Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

All persons entering Rice Medical Center and Clinics are being asked to come with their own masks, whether homemade or purchased

This is an effort to conserve PPE’s for the healthcare providers and people on the front lines

In the media section below are some helpful links on how to make masks at home.

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COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Visitation Policy

July 24, 2020

I regret to reaffirm our revised visitation policy prohibits visitors entering the hospital with very few exceptions. This is not optional. This is a mandate put in place by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission during the COVID-19 Emergency declaration. The Trump administration extended the emergency declaration until October 25, so this revised policy will remain in effect at least until that date unless rescinded by THHSC or other executive order.

The exceptions to the exclusion of visitors is limited to the following:

  • Providers of essential services include, but are not limited to, contract doctors, contract nurses, hospice workers, other contract healthcare providers, persons providing a survivor of sexual assault with services required by Health and Safety Code Chapter 323, and a single designated caregiver acting on the patient’s behalf.
  • Persons with legal authority to enter include, but are not limited to, government personnel performing their official duties and an attorney or other legally authorized representative of a patient.
  • Persons providing critical assistance include providers of essential services, persons with legal authority to enter, a clergy member authorized by the hospital, one parent of a minor who is a patient, and family members and friends of a patient at the end of life or presenting at the emergency department, subject to the hospital’s policies and procedures.

A copy of the official Health Facility Compliance Guidance Letter issued by THHSC will be made available upon request.

We will be happy to assist where possible in virtual visits. Thank you for your understanding during this trying time.

“Questions about Covid-19?” We now have a confidential COVID line to help you! 979-234-5571 (option 1)

Rice Medical Center-Lighthouse has established a COVID information line to help. We realize that many in our community are becoming overwhelmed with stress, worry, and fear. In an effort to help the community cope and endure these emotionally challenging times, the Lighthouse staff will be available to answer general questions. All COVID tests at Rice Medical Center require a physician order, please contact Rice Medical Associates to schedule your telemedicine visit. Rice Medical Center, Rice Medical Associates and Lighthouse are here for you.  If you wish to talk to one of our staff, please call 979-234-5571 (option 1), our we are ready and happy to help.

Please note the following limitations:

  • Unable to provide medical or health information we advise you to refer to a healthcare provider, or call 911 in an emergency. All information provided is intended for general guidance only.
  • Unable to provide mental health or counseling. The support line can only address matters related to stress, nervousness, sadness, and significant feelings of loneliness.  
  • Mental health counseling can be arranged with one of our licensed therapist through telemedicine if needed.
  • Hours of Operation Monday -Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM-11:00 AM.

Our lines are open and our staff is ready to support you! We can and will get through these times together. You are not alone, we are here for you!


Vice President of Business Development – Tyara C. Barge

Director of Behavioral Health Services – Odette Elliston

RMC logoWe at RMC, RMA and Lighthouse are monitoring the ever-changing CDC guidelines daily.  There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the COVID-19 virus.  Having said that,

If you are experiencing mild flu/cold like symptoms (cough, fever, achiness, vomiting or diarrhea) you should self –isolate and monitor yourself at home.  You can take Tylenol for fever, rest and drink plenty of fluids.  If you are experiencing more severe symptoms like:

  1. Difficulty breathing
  2. Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  3. New confusion or inability to arouse
  4. Bluish lips, face or nailbeds

You should go to the nearest Emergency Room.

Stopping the spread of the virus is very important and the new recommendations state that social isolation, (avoiding large crowds) is one of the best ways to decrease the spread.  The new recommendation is avoiding crowds where there will be more than 10 people.  Other ways to stop the spread of this virus include:

  1. Wash your hands for 20seconds with soap and water frequently
  2. Using alcohol sanitizer if soap and water not available (60% alcohol)
  3. Cover your cough or sneeze with tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  4. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  6. Avoid close contact with people that are sick
  7. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
  8. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

RMC, RMA and the Lighthouse welcome your questions anytime. RMA logo If you need to contact Rice Medical Center or the Lighthouse call 979-234-5571.  If you need to speak with someone at Rice Medical Associates call 979-234-2551 for Eagle Lake, and 979-335-4433 for East Bernard.

Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You

Use to find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.
OR call your local Drugstore or Pharmacy

RMC/RMA Vaccination Process

*to be completed before vaccination can occur
  1. Read COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Fact Sheet
  2. Complete Consent Form
  3. Complete ImmTrac2 Registry Consent Form
  4. Print completed Consent Forms (RMA and ImmTrac2 Registry)
  5. If you do not have a printer,
    1. pick up forms at RMA clinic
    2. complete forms
  6. Bring completed forms to your established vaccine appointment time
  7. Bring insurance card with you to vaccine appointment time

(Consent forms are “Fillable” if opened in Modern Browser, Acrobat Reader or other PDF reader)

COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Fact Sheets for Recipients and Caregivers

For each COVID-19 vaccine authorized under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that vaccine recipients or their caregivers are provided with certain vaccine-specific EUA information to help make an informed decision about vaccination. This is accomplished by providing a an EUA Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers. The Fact Sheet is similar in purpose and content to vaccine information statements (VISs) for licensed vaccines but differs in that the EUA Fact Sheet is specific to each authorized COVID-19 vaccine, is developed by the manufacturer of the vaccine, and is authorized by the FDA. 

Moderna EUA Fact Sheet (English)
Moderna EUA Fact Sheet (Spanish)
Janssen EUA Fact Sheet (English)

RMA COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form

Provides registration information and questions to help determine if there is any reason you should not receive a COVID immunization injection.

RMA Covid-19 Vaccine Consent Form (English)
RMA Covid-19 Vaccine Consent Form (Spanish)

ImmTrac2 Registry Consent Form

Registry for vaccines to assist clinics and hospitals.   For example, if you go to an Emergency Room for a cut, they can look up when you last received a tetanus vaccine which could prevent an unnecessary injection. 

ImmTrac2 Registry Consent Form

CDC’s V-Safe

V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins AFTER you receive your COVID-19 vaccination.  Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the vaccine.  Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you.  And v-safe will remind you to get you second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. 

V-Safe after vaccination checker (English)
V-Safe after vaccination checker (Spanish)

"Our Family Caring for Yours"

COVID-19 Vaccination Waiting List Information

Find COVID-19 Vaccines Near You

Use to find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.
OR call your local Drugstore or Pharmacy
Please call and let us know if you would like to be put on the COVID-19 Vaccine Waiting List at our Rice Medical Center clinics (you do not have to be an existing patient). 

We encourage individuals to seek out other vaccine sites and get on their waiting lists as well.   Like most other providers across the State, we don’t know when we’ll be allocated vaccines, so we urge patients to grab the first opportunity presented to them.  Again, you do not have to be one of our current patients, we will gladly add any individual to the list who wants to be included.  

Please note: Regardless of how many doses received &/or how frequent any future allotments, anyone 18 years of age or older is eligible for vaccination.

Do not wait; add your name to the list; names can be added at any time.  Patients will be contacted as we have vaccine available. 

Prior to receiving a vaccination at RMA, everyone must complete the registration packet.  Please complete the forms now and drop them by one of our clinics, this will ensure everything is in order early and ready to go.  Registration forms and vaccine information can be found at COVID-19 Vaccinations on our website or the packet can be picked up at any of our locations.   RMA-EL 979-234-2551; RMA-EB 979-335-4433

*As has been with all things COVID – plans are subject to change

"Our Family Caring for Yours"


Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology Services include X-rays, Ultrasounds, CAT Scans, MRIs, Digital Mammograms and also perform special procedures that consist of biopsies, aspirations, thoracenthesis, paracenthesis, needle localization, barium procedures, arthrograms, myelograms, and some vascular studies.

Rice Medical Center has a new CAT Scan Unit. The GE Multislice 16 Slice Lightspeed CAT Scan has improved image quality, smaller slice thicknesses that gives more detailed information to the Radiologist and faster scan times.

We utilize a Digital Radiography (DR) system which uses x-ray-sensitive plates that directly capture data during the patient examination, immediately transferring it to a computer system without the use of cassette. The advantages include time efficiency, the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also, less radiation can be used, allows for immediate image preview and availability, as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display quality of the image. 

From the DR Console the images are sent to our PACS system (Picture archiving and communication system) which stores  the images on a server and allows the Radiologist and Physicians to view them on any computer. Along with Xrays; Mammograms, CAT Scans, MRIs and Ultrasounds are tied into the PACS. Ordering physicians on staff at Rice Medical Center are also able to view their patient films over the web on our secure site from their office.

"Our Family Caring for Yours"