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Hugs From Heaven at Medical Arts Hospital


Cindy Lentz holds one of the Hugs from Heaven blankets designed to honor her life-long friend, Sherry Bailey

















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.



Medical Arts Hospital has now raised more than $90,000 for United Fund


Kristin Wylie and Lillian Lynch unveil the total for the 2015 United Fund Drive.

Kristin Wylie and Lillian Lynch unveil the total for the 2015 United Fund Drive.

Medical Arts Hospital is very proud to announce that for the sixth year in a row, employees of the hospital have generously supported the Dawson County United Fund Drive. This year, the six week long hospital campaign raised $15,842.  These funds will be used to support The Lamesa Boys and Girls Club, Dawson County Senior Citizen’s Center and Teen Court. Medical Arts has played a significant role in fundraising for this funds. In the last six years of participation, the Hospital and it’s employees have donated $91,042.


Each year the hospital has a bit of fun with the campaign. This year’s theme was Office Olympics. Teams of employees competed against each other for 5 weeks during lunch on Friday. Employees purchased a special meal each week with proceeds benefiting United Fund and they purchased votes to determine which 3 managers would participate in the “CLOSING CEREMONIES.”


Here are a few of the great memories made during UNITED FUNDAYS 2015.

The yellow team wins the Post-it note challenge. They got 608 post its to stick to their team capital in 2 minutes.

The yellow team wins the Post-it note challenge. They got 608 post its to stick to their team capital in 2 minutes.

Special thanks to Traci Brown, Kristin Wylie and Lillian Lynch. They were the organizers of the United Fund activities this year. Here they are ready to serve as Judges.

Special thanks to Traci Brown, Kristin Wylie and Lillian Lynch. They were the organizers of the United Fund activities this year. Here they are ready to serve as Judges.





Our CEO, Letha Stokes, tries to hit a bulls eye.

Our CEO, Letha Stokes, tries to hit a bulls eye during the Marshmallow launch. Red Team wins!


The three "winning" managers are adorned with medals made of office supplies.

The three “winning” managers are adorned with medals made of office supplies.


They are ready for their surprise.

They are ready for their surprise.

Mid-air crème pie throw.

Mid-air crème pie throw.




The aftermath. Thanks to Joey Parks, Jan Yoder and Rey Trevino for being such great sports.

The aftermath. Thanks to Joey Parks, Jan Yoder and Rey Trevino for being such great sports.






Waylan and Dylan Hogg present Angela Acevedo,RN, Hospice Administrator with a check for $10,000 to fund programs for hospice patients and families. Others in attendance from left to right, Trena Cave, MSW-Hospice Social Work Coordinator, Sarita Cooley-Hospice Chaplin and Volunteer Coordinator, Rosie Hair-Hospice Volunteer, Dr. Griengsak Chowpaknam-Hospice Medical Director, Angela Acevedo ,RN-Hospice Administrator, Waylan Hogg, Dylan Hogg, and Betty Leonard-Hospice Volunteer.

Wayne Hogg Family makes generous donation to Medical Arts Hospital Hospice

On Friday, October 30th Waylan and Dylan Hogg presented a check for $10,000 to the Dawson Medical Foundation in order to fund programs offered by the Medical Arts Hospital Hospice program. The gift is a memorial to their late father, Wayne Hogg. The memorial funds were the proceeds of the 4th annual Wayne Hogg Memorial Golf Tournament played on August 21-22. This $10,000 donation more than doubled the gifted proceeds from last year’s tournament. The family set an ambitious goal of donating $10,000 this year and they reached it by raffling a golf cart and other premium golf items. Hospice was an important service to Wayne and his family in the last days of his battle with cancer. This generous gift will allow hospice staff the ability to serve patients and their families in deeper and more meaningful ways this year. To date, the family of Wayne Hogg has donated $16,700 to ease the burden of hospice families as they walk through their tender season of illness and loss. The Dawson Medical Foundation is grateful to Waylan, his brother Dylan and the entire Hogg Family for their continued support of Medical Arts’ Hospice program through the Wayne Hogg Memorial Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the Golf Tournament also fund scholarships for seniors and other benevolent projects.


Borden County Class of 2016 Donates to MAH Women’s Center

IMG_0196 Members of Borden County’s Class of 2016 present Shayla Cozart, Medical Arts Hospital Women’s Center Director, a check for $500 to benefit mammography efforts in our community.

Borden County Class of 2016 donates to Medical Arts Hospital’s mammography program in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The members of Borden County’s Senior class raised money through the sale of pink breast cancer awareness for their Pink Out pep rally on Oct. 22. They donated $500 from the sale of these shirts to benefit the Women’s Center at the new Medical Arts Hospital Women’s Center where digital mammograms are offered locally.

THANK YOU for your very generous gift!

Meet our Mammography Team

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On Wednesday, July 15th, Medical Arts Hospital began performing mammography for patients at the new Medical Arts Hospital Specialty Annex. In addition to offering the latest in digital mammography equipment, the hospital has assembled a team of Radiologic Technologists (RT) with experience performing mammography and a passion for helping women get the life-saving screening.

 These two mammography professionals are Shayla Cozart and Lori Barbee. Shayla Cozart has been a Registered Radiologic Technologist, RT, (R) for 3 years. Two of those years have been at Medical Arts Hospital. She was born and raised in Dawson County. Lori Barbee has 26 years’ experience as a Registered Radiologic Technologist, RT, (R). She has been performing mammograms for more than 24 years and has been with Medical Arts Hospital for six years.

 In April, Cozart and Barbee completed 40 hours of required mammography training in Houston. The training is required yearly and covers new methods and technologies in breast cancer detection.

 Barbee and Cozart are both advocates for breast cancer awareness. They each have breast cancer survivors in their immediate families. Knowing the capabilities of the modern equipment, how clear the images are and how easy it is to detect breast cancer early gives these women a passion for making sure all women get the recommended number of mammograms. The convenience and availability of digital mammography in our community removes many barriers that keep women from being tested.

 Patients wishing to find out more about mammography or schedule an appointment should call 872-4179.