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(Sulphur Springs) – Patients in the Sulphur Springs area will now have access to complex eye procedures, thanks to the arrival of Dr. Kara Hartl, who will be seeing patients on a weekly basis at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs.

Hartl and her company, Troy Medical, was approached by a surgical equipment company who works with rural hospitals, and the opportunity to work with Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs presented itself.

“This was a perfect alignment of the mission to bring high-quality medical care into rural America,” Hartl said. “We practice exceptional medicine, we do not practice ‘ok’ medicine, and in ophthalmology that means making an investment into the highest quality medical equipment, and the hospital did it.”

Hartl holds a degree in biology from Harvard, her medical degree from The University of California-San Diego Medical School and trained at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

She practiced in Fairbanks, Alaska for nearly 15 years, where she founded Troy Medical with the belief that everyone should have access to excellent medical care, no matter where they live.


“We are offering the patients of Sulphur Springs and the surrounding areas the same options as someone living in a major metro area,” said Paul Harvey, president, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs. “We are giving people the chance for the most technologically advanced eye procedures without the need to travel.”

Hartl says her primary procedures will consists of premium cataract surgery with lenses, and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.

She will be operating at Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs two days a month and will see patients via telehealth options for the remaining days.




About CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System 

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System includes CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospitals – Tyler, South Tyler, Jacksonville, Winnsboro, and Sulphur Springs, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital – Tyler, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Encompass Health, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic is the multi-specialty medical group of CHRISTUS Health, with more than 1,300 clinicians representing over 300 locations serving Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. For more information on CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System services, visit 

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