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SPIRIT OF GIVING THE NEWSLETTER OF THE CHRISTUS SPOHN HEALTH SYSTEM FOUNDATION | FEBRUARY 2017

THE NEW DR. HECTOR P. GARCIA MEMORIAL FAMILY HEALTH CENTER: Honoring a champion of South Texas and transforming health care, thanks to you

The new Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Family Health Center officially opened its doors in January.

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THANK YOU, DONORS: See photos from the opening celebration SOUTH TEXAS CHARITY WEEKEND: Extending a legacy of giving


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Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Family Health Center Grand Opening

Honoring a legacy of care

Members of the CHRISTUS Spohn executive team, physicians, elected officials and friends of our ministry met January 26 with generous benefactors whose gifts helped to support construction of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Family Health Center. Those donations include a pair of million-dollar gifts from the A.R. “Tony� and Maria J. Sanchez Family Foundation and from H-E-B. The Ed Rachal Foundation also provided a gift of $100,000 toward the new Garcia Family Health Center. In addition to these lead gifts, the CHRISTUS Spohn Foundation received more than 120 gifts toward the Garcia Family Health Center through sponsors of the 2016 Lyceum, which featured Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough. Hugo Berlanga (from left), Tony Sanchez and Tony Canales

Regina Garcia and Richard Harris

Jen Vogt (left) and Sister Margaret Mannion

Karen Urban (left) and Cecilia Garcia Akers

Dominic Dominguez, CHRISTUS Spohn President and CEO, offers a toast.


Nancy Beauchamp, Chair of the CHRISTUS Spohn Foundation Board of Directors, thanks generous benefactors at the opening reception.

Reyaan Ali (from left), Steve King, Stephen Kazanjian and Father Aloysius Ezenwata

Erin Wilder and Trey McCampbell

Loyd Neal, Nueces County Judge, thanks multiple agencies and officials for working together on the monumental project. Elizabeth and Jerry Susser discuss the new facility with Linda Arnold.


Thank you for your giving spirit

My first encounter with Dr. Hector P. Garcia occurred when I was in high school. I traveled to his medical office on Morgan Avenue, just down the street from the current Memorial Hospital, to interview him for a class project. I’ll never forget that visit and the lasting impression it left on me. From that first meeting, I have maintained a deep-seated respect for Dr. Garcia. His awards and honors were many, but to this day, one title stands out above all the rest in his enduring legacy: Champion. Dr. Garcia was a champion of Mexican-Americans, a champion of South Texas, and, most importantly, a champion of health care. He never forgot his roots or his

Karen Bonner, VP for Philanthropy

community. He was a man of conviction and a man of the people — one who was never afraid to be the voice for those who otherwise would have remained silent. Continuing Dr. Garcia’s legacy and caring for all Coastal Bend residents, regardless of status or income, remains at the heart of CHRISTUS Spohn’s mission. That’s why it’s such an honor for our health care ministry to have his name adorn what will become a symbol of excellence

for our community — the new Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Family Health Center. It’s also our honor to recognize all of the heartfelt gifts that helped to make this vision a reality. What you may not realize is just how much our mission depends on the generosity and giving spirit of the residents of our South Texas community. Philanthropy makes a vital contribution here at Spohn, the region’s largest and only not-for-profit health care system. Name almost any top hospital system and you’ll discover that behind its ongoing accomplishments stand thousands of compassionate benefactors. Excellence in health care is

Your gifts aid excellence in trauma care The 29th annual CHRISTUS Spohn Lyceum is quickly approaching and we are thankful for your support of our signature fundraiser! Leslie McClanahan, chair of the Lyceum committee, has helped to promote the event to local news media outlets and the Foundation is grateful for the coverage of what is sure to be an exciting night. Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer Inc., will be our distinguished guest speaker, offering his insight and wit into the technology that has shaped the world around us all. Mr. Wozniak also will take part in a question-and-answer session moderated

Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc., will speak at Lyceum.

Chriss will moderate a question-and-answer session at Lyceum.

by trial and appellate lawyer William J. Chriss, J.D., Ph.D. Dr. Chriss, who also has held the titles of ethicist, historian, political scientist, religious scholar, and published author, grew up in Corpus Christi and attended Corpus Christi public schools. His father, Dr. John Chriss, was the first endocrinologist in South Texas and practiced medicine on the staff of Spohn hospitals for more than 40 years. Proceeds from this year's Lyceum will

not by chance. It depends in critical ways on the generous hearts of caring donors. Your generosity helps Spohn sustain its health care ministry and commitment to excellence. That dedication to our faith-based mission makes all the difference. It ensures that you and others who rely on Spohn have at your disposal exceptional, innovative and respected health care. Please know how honored we are when you choose to make a gift to the CHRISTUS Spohn Foundation. The care you receive at Spohn is, in part, made possible because of your support for health care excellence in South Texas! Wishing you the best in health in 2017.

Mark Your Calendar: 5:30 p.m. April 25; American Bank Center go toward the construction of the new Level II Trauma Center being built at the Shoreline campus as part of People & Actions Transforming Healthcare (Our PATH Forward). The 2016 Lyceum helped to provide funding for the new Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Family Health Center. Table sponsorships for the event start at $5,000 while individual tickets can be purchased for $500. We look forward to seeing you April 25!

Please call 361-881-3505 to sponsor a table or buy tickets, and to learn how your support will directly benefit the future of trauma care in South Texas for generations to come.


You make a difference! When you support Spohn, you help provide the best medical care in South Texas through a healing ministry that has been around for more than a century. And showing your support has never been easier!

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Giving to Spohn’s health care ministry has never been easier. Visit our website at ChristusSpohnFoundation.org/ Make-A-Gift to learn how you can support us today.

Sponsor an event

Spohn hosts and supports multiple fundraising events, including the South Texas Charity Weekend, Lyceum, Grand Classic and Beeville Ladies Night Out. Funds raised from these annual events have helped support numerous programs that serve our entire community.

Set up a planned gift

A planned gift allows you to make a more meaningful contribution than you may have thought possible. Your gift today will provide a lasting legacy of health care for South Texans while helping you achieve your own personal and financial goals. For information, contact Linda Arnold at 361-881-3940.

Volunteer your time

Visit ChristusSpohn Foundation.org/Get-Involved/ Volunteer to sign up and to learn more about the program that’s vital to the daily operations of campuses and clinics across South Texas.

The South Texas Charity Weekend annual fundraiser in 2016 provided an exceptional gift of $200,000 toward a new Optima CT660 Scanner at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital-Kleberg. The hospital unveiled the state-of-the-art imaging equipment at a community celebration in November. Those in attendance included Stephen “Tio” Kleberg (from left), Jay Kleberg, Gus T. Canales, Darrell Nordeen, Renner Coon, Brad Womack, Bill Colston Jr. and Billy Colston III.

Charity Weekend adds to list of generous gifts

The South Texas Charity Weekend has provided monumental philanthropic support to CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, and its most recent gift will continue a legacy of health care excellence in the Kingsville area for years to come. The annual fundraiser’s 2016 gift helped to provide CHRISTUS Spohn-Kleberg with the most advanced imaging and diagnostic services available today. An unveiling of a plaque honoring the donation, as well as a first look at the new Optima CT660 Scanner that was purchased for the hospital, took place in November. The new equipment will

provide better image quality for a host of procedures and also has a single-scan process that will shorten the time necessary for a patient to remain inside the scanner. The new scanner can serve a wide range of applications — cardiac, angiography, brain, chest, abdomen, orthopedic, and more, and is designed to specifically provide a comfortable experience for patients of all ages and sizes. “The Charity Weekend has defined what it means to truly give back to South Texas,” says Karen Bonner, VP for Philanthropy. “We at CHRISTUS Spohn are grateful for that giving spirit toward our entire health care ministry.”

The South Texas Charity Weekend has provided gifts totaling almost $5 million to CHRISTUS Spohn Health System’s healing ministry.


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Beeville Ladies Night Out hosts Cowboy Masquerade Ball

Foundation Board of Directors

Nancy Beauchamp, Chair Leslie McClanahan, Chair-Elect Keleigh Sasser, Past Chair James Pettus, Treasurer Shawn O’Connor, Secretary Elizabeth Susser, At-Large Carol McLaughlin, At-Large Jordan Anderson Osbert Blow, MD, Ph.D., FACS Yolanda Canales Bill Colston Jr. Robert T. Cuevas Becky Davis Jack T. Dugan II, MD, FAAO Regina Garcia Thomas Gates Jr. Joe Henkel John P. Jackson Al Jones Linda K. Jordan Judy Long

Meredith Morrill Robert Naismith, MD Gregg Robertson Rick Rogers Felix Tapp Richard P. Thomas Hector Villarreal Jen Vogt Allison Webster

Emeritus Members Frank Armstrong Bettye Baria* Tom Carlisle Fielding B. Cochran* Elinor Donnell Frank P. Horlock Jr.* Richard King III * Joe Lewis, MD Lou Adele May Maureen Miller Elizabeth Nisbet Daniel Pedrotti Phillip M. Plant Alice Sallee

Alan J. Stoner Chela Storm Karen Urban

*Deceased Ex-Officio Dominic J. Dominguez, President & CEO

Foundation Staff

Karen Bonner, CFRE, VP for Philanthropy Linda Rider Arnold, Director of Development Veronica Wenzel, RN, Legacy Guest Program Director Patricia Cano, Director of Annual Giving Connie Towery, Database Program Manager Julie Zuniga, Office Coordinator Belinda Rocha, Executive Secretary Will Leschper, Development Specialist

The annual Mardi Gras festivities associated with Beeville Ladies Night Out return this month — with a slight twist. This year’s theme is Cowboy Masquerade Ball, with a reception and dinner being held Saturday, February 25 at The Grand Dance Hall in Beeville. The event will again begin with a VIP reception starting at 6 p.m., which will run until 7:45. Entertainment will be provided by the band Five Card Draw. The community is invited to purchase tickets for music and dancing starting at 8. The event concludes at 11. This year’s proceeds will again benefit CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital-Beeville. Funds will go toward a new state-of-the-art ultrasound machine for the emergency room, additional bassinets for the growing number of deliveries in Beeville, and additional mobile fetal heart monitors. The presenting sponsor is May Ranch. VIP tickets, which include early admittance, reception, dinner and a special gift, are $100. Presale general admission tickets are $15 and are $20 at the door. Multiple sponsorship levels are available, starting at $500. Information: Shambryn Huie at 361-319-6589; shambryn@ gmail.com.

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”

— 3 John 1:2

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