Spirit of Giving Summer 2018 Issue

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Spirit of Giving The CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Foundation Newsletter

President of CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, Justin Doss, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Estela Chapa and Vice President for Philanthropy, Karen Bonner, accept a $500,000 check from AEP Texas President and COO, Judith Talavera and External Affairs Manager, Ken Griffin.

AEP Foundation Designates Gift to Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Family Health Center The American Electric Power Foundation has provided philanthropic support to CHRISTUS Spohn Health System for more than 30 years, and its most recent gift will continue a legacy of health care excellence in the Coastal Bend community for years to come. On June 28, AEP Texas President and COO, Judith Talavera, presented a $500,000 check to the CHRISTUS Spohn Foundation designated to the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Family Health Center. An unveiling of a plaque honoring the donation, as well as a tour of the clinic, took place after the check presentation. The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Family Health Center, named after a man who gave medical care to residents no matter their status or income, provides services for minor illnesses and injuries. The clinic offers specialty clinics, lab and imaging services, a drive-through pharmacy as well as education and wellness programs. Karen Bonner, Vice President for Philanthropy, states, “The AEP Foundation’s support helps enable our medical team at the health center to deliver the highest level of patient care. Their funds will help improve the health of individuals with limited resources who may have never visited a doctor’s office. We at CHRISTUS Spohn are grateful for their generous support of our health care ministry.”






Kim Charba, Randy Charba’s sister, along with members of the Randy Charba Classic Fishing Committee, present a $15,000 check to Dr. Osbert Blow toward the Carey, Charba, McComb Trauma Operating Room at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi - Shoreline.

Randy Charba Classic Raises Money for Trauma Care Each year since the devastating Wimberley flood, Jonathan McComb hosts the Randy Charba Classic a charity-fishing tournament started by Mr. McComb in memory of his family and friends who were lost in the flood. The tournament is aimed at benefiting different charities in the community and is a way for Mr. McComb to show the community

his appreciation for their support during his toughest time. This year’s funds were donated to the CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Foundation. During CHRISTUS Spohn’s EMS Week Celebration, Jonathan McComb and members of the Randy Charba Classic presented Dr. Osbert Blow with a $15,000 check designated to the Carey, Charba, McComb Trauma Operating Room at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline. Along with his check, Mr. McComb wrote a letter to CHRISTUS Spohn stating, “We hope the funds that were raised in honor and memory of our good friend, Randy Charba, will help to strengthen and provide care needed to help save lives in the new Trauma Operating Room. Thank you for all you do in our community, and we are excited to see what the future holds for CHRISTUS Spohn and Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas.”

Corpus Christi Ambassadors’ Spring Meeting The CHRISTUS Spohn Ambassadors met at Karen Urban’s home for their spring meeting that included a wonderful lunch, an opportunity to visit one-on-one with David LeMonte, President of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline, the introduction of new Ambassador, Tiffany LeMonte, and a presentation on drug and vitamin interactions given by Dr. Nelly Garcia Blow. The Ambassadors serve as liaisons between the health system and the community and are always eager to learn more about programs and services being offered. Linda K. Jordan, Corpus Christi Ambassadors’ Chair and u co-chair, Mariannella Carlisle at the spring meeting.

Ambassadors, Elizabeth Susser and Karen Urban enjoy visiting t with friends while learning more about CHRISTUS Spohn.


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A Message From Karen

Your Support Is Vital To Our Success Thanks to the compassion and commitment of the CHRISTUS Spohn Foundation Board and the generous support of the community, we continue to save – and change – lives at CHRISTUS Spohn. Generous community members just like you support our hospital in many ways. You fund programs that help treat patients at a moment’s notice, and provide continuing education for our physicians and residents. You have also supplied our doctors and nurses with the equipment they need to provide an even higher level of quality patient care. We have made incredible strides in establishing the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Family Health Center, completing the build-out of the 9th floor of the Critical Care Tower and three new operating rooms on the second floor. In addition, we are nearing completion on the outside of the new Shoreline Tower and much of the interior construction. This is all possible thanks to you! Everyone at Spohn is very grateful for each and every one of you. Your generous financial support of our fundraising

events, such as the Lyceum, has a direct and lasting impact on Spohn’s mission. For example, this year’s 30th Anniversary CHRISTUS Spohn Lyceum – featuring keynote speaker, Walter Isaacson – helped to fund the new Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation Level II Trauma Karen Bonner, Center at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital VP for Philanthropy Corpus Christi – Shoreline. Your generosity helps Spohn sustain its health care ministry and commitment to excellence. Please know we are honored when you choose to make a gift to the CHRISTUS Spohn Foundation. The high-quality care you receive at Spohn is made possible because of your support for health care excellence in South Texas. Thank you, and God bless you and your family.

The John M. O’Quinn Foundation President Tours Trauma Center During the month of June, multiple tours took place in the new tower at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline. Robert C. Wilson, President of The John M. O’Quinn Foundation, along with his wife, Bess, were among those given a tour. Earlier in the month, The John M. O’Quinn Foundation approved a $50,000 grant to the CHRISTUS Spohn Foundation dedicated to the Carey, Charba, McComb Memorial Trauma Operating Room. During the tour, Mr. Wilson shared that Texas trial lawyer and founding partner, John M. O’Quinn, began this foundation to share his success through philanthropy and to give generously to charitable causes that focus on conservation, education, health and programs benefiting underprivileged youth.

Pictured L-R: Dr. Osbert Blow, Robert C. Wilson, Bess Wilson, t Andrew Gilbert, CBRE and Karen Bonner tour the new Trauma Center.

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Want To Know More About What’s Behind These Walls? The transformation of health care through CHRISTUS Spohn’s Our PATH Forward project continues to take shape on the Shoreline campus and we are happy to share some previews of what this new tower will offer through our “If These Walls Could Talk” newsletter. Our goal through this newsletter is to spread the good word about the programs you and our stakeholders have made possible and of the remarkable health care we provide here at CHRISTUS Spohn. Make sure to keep an eye out for our next issue.


2018 CHRISTUS Spohn Lyceum Walter Isaacson Takes the Stage

Sam L. Susser (right) and special guest, Walter Isaacson (left), share a laugh during the question-and-answer session at the 2018 CHRISTUS Spohn Lyceum.

Esteemed author, Walter Isaacson, was the 30th Anniversary CHRISTUS Spohn Lyceum guest speaker at the American Bank Center in April. Approximately 680 people attended and listened to Mr. Isaacson’s presentation on Timeless Leadership. He discussed how remarkable genius figures such as, Leonardo da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, had innovative and creative traits that can influence and empower today’s business leaders. Mr. Isaacson also shared his humorous and insightful stories about his time working at TIME Magazine, CNN and the Aspen Institute. The proceeds of the 2018 Lyceum, thanks to our community and generous donors, will go toward funding the new Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation Level II Trauma Center at CHRISTUS Spohn

Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline. The Trauma Center is the only facility of its kind in South Texas, serving the residents in Corpus Christi, Padre Island and surrounding counties including, Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, Refugio, and San Patricio. Thanks to everyone who continues to support the Lyceum each year, and to chairperson, Al Jones, all the volunteers and committee members who worked so hard to make this year’s Lyceum successful. The annual CHRISTUS Spohn Lyceum has a rich tradition beginning in 1989 with Henry Kissinger, the 56th Secretary of State. Lyceum guests enjoy an exquisite dinner and hear presentations from some of our era’s most influential leaders.

Sam L. Susser, Tony LaMantia, Jennifer LaMantia, Ann Engel, David Engel


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t Goldston, Chela Storm and

Connie Freeman

Nancy Beauchamp, Dr. Drake Beauchamp,

t Shawn O’Connor, Elizabeth Susser, Sofia

Pacurar and Linda K. Jordan

Ben Eshleman, Nancy Eshleman, u Genny Hatton and Greg Hatton

To view more photos from the 2018 CHRISTUS Spohn Lyceum, please visit www.Facebook.com/CHRISTUSSpohnFoundation


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CHRISTUS Spohn Volunteers Make A Difference CHRISTUS Spohn Volunteers present check to President of CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, Justin Doss, during the annual installation meeting at the Corpus Christi Country Club. Pictured (L-R) Mark Casanova, David LeMonte, Rosa Goode, Olga Bell, Imelda Gonzalez, Justin Doss, Diana Lanahan and Thomas McKinney.

Volunteers play an important role in supporting CHRISTUS Spohn Health System. They support many departments, such as the information desks, surgery waiting rooms, emergency departments, spiritual care, radiology, admitting, laboratory departments, gift shops, and nursing units. In addition, they sponsor fundraising events to support the purchase of equipment and projects within their facilities. This year the CHRISTUS Spohn Volunteers provided more than 133,000 hours of onsite volunteer service to the CHRISTUS Spohn Health System. Information provided by CHRISTUS Spohn’s Director of Volunteer Services, Marissa Carrillo, indicates that each volunteer hour is worth $27.00.

Based on that hourly figure, the volunteers provided $3,597,399 of volunteer assistance this year alone. A special check presentation of the hours of service was made during the annual installation meeting at the Corpus Christi Country Club in June. The check was presented to President of CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, Justin Doss by Volunteer Presidents, Rosa Goode from Kleberg, Olga Bell from Shoreline, Imelda Gonzalez from Alice and Diane Lanahan from South. “Our Volunteers are a vital part of our team,” says Marissa Carrillo. “They offer smiles, comfort and a healing presence for our patients and their families when they need it most. We’re so glad to have them on our team.”

CHRISTUS Spohn Junior Volunteers See Bright Future The CHRISTUS Spohn Junior Volunteer Summer Program began on June 4, 2018. 137 students, between the ages of 15-18, provide volunteer services at all CHRISTUS Spohn hospital campuses, including the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Family Health Center. The Junior Volunteer Program is designed to provide Coastal Bend students with firsthand opportunities Summer 2018

to understand the multiple career paths offered at hospitals and in health care fields. Before the end of the program, all junior volunteers will attend an allday education seminar, including special health care service presentations and career question-and-answer sessions.


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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, MD, PhD, 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

Thank You Emeritus Directors! The Emeritus Directors for the CHRISTUS Spohn Foundation Board gathered for a special luncheon in their honor. Justin Doss, President of CHRISTUS Spohn Health System and David LeMonte, President of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi – Shoreline, joined the group to provide updates on activities related to the Shoreline campus. The Emeritus Directors provide a wealth of experience, history and insight that continues to strengthen the Foundation’s mission.

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


Pictured (back, from left) Justin Doss, Tom Carlisle, Karen Urban, Frank Armstrong, Liz Nisbet, Karen Bonner; (front, from left) Rabbi Ken Roseman, Maureen Miller, Elinor Donnell, Lou Adele May, Leslie McClanahan.

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