What you need to know about Mammograms

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Dr. Karen Wash, Diagnostic Radiologist and lead breast interpreting physician for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System, discusses overcoming fears associated with mammograms, 3D mammograms, and the latest statistics related to breast cancer.

Compression Pain
Many women put off mammograms because of the discomfort involved in the screening. There may be a bit of pain during compression, but it only lasts a few seconds and the benefits far outweigh the few seconds of discomfort. Continue reading

Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program

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It’s estimated that 1 out of 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s about a 12% lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Researchers, Physicians and even Hospitals are constantly working to find better ways to detect and treat breast cancer.

Dr. Judith Thompson, surgeon and steering committee member of the newly formed Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels discusses the program. Continue reading

Why breast cancer navigators will change your life

By Tiffany Mayne
Women’s Advisory Group
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Branfels

Like so many of you, we live here by choice. We weren’t born in New Braunfels, but we got here as fast as we could! Most of us are very intentional about all things “New Braunfels.” But, when it comes to healthcare, many folks forget to look here first. The idea that better healthcare comes from the big city is a myth. We have incredible resources right here in our own backyard and they are multiplying every day. Continue reading

Get your blood flowing

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According to the American Heart Association, eight and a half million Americans suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). Left untreated, this chronic circulatory condition can lead to amputations, and more than 160,000 people in the U.S. lose a limb each year because of it.

Dr. Mario Rossbach, a vascular surgeon who practices at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels, explores PAD and how to combat it.

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Why your feet are killing you

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Many of us spend all day on our feet, and It’s estimated that 3 out of 4 adults have some sort of foot problem. We asked Dr. Martin Chaney, a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon who works at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Alamo Heights, to determine when you should seek medical attention for those problem feet. Dr. Chaney answers our questions, and provides six tips for keeping those feet and toes healthy:

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7 exercises you should be talking about with grandma

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Older Americans can expect to live longer than ever before. Studies show that if you get to age 65, plan on living much longer—women 19 years longer, men about 16 years longer. Whether those added years are healthy and enjoyable depends in part upon preventing and controlling a number of chronic diseases and conditions. So, how do you take care of yourself when just getting out of bed is a chore?

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CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System is a 3x Telly Award Winner

(NEW YORK CITY, NY – June 29, 2017)— CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System (CSRHS) has been awarded three bronze Telly Awards for creating videos that captured the spirit of health and wellness at its network of Hospitals in San Antonio and New Braunfels, Texas.

“Every day, we see such incredible stories of healing at the hands of compassionate physicians, nurses, and Associates,” said Theresa Coronado, Digital Media Specialist, CSRHS. “Capturing those moments and sharing them in videos with the families, patients, and the community we serve is just another way we extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.” Continue reading

Promises made and promises kept


by Kristen Fain

Program Officer, McKenna Foundation

Women’s Advisory Group, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – New Braunfels

In 2008, our world was changing, ripples big and small filtered through our lives. Here at home, the sale of McKenna Memorial Hospital drew to a close 54 years of service on behalf of the community. Or did it?

As a McKenna team member I had a front row seat for those changes. All these years later I feel like the winner of a survivor reality show…I am still a McKenna team member! Reflecting on the transition I take great pride in how both organizations have fulfilled, and exceeded, the promises made to the community during that year of change.

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa promised to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in the heart of New Braunfels. They pledged to nurture innovation, expand service care options, and recruit expertise to our hometown. Continue reading

True or False: misconceptions about surviving a Texas heat wave

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What is the deadliest weather event in the United States? Believe it or not, it’s heat — killing more than 600 people a year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Joe Pendon, Medical Director and Emergency Room physician at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center answers some true and false questions about surviving the Texas summer heat.
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