THE CHAMBER OF TYLER COUNTY TEXAS
 

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Health Facilities - The number of acute and psychiatric care hospitals in Tyler County as of September 2006 was 1, with an average total beds capacity of approximately 49.0 compared to a statewide ratio of 122.0 beds per hospital according to statistical reports from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Link to http://www.dshs.state.tx.us for more data reporting on health care facilities. The Texas State Board of Pharmacy data for September 2006 shows there are 6 licensed pharmacies in the study area. The total number of licensed pharmacies statewide is 5,813. For additional information on Texas Pharmacies, link to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy at http://www.tsbp.state.tx.us/index.htm.

Health Practitioners - According to the Texas Department of State Health Services September 2005 report, there were 14 direct patient care and primary care physicians who practiced in the region. The ratio of total persons to each physician in the area was 1,519.9 residents per each physician. This compares to a statewide ratio of 446.4 persons for each physician in Texas. Another way of reporting these figures is by showing the number of physicians as a ratio per 100,000 residents. In this study area, the ratio in direct patient care was 3,039.9 as compared to the statewide ratio of 642.3 in direct patient care physicians per 100,000 population as of 2005. The ratio of physicians in primary care was 3,039.9 compared to a statewide ratio of 1,463.5 physicians in primary care per 100,000 persons in the population statewide. Link to http://www.dshs.state.tx.us for more data.

The study area had a total of 54 registered nurses (RN) working in the study area, representing a ratio of 394.1 persons for each RN in the area. The statewide ratio was 159.1 persons for each RN in the state. For the same time period, the ratio of RNs per 100,000 population was 253.7 compared to 628.5 per 100,000 statewide. Link to http://www.dshs.state.tx.us for more data.

The number of licensed vocational nurses (LVN) who practiced in the area was 120 representing a ratio of 177.3 persons per each LVN in the area. This compared to 371.7 persons per each LVN statewide. The ratio of LVNs per 100,000 population was 564.0 compared to 269.0 per 100,000 population statewide. See http://www.dshs.state.tx.us
for a wider variety of Health Professionals and related information.

The Texas Department of State Health Services information for September 2005 also reports that there were 4 dentists in the study area, with a ratio of 5,319.8 persons for each dentist in the area. The ratio of dentists per 100,000 residents was 18.8. By comparison, there was a statewide ratio of 35.7 dentists per 100,000 residents, with a total of 8,213 dentists statewide. See http://www.dshs.state.tx.us for a wider variety of Health Professionals and related information.

According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services for September 2005, there were 37 licensed Emergency Medical Technicians, or EMTs, for the study area; a ratio of 173.9 licensed EMTs per 100,000 residents. The statewide ratio was 218.6 EMTs per 100,000 residents, with a total of 50,291 EMTs statewide. See http://www.dshs.state.tx.us for a wider variety of Health Professionals and related information.

Also, according to the September 2005 report from the Texas Department of State Health Services, there were 10 pharmacists in this area, which is a ratio of 2,127.9 persons for each pharmacist. Texas has 16,944 pharmacists statewide, or a ratio of 1,357.6 persons for each pharmacist in the area. The ratio of pharmacists per 100,000 residents was 47.0 compared to 73.7 per 100,000 residents statewide. See http://www.dshs.state.tx.us for a wider variety of Health Professionals and related information.

The Texas Department of State Health Services information for September 2005 shows that for the study area there were 1 occupational therapists; a ratio of 21,279.0 persons for each occupational therapist. The statewide ratio was 4,296.3 persons for each occupational therapist, with a total of 5,354 occupational therapists statewide. The ratio of occupational therapists per 100,000 residents was 4.7 compared to 23.3 statewide. See http://www.dshs.state.tx.us for a wider variety of Health Professionals and related information.
                      
                         Medical & Health Services Employment *

Area Statewide
2004 1st Qtr2005 1st Qtr Pct Change
572541-5.42%
2004 1st Qtr2005 1st QtrPct Change
1,078,9641,105,3172.44%
  * Includes: Hospitals, Medical/Health Offices; Home Health, Nursing, Elderly Residential facilities; Individual/Family, Emergency & Other Relief Svcs., Vocational Rehab. Svcs. Due to confidentiality, employment for small areas may be suppressed and reported as zero.

Health Statistics - Some of the leading causes of mortality in Texas include malignant neoplasms or cancer, heart disease, and chronic lower respiratory disease. From information gathered by Texas Department of State Health Services for 2003, the study area had a total of 61 reported deaths from malignant neoplasm cancer. On a statewide level, Texas had 33,782 reported deaths from malignant neoplasm cancer. Texas Department of State Health Services reports that for 2002 there were 83 deaths from heart disease, and 23 deaths from lower respiratory disease in the selected study area. By contrast, Texas statewide had 41,654 deaths from heart disease and 7,548 deaths from chronic lower respiratory disease. See http://www.dshs.state.tx.us for a wider variety of Texas health, disease and related information.

Several state agencies collect statistics on health status indicators that can be used to assess the strengths or weaknesses of public health in a local area or community. For this study area, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported for August 2003 there were 2 infant deaths, as compared with a statewide rate of 2,369. See http://www.dshs.state.tx.us
for a wider variety of Texas health, disease and related information.

The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that for August 2003 there were 9 total teen pregnancies in this area. There were different teen pregnancy rates in the study area depending on race, with 3 for Black teens, 0 for Hispanic teens and 6 for White teens. Statewide rates for teenage pregnancy were 19,730 for total teenage pregnancies, with 3,003 for Black teens, 12,693 for Hispanic teens and 4,034 for White teens. See http://www.dshs.state.tx.us for a wider variety of Texas health, disease and related information.

In the Health and Human Services 2003 Data Book, figures show that the number of children under 19 in this area whom were not covered by health insurance is 680, which is 7.5% of the reported population in that age group. The number of uninsured children statewide is 885,999, or 7.1% of the reported population for children under 19. For more information, or to view or download the entire data book, see http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us.