Spirit of Giving Winter 2018 Issue

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Spirit of Giving The CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Foundation Newsletter

World-Class Care Close To Home

Shoreline Unveils New Operating Room Suites The transformation of health care through CHRISTUS Spohn’s Our PATH Forward continues to take shape at the Shoreline campus. Donors, Associates and guests gathered for the debut of the three new state-of-the-art operating suites at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline. These new operating suites feature the very latest in imaging technology, video monitors, high-tech lighting and more. Surgeons and their teams will benefit from two monitors mounted on opposite sides of the room and three mounted from the ceiling that can be moved in any direction to better monitor the patient. In addition, there are three overhead lights, each with built-in cameras to record procedures for teaching purposes. The debut of the three operating suites is the third, and another critical, phase of the $335 million Master Facility Plan that began in 2015. The first phase was completed last year in January with the opening of the mission driven, Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Family Health Center. From its opening to September 2016, the health center has served almost 16,000 individuals and has filled over 87,000 prescriptions. The opening of the Trauma and Medical Surgical Services Unit on the 9th Floor of the Critical Care Center in May, in conjunction with the transition of the Level II Trauma Center from the Memorial campus to the Shoreline Campus, marked the end of the second phase. All three components that have been completed represent the progress and commitment to help build a healthier community. Because of you and your generosity, we are able to keep saving and changing lives.

To take a peek inside these three new operating rooms, watch the debut video at www. Facebook.com/ChristusSpohnFoundation. Winter 2018


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HEALING HEROES Associates going above and beyond.



CHRISTMAS Bringing patients holiday cheer.


30th Anniversary CHRISTUS Spohn Lyceum.


In a nomination form for Dr. Kathleen Bailey and Patricia Moss, a patient said, “Dr. Bailey’s compassion extended beyond the typical office visit. She took time out of her day to talk to me and encourage me. Dr. Bailey even went as far as to give me a copy of ‘Jesus Calling’, which I read and love. Thank you for being my doctor. Your care definitely extends beyond the hospital walls. Ms. Moss, I will be forever grateful for your compassion, patience and knowledge over-the-phone and during my visits. Healthcare can be very scary, and it means a lot to have doctors and staff like all of you to trust along the way.” Have a doctor that you want to thank? Please join us this National Doctors’ Day, March 30th, in recognizing and supporting our doctors by making a gift Doctors and Their Staff Recognized for Going in their honor. Your donation in honor of Above and Beyond for Their Patients your favorite caregivers lets them know their hard work is important to you and At CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, our doctors and their staff are more than just employees all those you love. Your gift can be made at a hospital. They are passionate caregivers and trusted advisers. They come to be called with the enclosed envelope or online at friends, angels and even Healing Heroes. Their selfless commitment to their community and christusspohnfoundation.org. Gifts will be to improving the lives of others is why we are always honored to recognize the individuals directed to the Advanced who go above and beyond in our mission. Doctors and staff at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – “Healthcare can be very scary, and Medicine Physician Fund, South were recently recognized as Healing Heroes. The physicians it means a lot to have doctors and which supports projects and teams highlighted included, Dr. Ryan Rodgers and his staff at staff like all of you to trust along that are important to our doctors and vital to our Padre Dermatology, Dr. Kathleen Bailey at OBGYN Associates of the way.” health care mission. Corpus Christi and Ms. Patricia Moss, also at OBGYN Associates of Dr. Kathleen Bailey & staff, OBGYN Corpus Christi. Associates of Corpus Christi A grateful patient of Dr. Rogers stated in her nomination, “I want to nominate Dr. Rogers and his staff as my Healing Heroes. The team was wonderful during all of my appointments. A special thanks to the staff who returned my many calls to answer my questions, established me in the system and quickly scheduled my appointments. Dr. Rogers gave great direction as I got started on my medicine, and his team helped make it all possible. Thank you team – your efforts have resulted in me feeling more confident than I ever have in my life.” Dr. Ryan Rodgers & staff from Padre Dermatology

Honoring Healing Heroes:

Create Your Lasting Legacy at CHRISTUS Spohn A Planned Gift to CHRISTUS Spohn will allow you to make a meaningful and significant impact on our mission and those we are called to faithfully serve. Your contribution will help bestow a lasting legacy of health care excellence across the Coastal Bend for generations to come. As a donor, you can take advantage of a gift that costs nothing during your lifetime by giving through options that are included in your financial, family and estate plans. These options include Wills, Trusts, life insurance policies, as well as Charitable Remainder Trusts.


You might even consider other acceptable sources such as assets that are out of sight or out of mind including personal property, stock or appreciated securities. As with all gifts of real-estate, CHRISTUS Spohn must review and approve the transfer before agreeing to accept the property and specifying acceptance terms. If you have any questions about our planned giving program or have decided to include CHRISTUS Spohn in your estate plans, please contact us at 361-881-3940 or email our Director of Development, Linda Arnold, at linda.arnold@christushealth.org. Spirit of Giving

CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi - Shoreline patient, Edward Smith.

Our Patients’ Christmas

How everyone pitched in to bring our patients some holiday cheer CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi - Shoreline patient, Edward Smith, was all smiles when he picked up an ornament that was on his meal tray on Christmas morning. Even though he had been admitted to the hospital during the holiday, he still enjoyed having a little bit of Christmas in his room. His room had been adorned with a poinsettia, a snowman, a miniature Christmas tree and now, a hand decorated ornament. Once he finished admiring his small gift, he thanked Volunteer Director, Marissa Carrillo, and Volunteer Coordinator, Gina Cunningham, and asked if they could set his ornament in front of his snowman so he could get glimpses of it while he watched television. Once it was placed, he loved it so much, he asked for another one so they could be hung on either arm of the

snowman. Apart from the one ornament that had been delivered to Mr. Smith, an estimated 510 ornaments were delivered to patients on all five campuses of CHRISTUS Spohn on Christmas morning. The ornament decorating tradition began in 2010 when the CHRISTUS Spohn Volunteers began providing Associates with ornaments to decorate for patients who would be spending the Christmas holiday within our care. During the second week of December, CHRISTUS Spohn Volunteers set up a table outside the cafeteria of each CHRISTUS Spohn campus with gems, glue and prepainted ornaments. Associates and families of patients stop by during their free time to decorate an ornament. Afterwards, Volunteers adorn the completed ornaments with a bow and a sticker that says, “Merry Christmas.” Before Christmas morning, all completed ornaments are taken to the Dietary department where Dietary staff makes sure every patient’s meal tray has an ornament. Volunteer Director, Marissa Carrillo said, “Now we have reached the point where Associates say, ‘I do an ornament each year!’ or ‘I’ll be back to do my ornament, can’t miss

out on doing this.’ “The great thing about doing these ornaments is not only seeing our Associates take time out of their day to decorate an ornament, but also seeing families of patients join in on the fun.” “When we put the ornaments on the meal trays, it’s such a beautiful moment. Just knowing that their Christmas day will be a little brighter through our ornaments is what makes our Volunteers and Associates happy. Not everyone has the opportunity to spend Christmas with their family, but we make sure they still enjoy a little of it while they are here,” said Gina Cunningham. We want to thank all of our Volunteers, doctors, Associates, and families of patients who stopped by to decorate an ornament and to our Dietary department for helping place and distribute the ornaments to our patients on Christmas morning.

Dr. Fernando Garcia, Garcia Family Health Group

CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville President, Genifer Rucker

Mark Your 2018 Calendars Beeville Ladies Night Out February 10th Winter 2018

National Doctors’ Day March 30th

CHRISTUS Spohn Lyceum April 18th


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FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Leslie McClanahan, Chair James Pettus, Treasurer Carol McLaughlin, Secretary Judy K. Long, At-Large Elizabeth Susser, At-Large Jordan Anderson Osbert Blow, M.D., Ph.D., FACS Mary Jane Carlisle Bill Colston, Jr. Robert T. Cuevas Becky Davis Jack T. Dugan II, M.D., FAAO Regina Garcia Thomas “Dos” Gates, Jr. Joe Henkel John P. Jackson Al Jones Linda K. Jordan Jessica A. Morrill Meredith Morrill Robert Naismith, M.D. Gregg Robertson Rick Rogers Keleigh Sasser Felix Tapp Richard P. Thomas Hector Villarreal Allison Webster Kathleen White

A Message From Karen

Thank You for Your Continued Support Happy 2018! I continue to be amazed by the compassion and generosity of our donors. Your loving support for all of our programs helps CHRISTUS Spohn sustain its health care ministry and commitment to excellence! That dedication to our mission makes all the difference. Your gifts provide new equipment and technology, create new programs, build and upgrade facilities, and provide valuable education for our nurses and clinicians. Your donations continue to save and change the lives of the patients and families in our care. We sincerely thank you for making our healing ministry possible. It is an exciting new year for CHRISTUS Spohn Health System as we continue to fulfill our mission and ministry in the Coastal Bend. As a faith-based healthcare system committed to our mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, we continue to redefine and update how we do what we do for our patients – now and for generations to come. Through our expansion of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline, the opening of the new operating room suites and the addition of state-of-the-art technology and equipment, we continue to respond to the needs of our community


and the changes in health care. We are acutely aware that you, our donors, make it possible for our patients to have the most advanced and Karen Bonner, specialized care given by our compassionate VP for Philanthropy and exceptional physicians and clinicians. This year we look forward to the completion of construction of the new Shoreline Tower and anticipate opening that Tower in early 2019 when all the equipment, technology, and supplies are in place and waiting to serve our South Texas patients. Through our journey over the years, it is clear that our growth and transformation would not be possible without your giving spirit. It is a journey that will never end as our community and health care keep changing and technologies improve. For your generous support that makes all these possible, we are very grateful. If you would like to learn more about the CHRISTUS Spohn Foundation, please call us at 361-881-3505. Wishing you good health, happiness and success in 2018 and always. Happy New Year.

EMERITUS MEMBERS Frank Armstrong Bettye Baria* Tom Carlisle Fielding B. Cochran* Elinor Donnell Bruce Hawn Frank P. Horlock, Jr.* Richard King III * Joe Lewis, M.D. Lou Adele May Maureen Miller Elizabeth Nisbet Daniel A. Pedrotti Phillip M. Plant Rabbi Kenneth D. Roseman Alice Sallee Alan J. Stoner Chela Storm Kirkby Townsend Karen Urban


Ex-Officio Justin Doss, President

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