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. Today, our community hospital provides state-of-the-art services along with access to specialized teams of physicians, many who have made a home here after working all over the nation. Our local facilities virtually eliminate the need for seeking health care outside of New Braunfels. On a recent tour of the Cardiovascular Center I was so impressed with their quality service, use of top-tier technology, and compassionate care. Utilizing the latest technology they can perform everything from advanced diagnostic procedures to open heart surgery right here at home. Promise kept.

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa also created a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Our precious, newest neighbors have access to specially trained NICU nurses who manage high risk infants through close monitoring of vital signs, assistance with feeding, 24-hour oxygen, stabilizing blood glucose levels, phototherapy, and intravenous antibiotics. CHRISTUS is also a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility; becoming the first hospital in our region to be honored with this award. Promise kept.

The 2008 sale was the catalyst for the formation of the McKenna Foundation, continuing the legacy of caring for the citizens of New Braunfels and Comal County. To date we have awarded almost $14 million in grants to non-profits in Comal County. These grants are manifestations of the Foundation’s mission to advance the well-being of the New Braunfels community.  Through our partnerships and collaborations with local nonprofits McKenna has recognized and responded to troubling community trends with special emphasis on the hunger, housing and the mental and behavioral health needs.  Promise kept.

John F. Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is committed to providing quality health care closer to home, just as the McKenna Foundation is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of the New Braunfels community now and in the future. Together this partnership leverages the best of our community to ensure our brightest future. That is a promise made and a promise kept.

About CHRISTUS Santa Rosa

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System was founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The sisters heeded the call from the Catholic bishop of Texas to care for the multitude of sick, infirm, and orphaned in the Texas frontier. When the sisters arrived in San Antonio, the population was only 12,000 and there was no public hospital - until the sisters founded CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital.

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