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Read our healthy lifestyle blog, sign up for lifestyle management coaching, or general health including: nutrition, stress management, physical activity, educational flyers, wellness, and rehabilitation, and more.



We will help you prepare for your baby by teaching you about the labor & delivery process, breastfeeding, and caring for your new baby! RSVP by emailing or leave a voicemail at 940-428-6218. 

Location: Classroom #3 (3rd floor of the main hospital) 

Time: 9 AM – 12:30 PM 

2022 Childbirth Class Dates: May 28, June 25, July 30, August 27, October 1, November 5, December 3 


Mental Health

Mental health is more than not having mental health problems like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or other psychological issues. It is the ability to manage life’s challenges and be resilient.

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They are rich in fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and manganese. An entire cup contains only 84 calories.  Blueberries are one of the best natural sources of antioxidants.

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Men’s Health

Discuss lifestyle modifications and screenings that may be needed. Your primary care provider is your ally in preventing and managing chronic diseases.

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Summer Heat

Heat stroke occurs when the body no longer sweats and body temperature reaches dangerous levels. Symptoms of heat stroke include:

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Snake Bites

Snake season is here! That is no reason to avoid the outdoors. Enjoy nature and stay safe with top tips for a safe snake season:

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Water on Lungs

Even if a child is just under the water for a minute or two, take them straight to the emergency room after a water scare. Keep these safety rules in mind when you have small children in your care:

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Save Your Skin

SLIP, SLOP, SLAP AND WRAP! Skin Cancer is on the Rise in the United States. Skin Cancer is the most common form of Cancer.

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Follow the My Plate eating style to promote a balanced and healthful meal across all cultures and cuisine! My plate is an easy way to achieve a balanced diet. It incorporates the principles of the Mediterranean pyramid in an easy-to-follow guide.

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What is Aphasia

Over 2,000,000 Americans have the disorder of aphasia. Aphasia awareness increased by the recent announcement that Bruce Willis was stepping back from acting because of aphasia.

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Stress and Digestion

Did Spinach Save Popeye? No! The problem is that Popeye was always in a crisis and highly stressed when he ate it. Our body has evolved a mechanism designed to get us out of danger called the fight or flight response.

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How much sleep do we need? Newborns need 14 to 17 hours of sleep a day. Preschoolers 3-5 years need 10 to 13 hours of sleep. School-age children aged 6 to 12 need 9 to 12 hours of sleep. Teenagers aged 13 to 18 need 8 to 10 hours of sleep. Adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep.

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Brain Injuries and Rehabilitation

Chad Pittmon is a Palo Pinto General Hospital physical therapist who is fantastic at helping people with neurological problems. Chad uses an evidence-based 3-pronged approach. When improving the patient’s function, we use the terms: apoptosis and neural plasticity.

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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. There are over 500,000 individuals currently diagnosed. However, experts believe that the disease is underdiagnosed, so the true incidence of the disease could be closer to one million. In addition, it is considered a disease of aging, with most people diagnosed after 60 years.

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Love Your Heart

Simple lifestyle changes: Whole food plant-based diet, exercise, not smoking, stress management, and good social support decrease the incidence of heart disease. It even improves heart function. Eat Well, Move More, Stress Less, and Love More.

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The lungs are organs in the chest responsible for moving air in and out of the body. Air enters the lungs, and oxygen transfers from the lungs into the bloodstream when we breathe in.

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Pain Awareness

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience from actual or potential tissue damage. A person’s physical and emotional health, social environment, and cultural upbringing all affect pain perception.

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Sepsis arises when the body is overwhelmed by and infection. The reaction to the infection injures the tissues and organs. Sepsis may lead to shock, multi-organ failure and death if not recognized early and treated promptly

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Healthy You in 2022

The life expectancy of an American born today is about 78.2 years. We are amazed when someone (Like Betty White) reaches 100 and is still able to function mentally and physically. In 2021, seventy thousand Americans will reach their 100th birthday! The determinant factors of whether we reach this goal (or not) are 10% Healthcare, 20% genetics, and 70% lifestyle and environment.

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Importance of Vaccines

Vaccines are effective in preventing harmful diseases. These are just a few examples of vaccines that improve health & quality of life.

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Sign up for three sessions with nurse coach Carla Hay-Purdue, if you want to tweak your lifestyle and seek expert advice! Carla is a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, and is Nurse Coach – Board Certified. Carla also works with those experiencing diabetes, hypertension, heart disease. Carla will help you develop self-confidence and make progress toward your wellness goals.

 Overview of the sessions:

 Session 1:  goals for health/ focus on nutrition (based on the Mediterranean Diet)

 Session 2:   Question & Answer/ the Mediterranean Diet shopping and cooking

 Session 3:   managing stress, cravings and habits

 Additional sessions: based on person’s identified goals

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Educational Videos

CPR for Infants

General Information Sites

Center for Disease Control
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Current Topics/Patient Information




Corona Virus


Nutritional Fact Sheet

Diabetes Meal Plans & A Healthy Diet

My Pyramid Plan

Palo Pinto General Hospital offers outpatient diabetes self management education and is nationally accredited with the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Diabetes Self-management education/training (DSME/T) is the ongoing process of facilitating the knowledge, skill, and ability necessary for diabetes self care.

This process incorporates the needs, goals, and life experiences for the person with diabetes and is guided by evidence-based standards. The overall objectives of DSME/T are to support informed decision-making, self care behaviors, problem-solving and active collaboration with the health care team, and improve clinical outcomes, health status, and quality of life.

For more information contact:
Janiel L. Werner MS, RD, LD
Clinical Dietitian
Palo Pinto General Hospital

Additional Information on Diabetes

H1N1 (Swine Flu)

Heart Disease


MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

MRSA in Schools

MRSA among Athletes

MRSA and the Environment

Recently gave birth to my son at Palo Pinto General hospital. I can't find or say all the words to describe how amazing each and every one of the staff members were! They were all extremely sweet, caring and outstanding. I especially could not have imagined doing it without two specific nurses, Cathy and Heidi. They were beyond helpful, supportive, very caring, never hesitated to answer any of my million questions, and always made sure I was okay. My labor and delivery there could not have gone any better! Thank y'all so much

Tiffany Allman

Employees are always helpful, friendly. Usually the wait to see a doctor in the emergency room isnt too long and no matter if your health issue at the time is severe or not - each patient is treated with the same care, kindness & compassion.

Amie Carroll

Great service! Hands down the best place to have a baby. From labor & delivery to postpartum to caring for the baby, best people to have caring for your.

Meagan L