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Seton Hays Close Up

Spring 2011

A newsletter for friends of the Seton Hays Foundation, supporting Seton Medical Center Hays and Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital, members of the Seton Family of Hospitals

Family-Oriented Care Close to Home Brings Peace of Mind Jimmy Ash feels fortunate to call the beautiful Texas Hill Country his home. He leads an active life and helps run Linda’s Fine Foods, a restaurant and catering business in Wimberley, with his partner of 15 years, Linda Allen.

In this Issue A Gift for the Future Page 3 Thank You Page 5 Meet the Burtons Page 7 Learn more about the Children’s Care-a-Van, highlighted in this photo, on page 6.

One day in September 2010, Jimmy felt ill and his heart began racing. The first thought that came to his mind was: “I don’t have time to be sick; I have a business to run.” Not wanting to worry Linda, he contacted EMS. Because of his history of heart problems, they insisted he get to a hospital right away.

“They told me to head to Seton Medical Center Hays. I’m glad they did.” -Jimmy Ash Continued on Page 2

Board of Trustees Chuck Nash Chair Kate Johnson Vice-Chair Sam Cooper Treasurer Chair, Finance Committee Mary Ann Mattis Secretary Chris Harkrider Chair, Grant Committee Tom Searcy Chair, Nominating Committee Ex-Officio Members Charles J. Barnett Kenneth L. Gladish, Ph.D. Thomas E. Gallagher Rhett Reed, M.D. Gerald W. Hill Sr. Nannette Gentile, D.C. Seton Hays Foundation 6001 Kyle Parkway Kyle, Texas 78640 (512) 504-5075

Continued from Cover Jimmy was admitted to Seton Medical Center Hays after being assessed in the Emergency Department. Convinced he could be discharged the next day, Jimmy says his doctor had different ideas. “I wound up staying four days, three nights, but the care I received and the medicines given to me helped my heart get back on rhythm.” At 65 years old, his stay at Seton Medical Center Hays represented the first time ever that Jimmy had been admitted as a patient at a hospital.

primarily playing in San Marcos and Wimberley – concerts in the park, farmers’ market, that sort of thing. We like to give back to the community through music.” Today Jimmy is feeling better than ever … and he appreciates every day. He’s happy that Seton Medical Center Hays is available to his friends, neighbors and customers, just minutes away from their doorsteps. “Every single person at the hospital – they have my unequivocal gratitude. I met so many wonderful people whom I’ll never forget. Now I tell everyone to go to Seton Medical Center Hays.”

“I’ve had a lot of experience in and around hospitals. My mom was an RN so I basically grew up in the medical field. Then, of course, I have visited family and friends many times – just never was a patient. And, never have I had an experience like the one at Seton Medical Center Hays. From the time I came into the Emergency Department to the time I left … everyone was remarkably nice, kind, attentive. I was treated like family.” That sense of family is very important to Jimmy. In fact, there are even stronger family ties to Seton Medical Center Hays that he didn’t realize until his hospital stay. “My niece, Elayna, works in Food Services. I didn’t even know that until she surprised me at breakfast!” Truly, family connections are something Jimmy understands and appreciates. “I have four brothers and three sisters. Six of us have been singing together since the 70’s. We pretty much do benefits now, After experiencing his first night as an inpatient in a hospital … ever … at Seton Medical Center Hays, Jimmy is enjoying good health and is back to work with Linda, feeding folks inWimberley at Linda’s Fine Foods.


Seton Hays Close Up | Spring 2011

Gifts that Keep Giving

Seton Hays Foundation Receives First Planned Gift Representatives with the Seton Hays Foundation are happy to announce its first-ever planned gift that ultimately will benefit Seton Medical Center Hays. This generous donor is a 65-year-old Austin-area resident and semi-retired government employee who wishes to remain anonymous. He shared his thoughts with Development Director Michele Gonzalez on what led him to name the Foundation as a beneficiary and urges others to follow suit. MG: Why give? Donor: I just have to give. The money I’ve made came from the community. It’s mine to use while I’m alive, but once I’ve passed, I feel that I have to give it back. MG: What made you consider a planned gift? Donor: It’s simply my preference … I like the planned giving aspect – regardless of tax laws, 100 percent of the donation goes to charity. MG: What made you select Seton Medical Center Hays as a beneficiary? Donor: I did my research. I think that’s important. Figure out what charities

are out there that fit your passions and your ideas. For me, knowing that 100 percent of my donation will go directly to the medical center and not to any administrative costs or overhead is a big selling point. Background: The Seton Hays Foundation is committed to raising $30 million

over the next several years to help pay for construction and equipment costs for the $143.7 million SMCH project. The largest medical facility in Hays County opened its doors on Oct. 1, 2009. Response from the community has been tremendous – so much so that a second Cath lab has been added, another room became operational in Maternity Services, Cardiac Rehabilitation expanded its services and the 4th floor was opened to accept patients – all ahead of schedule.

Donor: I understand that hospitals are expensive operations and so it was

also very important to me to know how Seton Medical Center Hays is funded. Although a religiously-affiliated medical center, SMCH does not receive any funding through the Catholic Church. That may be something that a lot of people don’t realize. And, because SMCH is a non-profit hospital, it also means that philanthropy plays a critical role in ensuring that SMCH is able to continue to expand its footprint and its services to meet the ever-increasing needs of the Hays County community for the foreseeable future.

Make a Forever Gift in Your Will You can provide for loved ones and ensure quality healthcare for generations to come by including Seton Hays Foundation in your will. Leave a legacy well beyond your lifetime. For more information, contact Michele Gonzalez or Gerald Hill at (512) 504-5075.


2010 Seton Social An Evening in Tuscany

An Evening in Tuscany Sponsors

The 2010 Seton Social ~ An Evening in Tuscany was held at the beautiful Mandola Estate in Driftwood and raised $137,000 to benefit Seton Medical Center Hays. Special thanks to the more than 400 people who joined the Seton Hays Foundation for this extraordinary culinary and entertaining event. Mark your calendars for the 2011 Seton Social on September 18!





Brillante Capitol Anesthesiology Association El Grupo Ciento Cincuenta Platino Plum Creek Development D’oro Austin Radiological Association Austin Regional Clinic Burt-Watts Industries, Inc. Capital Nephrology Associates, P.A. and Satellite Health Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons Judy Carr, Kevin Gilley, Chris Harkrider and Dawn Mallory, Carroll and Barbara LaBorde, Tom and Joan Searcy and Carl and Betsy Urban Dell Healthcare Life and Sciences Emergency Service Partners Frost Bank Bill and Kate Johnson McCoy Family Reitpath Pathology SoliRef, Inc. Jack Williams Argento Barshop and Oles Company Duke Realty Pediatrix Medical Group Robert and Coleen Pfeiffer

Patrono Austin Gastroenterology/Austin Endoscopy Austin Real Estate Partners Broadway Bank Capital Cardiovascular Specialists Sam and Karen Cooper and Dick and Carolynn Schneider Jimmy Ferguson/McDonald’s Gerald and Donna Hill Inn Above Onion Creek INX Lott Brothers Construction Tom and Mary Ann Mattis and FriDaze Liquor Robert and Debbie McDonald, III Sameer Mohiuddin, DO/ Texas Laparoendoscopic Surgery Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union Dan and Kathy Roy/Priority Personnel San Marcos Daily Record STERIS TrustTexas Bank Texas Lehigh Cement Company United Surgical Partners Universal Health Services, Inc. Vantage Communities VistaCare Hospice Underwriters Damian and Trina Mandola Chuck Nash Auto Group/ Chuck and Elizabeth Nash Sodexo Wolf Stuntworks/Special FX International

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Jeff and Cindy Barton Accordionist Hershel Moody Photographer Annie Ray, GeriWilson, Pam Crowther, Cathy Schultz Johnell Huebner, Ray Hernandez, Maggie Martinez Jenna Nash,Troy Chapman, Kelly Link, Will Link, Sarah Scott and Clay Little from the Burt-Watts group 6 Leslie Cameron, Brenda Remme, Miriam McCoy 4



Seton Hays Close Up | Spring 2011

We Are Thankful for YOU! The Seton Hays Foundation family is counting its blessings. You opened your arms … and hearts … and enthusiastically welcomed us to the neighborhood. We’re grateful for our partnership with each and every one of you to ensure that good health care is available for the people living throughout Hays County and surrounding areas. As a supporter of the Seton Hays Foundation, you’re making an important investment in your community. We appreciate your confidence in our Foundation to be good stewards of your gifts. Every moment you lend a hand, every event you attend and every dollar you donate inspires hope for good health. Your donations are making a huge impact on the lives of people in a community that was once considered medically underserved. None of this would be possible without you. Our community of support is growing and families are healthier and thriving … thanks to you. Philanthropy plays a critical role in ensuring that Seton Medical Center Hays is able to continue to expand its footprint and its services to meet the ever-increasing needs of the Hays County community for the foreseeable future. Through your continued support, we know we will help ensure our success is sustained.

Leaders at Heart

Just 100 days after opening its doors in October 2009, almost every service area in Seton Medical Center Hays was exceeding initial projections. By December 2010—after 14 months of operation—the medical center’s accomplishments are remarkable.

Trained a top notch work force • Recruited a strong work force of 96 full-time physicians practicing in Kyle • Employs more than 500 medical center associates • Trained more than 150 dedicated medical center volunteers • Continues to prepare additional physicians and nurses to accommodate the expansion • Recognized as Large Business of the Year for 2009 and 2010 by the Kyle Chamber of Commerce and for 2010 by the Buda Chamber of Commerce Provided top quality health care in a state-of-the-art medical facility • 42,481 total hospital outpatient visits • 29,159 total visits to the emergency department • 2,331 surgeries performed • 584 babies delivered • 32 open heart surgeries performed Added new services – all ahead of schedule • Opened a second Cardiac Cath Diagnostics lab • Equipped an additional room in Maternity Services • Expanded Cardiac Rehabilitation services • Opened 32 additional beds on the fourth floor

The Seton Family of Hospitals is the leading provider of comprehensive, advanced healthcare service in Central Texas and now, through the newly-established Seton Heart Institute, offers a full range of invasive and non-invasive cardiology services. Patients like Jimmy Ash (featured cover story) who may need it can experience person-centered heart care, as well as leading edge medical innovations, close to home at Seton Family of Doctors at Kyle. For more information, visit








6th Annual Taking Care of Tiny Texans Gala The Seton Edgar B. Davis 6th annual Taking Care of Tiny Texans Gala, Rockin’ Around the Care-a-Van, was held at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos and raised more than $132,000 to support the Seton Children’s Care-a-Van. More than 400 attendees enjoyed a fabulous dinner, live and silent auctions and danced the night away to the music of Johnny D and the Rocket 88’s. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Seton Children’s Care-a-Van, a full-service mobile health unit offering affordable health care for low income children from birth through 18. Since launching in 2003, the van has traveled to area schools and churches serving thousands of children in Central Texas, most of whom have no medical home. No child is ever turned away for inability to pay. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Brother Joel Densman (pictured far left) and guests from the Prairie Lea Baptist Church Rosine Carter (seated on motorcycle) and guests from the Carter Cattle Company Bonnie and George Hazelett (standing behind motorcycle) and guests from Hazelett Drilling and Supply Corp Christy and MichaelWhitten of North South Oil, LLC Stan and Jeanne McGlothlin (standing, far left) and Ray and Rose McGlothlin (seated on motorcycle) of R and F Industries, Inc. Elizabeth McVea, Becky Lundell, Becky Connell and Melissa Gonzales of Sage Capital Bank Bobby and Sue Schmidt from Schmidt Electric Company, L.P.

Thank You to our Sponsors! Premier Prairie Lea Baptist Church


Platinum Carter Cattle and Crude Co., Inc Hazelett Drilling and Supply Corp North South Oil, LLC R and F Industries, Inc.

Sage Capital Bank Schmidt Electric Company, L.P. Gold AW Oil Company BUC-EE’s First Choice Power Jim and Suzy Godwin LCRA Employees’ United Charities Progress Drilling, Inc

Silver Apple Lumber Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Citizens State Bank City of Luling OGO Marketing, LLC IESI Solid Waste Services John Gannon, Inc. Texas Petroleum Investment Company


Seton Hays Close Up | Spring 2011

Seton Hays Foundation

Caring for Caldwell and Hays Counties As the Seton Family of Hospitals continues to expand throughout Central Texas, the Seton Hays Foundation welcomes Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital under its umbrella of care. The Seton Hays Foundation will oversee community fundraising efforts to support both Seton Medical Center Hays in Kyle and Seton Edgar B. Davis in Luling. Money raised by the Seton Hays Foundation at respective events and donations made to Seton Edgar B. Davis and Seton Medical Center Hays will remain in the respective county in which those funds were raised—Caldwell County for Seton Edgar B. Davis and Hays County for Seton Medical Center Hays—to serve the community’s healthcare needs.

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almost completely red. She couldn’t hold her head up.” The family turned to Children’s Care-a-Van for help.

the Seton Hays Foundation! ‬ Seton Medical Center Hays for Construction and Purchase of Equipment

The Children’s Care-a-Van staff discovered a staph infection that had entered Emory’s body through a bug bite. They immediately administered large doses of antibiotics and set a plan for treatment.

‬ Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital Children’s Care-a-Van

“With antibiotics in her system, we were amazed how different Emory was acting,” says PJ. “She became her old self again, and over the next week, we received multiple calls from the Children’s Carea-Van staff at all hours of the day and night.

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Micah, Emory, and Trinity Burton

They went above and beyond the call of duty. They even directed us to places we could find affordable health insurance.”

Originally from Lockhart, PJ and her husband, Matt, moved back two years ago and realized they were in a dire situation with no health insurance for their three girls, Trinity, Micah and Emory. When 2-year-old Emory fell ill with a fever, PJ panicked. “She seemed to get worse as the moments passed,” she says. “Her fever skyrocketed and her body was

Today the Burtons are enjoying family life and are forever grateful for the care their family received through Seton and the Children’s Care-a-Van. “They helped make our healthcare decisions a little bit easier, which in turn, helped us to be better parents!”

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“It’s not always easy being a mom,” says PJ Burton, “especially when it comes to children’s health.”

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Meet the Burtons

Lockhart Family is Grateful for Children’s Care-a-Van Services

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We Need You! You’ve joined hands with the Seton Hays Foundation in building a community of support. Your gifts are helping patients live healthier lives, thanks to the excellent healthcare programs and services available at Seton Medical Center Hays and Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital. With your continued support, we can do more.


Give a safe donation online at or mail a donation in the attached envelope.


Plan for the future and ensure good health for your neighbors in Hays and Caldwell counties forever… through will and estate planning. Call Michele Gonzalez at (512) 634-6857 to help discover creative ways to give.


Mark your calendars for the Taking Care of Tiny Texans Gala on August 13, supporting the Seton Children’s Care-a-Van, and the Seton Social on September 18, supporting Seton Medical Center Hays!


Your time is valuable, especially to our patients and staff. Call Pam Crowther, Director of Volunteer Services, at (512) 504-5180.

Seton Hays Close Up is a publication of the Seton Hays Foundation and is published for donors and friends of Seton Medical Center Hays and Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital. The Foundation is a fund development arm of the Daughters of Charity Healthcare Ministry of Central Texas. The newsletter is compiled by the production team of Sharon Reynolds, MarrGwen Dickson, Michele Gonzalez, Jim Lincoln Photography and various staff photographers. Your feedback and suggestions are welcome at (512) 5045075. For more information about support provided by the Seton Hays Foundation, visit Seton Medical Center Hays and Seton Edgar B. Davis Hospital are members of the Seton Family of Hospitals.

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