Midlanders may have noticed emergency care clinics in north Midland that look more like luxury spas than traditional emergency rooms. Free-standing emergency centers — privately owned emergency rooms not affiliated with or connected to a hospital — are emerging as a trend in Midland and throughout Texas.
Precious Jewel Rooks, 19, remembers the day she first came to High Sky Children's Ranch, a foster care program that serves Midland, Odessa, San Angelo and surrounding areas. She was 10 years old and it was the second time she and her brothers had been placed in the system.
Delgado thought she had it all — a baby girl on the way and an annual salary of $55,000 a year — a real coup for someone without a high school diploma. However, her world quickly turned upside down and due to pregnancy-related health concerns she found herself unemployed, unable to afford her apartment and moving back to Midland.
"I didn’t have no symptoms. A lot of people think you do, but you don’t necessarily,” said Lavinya Coleman, speaking softly while birds chirp outside and the rustle of just-waking family murmurs throughout her house. Coleman had been diagnosed with breast cancer, leaving her to join many women who have received this devastating news.
"4 ... 3 ... 2 ...," the instructor, Caroline Ritchie, counts aloud slowly through the microphone as each cyclist puts their head down, gets into that special inner place where their last bits of adrenaline and mental strength reside and pushes through to the top of the imaginary hill. In the end, we all make it. There's a collective exhale as everyone coasts "downhill" for the cool-down. At Midland's Define Body and Mind, a "Rev" class, or spin class, isn't "your mom's spin class at the Y," as regular Define client Leigh Pait described it.