Heat-Related Illnesses: Signs and Emergency Room Treatment

With the summer temperatures rising, so do the risks of heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. These conditions can escalate quickly and need immediate medical attention. Recognizing the signs and symptoms is essential for intervening on time and stopping any serious issues. Here are some things to know about identifying and managing heat related illnesses, including when to seek help from an emergency room.

Understanding Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is what comes before the more severe heat related conditions and normally happens when the body loses too much water and salt through sweating excessively. Common symptoms generally include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Cool, moist skin
  • Muscle cramps

If you or someone you know has these symptoms, it is crucial to act as quickly as possible to prevent progression to heat stroke.

Recognizing Heat Stroke
Heat stroke is a life-threatening emergency that happens when the body’s temperature regulation fails, which causes the body temperature to rise quickly. Signs of a heat stroke include:

  • High body temperature
  • Hot, dry skin
  • Profusely sweating
  • Throbbing headache
  • Confusion or agitation
  • Slurred speech
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness

Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention. By delaying treatment, it can actually lead to organ damage or even death.

Emergency Room Treatment
When heat-related symptoms are severe or if there is even a suspicion of heat stroke, seeking help at an emergency room is important. The staff of the emergency room is fully prepared to provide rapid cooling measures and medical interventions to stabilize the patient’s condition. Treatment may include:

  • Cooling the body: Using ice packs, cold water immersion, or evaporative cooling techniques in order to lower the body temperature quickly.
  • Fluid replacement: Administering intravenous fluids to rehydrate and restore electrolyte balance.
  • Monitoring: Continual monitoring of vital signs and organ function to find and manage any complications.
  • Medical assessment: Evaluating for any potential underlying conditions or complications that might be associated with heat exposure.

Prevention Tips
Prevention is the key to avoiding heat-related illnesses:

  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Limit outdoor activity: Try to stay indoors more often, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Wear appropriate clothing: Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat can help protect against the sun.
  • Take breaks: Consider resting in shaded or air-conditioned areas frequently.
  • Check on others: Remember to especially check on those who are at a higher risk, like the elderly or people with chronic illnesses.

By understanding the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and knowing when to reach out for help from an emergency room, you can work to take proactive steps to stay safe during these hot summer months. Please don’t hesitate to look for medical attention if you or someone you know shows signs of severe heat exhaustion or heat stroke – it could save a life.

Stay informed, stay hydrated, and enjoy a safe and healthy summer season. Your well-being is our priority at Golden Triangle Emergency Center in Orange, Texas, where we are always prepared to provide expert care when you need it most.

Discovering Excellence: Exploring What We Have to Offer

In the world of healthcare of emergencies, moments matter the most. Whether it is a sudden
injury, a concerning sickness, or a sudden medical event, having quick access to comprehensive
care is of the utmost importance. This is where Golden Triangle Emergency in Orange comes
into play with top tier emergency medical services that embody the new generation of healthcare
excellence.

Emergency Care Services
Golden Triangle Emergency Center stands as a testament to innovation in emergency care
services. Dedicated to giving both adults and children a full spectrum of care, we prioritize
patient satisfaction, superior comfort, and above all else, top quality medical attention. Our
facility offers a wide range of services that are uniquely created to address an extensive array of
emergencies as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Emergency Care for Adults and Children
From abdominal pain to allergic reactions, and from fractures to foreign body removals, our team
of experts is ready to handle any emergency with precision and care. Whether it is simply a
minor ailment or a major trauma, every patient will receive personalized attention and quick help
to make sure that they get the best possible outcome.

Trauma/Acute Care
In times of crisis, Golden Triangle Emergency Center in Orange comes out as a beacon of hope.
Our trauma and acute care services keep you covered for everything from burns to concussions,
making sure that everyone receives quick and easy treatment, minimizing discomfort and
optimizing recovery.

Cardiology
Heart health is essential, and at Golden Triangle Emergency Center, we work hard to safeguard
it. From chest pain to congestive hear failure, our cardiology services are tailored to provide
comprehensive care, backed by cutting edge technology and seasoned expertise.

Imaging and Laboratory Services
Quick and accurate diagnostics are the cornerstone of effective treatment. Our state of the art
imaging services, which include CT scans, ultrasounds, and X-rays, allow our medical team to
make informed decisions efficiently, making sure that intervene in a timely and precise way.

Occupational Medicine
Recognizing the important link between health and occupation, Golden Triangle Emergency
Center offers specialized care for occupational injuries. Our occupational medicine services not
only focus on individual recovery but also on making sure workplace safety is emphasized to
benefit both employees and employers alike.

Experience the Golden Triangle Emergency Center Difference
From the moment you stop through our doors, you will experience the Golden Triangle
Emergency Center difference. Our patient-centric approach mixed with cutting edge technology
and compassionate care makes sure that you receive the attention you deserve without delay.

At Golden Triangle Emergency Center, your well-being is our utmost priority. With a
commitment to excellence woven into every facet of our operation, you can rest assured knowing
that you are in good hands, receiving the highest standard of emergency care available.

In the realm of emergencies, trust Golden Triangle Emergency Center in Orange to be your
partner in health. Because when it comes to your well-being, every moment matters, and we are
here to make those moments count.

Nursing Scholarship Opportunity

Golden Triangle Emergency Center- Orange is excited to be awarding two scholarships to one student that is currently enrolled in the Registered Nursing Program, and one student that is currently enrolled in the Licensed Vocational Nursing Program at Lamar State College Orange.  The scholarship award will be $1,000.00 for RN and $500 for LVN.  Please provide your current transcripts, resume, and an 800-word essay behind this cover sheet and return it to your instructor no later than May 13th.   The award will be presented to the student who best meets the eligibility criteria listed below.

  • Must be a full-time student.
  • Must hold at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Must submit 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.
  • Deadline for application is May 13th.
  • The winner will be notified by May 15th and the award will be presented at our facility in Orange by the DON Annie Kovatch.

8th Annual Coloring Contest- GTEC Orange

Golden Triangle Emergency Center Orange invites children in K-5 grade to participate in our 8th annual coloring contest. Attached is a sheet for each student to color however they would like. Please return the artwork to Golden Triangle Emergency Center Orange (3107 Edgar Brown Drive Orange TX 77630) by Thursday February 8thwith the child’s name, school, gender, and grade legible. There will be a boy and a girl winner from k-1, 2-3 and 4- 5 grade. The winners will be announced on Friday February 9th. Each winner will receive a basket filled with goodies that can be picked up at Golden Triangle Emergency Center Orange.

GTEC Annual Coloring Contest 2023

Golden Triangle Emergency Center- Orange invites children in K-5 grade to participate in our 7th annual coloring contest. Creativity is a bonus!

Please return the artwork to Golden Triangle Emergency Center Orange (3107 Edgar Brown Drive Orange, TX 77630) by Monday March 13th with the child’s name, gender, school, grade and phone number legible. There will be a boy and a girl winner from K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd and 4th-5th grade.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday March 15th. Each winner will win a Basket filled with goodies that can be picked up at Golden Triangle Emergency Center in Orange.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call 409-920-4470

The More You Know

The “Did You Know?” Campaign for Golden Triangle Emergency Center- Orange is an informative campaign launched to further educate the public on the services we offer our community, how to understand your bill and the laws that are in place to help you.

Understanding your (EOB)

The Explanation of benefits (EOB) is a form that the insurance companies will send to their members to explain what part of a claim was paid by insurance, what part was not paid, and why.

How to Read Your EOB

An EOB from your insurance company will typically include the following information:

Top of Your EOB: Date of Service and Member identification information, and the claim number. You will need this information to check on the status of a claim.

Under Claim details: You will be provided the amount billed, adjusted amount (Discounted), amount not covered, Co-Pay, Deductible, Co-insurance, what your plan paid and what you owe.

A bill for any amounts you may owe will come separately. Review it carefully to make sure you actually received the services being billed, that the amount your healthcare provider received and your share are correct, and that your diagnosis and procedure are correctly listed.

An Example of an EOB

Highlighted in Yellow is the amount billed by our facility. Highlighted in blue is the amount your insurance company adjusted/discounted off. Highlighted in red is the amount your insurance company paid. Highlighted in green is the amount you a projected to owe.

Diving Deeper into this EOB

In this graph you will see our facility billed $4,302.04 to this particular insurance company. The insurance company adjusted off $3,253.51 or 75% from the total bill and paid $897.67 or 20%. This leaves the patient responsible for $150.86 or 3.5%. However, the problem with this example is the patient has met their deductible and insurance should cover more than 20%.

Adjusted Amount

The Adjusted Amount ( or sometimes listed as discounted amount) is the difference between the amount our facility (GTEC) billed your insurance company and what your insurance company chose to pay. This amount is not what the insurance company paid.

Breaking Down of the EOB

It is important to always check over your EOB closely. You may have received a service that is not covered by your insurance in which case you are responsible for paying the full amount. Your EOB will generally indicate how much of your annual deductible and out-of-pocket maximum have been met. If you’re receiving ongoing medical treatment, this can help you plan ahead and determine when you’re likely to hit your out-of-pocket maximum. At that point, your insurance company will pay for any covered in-network services you need for the remainder of the year.

Assistance

Filing an insurance appeal
If your insurance company denies a claim for treatment, you have the right to appeal. The policy holder or guardian can write a letter supporting your case and provide documentation, such as journal articles, list of symptoms, to support why a certain procedure or treatment was medically necessary.

You can file an appeal up to 180 days after you are notified of a denial. The explanation of benefits (EOB) you get from your insurance company will have information about how to file. If you do, your insurer must do what the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services calls a “full and fair review” of its initial rejection. If you lose here, you can request an “external review” by an independent organization accredited to review health care decisions.

The Patient Advocate Foundation has a downloadable guide with detailed advice on navigating this process, including sample appeal letters and a checklist of evidence to gather.https://www.patientadvocate.org/

Appeal Tips

  1. Get the itemized bill: Our facility sends a bill that summarizes the services you received and lists payments for each service as well as a total amount.
  2. To spot problems, ask for an itemized statement, this is just a more detailed explanation of the services provided.
  3. Take notes/Gather evidence: Starting with your first phone call, write down the date and time, the name of every person you talk to and the information they share. If you hit a brick wall request to speak to a supervisor.
  4. Check to see if you are being charged for services you didn’t receive, medications you didn’t take or facilities you didn’t use.
  5. Compare the bill with the explanation of benefits (EOB) sent by your insurance company.
  6. CALL US: Ask our facility about any charges you don’t understand, point out any obvious errors and request that they review your bill.
  7. Contact your insurance company: If your health plan isn’t covering something you thought would be covered, call the customer service line and ask directly, “What needs to happen for this to be covered? ”Sometimes, it’s just a matter of the medical provider entering the wrong code when it submitted your claim.

Affordable Care Act

Prudent Layperson Standard

One of the most important principles supporting the medical safety net is the “prudent layperson” standard for defining an emergency, which requires health insurance plans to base reimbursement on a patient’s presenting complaint rather than the final diagnosis.

This means insurers must cover emergency department care, for example, when a patient’s severe chest pain turns out to be heartburn rather than a heart attack. Such a determination often takes hours, multiple diagnostic tests, and the considered judgment of an experienced emergency physician. Under the prudent layperson standard, insurers cannot use the final diagnosis as an excuse to deny coverage.

Affordable Care Act

What is the Affordable Care Act? The “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) is the name for the comprehensive health care reform law and its amendments. This law addresses health insurance coverage, health care costs, and preventive care.

Rights & protections

The health care law offers rights and protections that make coverage more fair and easy to understand.

Additional rights and benefits:

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.