSC-O. Landon’s dedication to providing meaningful care to his patients while studying to expand his skill-set in healthcare set his application apart.  He plans to apply to a Nurse Practitioner program sometime after graduation.

Golden Triangle Emergency Center would like to congratulate both these men on their accomplishments and wish them luck with their future endeavors. If you are an LVN or RN nursing student at Lamar State College-Orange, or know a student who meets the qualifications, keep an eye on Golden Triangle Emergency Centers Facebook page to see when we will be accepting applications for the fall 2019 scholarship. 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!

RN and LVN Scholarships Spring 2019

Golden Triangle Emergency Center is offering a Scholarship to an LVN and RN student from both Lamar State College Port Arthur and Lamar State College Orange.

To apply you must be enrolled in the Registered Nursing Program or the Licensed Vocational Nursing program, have at least a 3.0 GPA, submit a transcript, resume, and 800 word essay describing why you should be chosen for this award, why you chose nursing for your career and your plans for the future upon graduation.

Application deadline is April 24th for Orange and April 26th for Port Arthur. The LVN winners will receive $250 and the RN winners will receive $500. Good Luck