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City of Beaumont Proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget and Tax Rate Information

A tax rate of $0.710000 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption by the governing body of City of Beaumont. This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate.

The governing body of City of Beaumont proposes to use revenue attributable to the tax rate increase for the purpose of funding city departments and operations in the General Fund.


Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center awarded $5,000 grant from DuPont Sabine River Works

The Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center was awarded a $5,000 grant from DuPont Sabine River Works in July. The “Clear into the Future®” grants are given to programs that support conservation, restoration, or science-related sustainability efforts in local DuPont communities.

Arkema Beaumont plant hosts eight local teachers for STEM workshop

The annual Arkema Inc. Science Teachers Program provides local teachers with tools for bringing science to life in the classroom. This program recognizes that, in today’s world, one of the best ways to set a child up for success is to provide a strong education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Compared to non-STEM occupations, employment in STEM occupations is growing twice as fast, and the average wage in STEM occupations is nearly twice as high. These statistics, from the U.S.

New procedure at Baptist Hospital may be answer for patients suffering from migraines

A new procedure at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont may be the answer for people suffering from migraine headaches. While the nerve block procedure is not a cure for headaches, it has been quite successful for many Southeast Texas patients since it was introduced at the hospital in September of last year, said Dr. Robert Morrison, an interventional radiologist at Baptist.

Acadian Ambulance opens air medical transport base in Silsbee

Acadian Ambulance is now saving lives by way of land and air. The ambulance service headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, now employs an air medical transport team, manning a Eurocopter EC135 helicopter based in Silsbee. Air Med Station – Silsbee is at 2580 Nerren Lane.
Air Med Services also has bases of operation in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Alexandria, Houma, Lake Charles and New Orleans. Whether inland, offshore or in-hospital, Air Med Services first-response range stretches 150 miles.

Baptist Behavioral Health Center unveils rooms for art and music therapy

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas unveiled newly remodeled art, music and exercise rooms during an open house celebration at its Behavioral Health Center on Wednesday, June 7.
“This is a wonderful tool that we didn’t have before. Now, we’ve got all of these options to help people with their recovery,” said Sally Broussard, administrative director for the Behavioral Health Center.

Baptist Hospital installs new PET/CT unit

A powerful new diagnostic imaging tool at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont combines the strengths of two well-established imaging systems into one to more accurately diagnose and locate cancers.

Hurricane readiness key for those with medical concerns

Hurricane season means extra planning and preparation for everyone, but especially for people with chronic health problems or disabilities and their families.
“You have to be prepared for a hurricane, and you have to have a plan. Having a plan reduces stress and prevents forgetting any critical items. You want to have that plan and be committed to preparation,” said Vicki Tarnow, RN, Trauma Program coordinator for The Medical Center of Southeast Texas. “When we have an emergency, we tend to have heightened anxiety and we tend to forget.”

Groves toddler learns to speak at new Mid-County outpatient clinic

When 2-year-old Samuel Hedrick of Groves began attending speech therapy for language delay, he wasn’t able to communicate with his mother.
Delayed speech or language development is the most common developmental problem. It affects 5 to 10 percent of preschool kids, according to the University of Michigan Health System.
“He really couldn’t say anything. He couldn’t even say momma before this,” said Sam’s mother Serena. “He was getting really frustrated because he couldn’t tell us what he wanted or articulate at all what he was feeling.”

New law will shape future of telemedicine in Texas

Texas physicians and telehealth providers are now playing by the same rules when treating patients by phone, computer and other new technologies — the same as when physicians see patients face-to-face in a traditional doctor’s office visit.