CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Lufkin Welcomes new ED Medical Director


CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial welcomes its new Medical Director for the Lufkin Emergency Department, board certified Emergency Physician Joshua Allen, D.O.

Dr. Allen has provided coverage in the Lufkin Emergency Department since 2012. Previously, he worked at Good Shepherd Medical Center and with a variety of MRI and Emergency Departments and Urgent Care facilities.

Dr. Allen finished his residency and fellowship in Emergency Medicine at Christus Spohn Hospital-Memorial through Texas A&M University-Health Science Center in Corpus Christi, Texas in 2012. He received his Doctorate degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University and Angelina College.

“Dr. Allen is no stranger to our Emergency Department or the East Texas area. He brings a wealth of expertise to our facility and values urgency, efficiency and quality of care. We look forward to working with him,” said Shawn Barnett, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial COO & Lufkin President.

CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial leads the area in offering the most advanced technology in its Emergency Department. In addition to small patient/staff ratios, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial emergency rooms are equipped with the latest imaging and medical information systems available.

About CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial

Memorial provides more than a quarter of a million patient services each year and has a longstanding history of providing quality, innovative health care in East Texas.

With hospitals in Lufkin, Livingston, San Augustine and Memorial Specialty – the area’s only long-term acute care hospital – CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial provides millions of dollars in charity care and community support each year.  Our mission is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research.  Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.

Memorial offers a wide array of services, including the area’s first dedicated heart and stroke care facility and radiation oncology at the Temple Cancer Center. It is also known for the area’s only comprehensive diabetes, heart and stroke education center. Other specialty areas include imaging, orthopedic care, women’s services, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, homecare, wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, kidney & diabetes treatment, sleep disorders treatment and express lab.

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Catholic Health Initiatives, a nonprofit, faith-based health system formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems, expresses its mission each day by creating and nurturing healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 19 states and comprises 105 hospitals, including four academic health centers and major teaching hospitals and 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care.

In fiscal year 2014, CHI provided $910 million in charity care and community benefit – a nearly 20% increase over the previous year – for programs and services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. Charity care and community benefit totaled more than $1.7 billion with the inclusion of the unpaid costs of Medicare. The health system, which generated revenues of almost $13.9 billion in fiscal year 2014, has total assets of $21.8 billion. Learn more at

Misty Boggs
Misty Boggs is the Creative Director at MSGPR. She lives in Angelina County and recently earned her bachelor's degree in Public Relations and a minor in Creative Writing at Stephen F. Austin State University in 2020. She is currently working on obtaining her MBA from Lamar University. Between studying and working, she enjoys teaching her niece and nephew the fine art of never growing old.

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