COVID-19 Response

Vaccine Eligibility & Information, Safety Protocols, Research and Visitor Guidelines. Learn More

COVID-19: CHRISTUS Southeast Texas System Information and Updates

June 23, 2021

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas System Allowing More Visitors at Hospitals, Facilities

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is taking another gradual step toward allowing more access to our hospital and facilities. We are updating our visitor policy to now allow for two visitors per patient room at a time. Since last fall, the policy allowed patients to have one visitor at a time.

This revision comes as the health system continues to evaluate policies and procedures throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System switched to a signage-based screening system, allowing visitors to check their own symptoms upon entering our facilities. The health and safety of our patients, visitors and Associates remain our top priority. As such, we will continue to carefully consider other changes that are critical to our mission and our patients.

“Having family members at the bedside of our patients is so important to addressing both their health and spiritual needs,” said Ryan Miller, Chief Operating Officer, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. “We are pleased to be able to open our doors to more loved ones of those we are called to serve.”

Bracey Mitchell, a patient who recently gave birth at St. Elizabeth, was able to have her husband and mother with her at the same time because of the updated policy. Speaking about her experience, she said, “It meant the world having the two most important people in my life to be a part of such an important day in my life. As far as my mom, I know watching one of her babies bring life into the world – along with that life being her first grandbaby – really is such a miracle to be a part of. She’s so thankful to the hospital for allowing her to be a part of that day.”

While more visitors are allowed, other COVID-19 precautions remain in place. Foremost, our universal masking policy is still in effect. All visitors are required to wear masks in CHRISTUS Southeast Texas facilities at all times. No additional visitors in waiting areas and no visitors under the age of 18 are allowed. Visiting hours at St. Elizabeth Hospital are from 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. At Jasper Memorial Hospital, our visitation hours are 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day.


May 13, 2021

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas System to Shift to Self-Screening for Visitors at Hospitals, Facilities

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System continues to evaluate our policies and procedures as we operate in what we hope is the final phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we have gradually allowed more access to our hospitals and other facilities, we are preparing to take another small step toward our new normal. Effective Monday, May 17, 2021, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas will move from human screeners to signage-based screening, allowing visitors to check their own symptoms.

While the screening procedure will change, other COVID-19 precautions will remain. Foremost, visitors will still be required to wear masks in all CHRISTUS Southeast Texas facilities. Additionally, only one visitor per patient room at a time. No additional visitors in waiting areas and no visitors under the age of 18 are allowed. Visiting hours at St. Elizabeth hospital are from 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. At Jasper Memorial hospital our visitation hours are 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day.

“We are encouraged to see the continued decrease of spread of COVID-19 in our community as more people are getting vaccinated,” said Ryan Miller, Chief Operating Officer, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. “With fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations, we are comfortable shifting some of the resources from visitor screening to other important functions that continue to keep patients, Associates and visitors safe within our facilities.”

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System will continue to carefully consider next steps as we maintain necessary safety precautions.


April 28, 2021

CHRISTUS Health's Latest Response To Pause of Jannsen Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

After a thorough investigation, the CDC and FDA have concluded that the benefits of the Janssen Johnson& Johnson vaccine outweigh its known and potential risks. Therefore, CHRISTUS Health will resume administration of the Jannsen Johnson & Johnson vaccine where we have it available.

While we know some may be nervous about receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to the recent pause in its administration in the U.S., it’s this very pause that reinforces our confidence in it. Although the incidence of blood clots was very rare (six out of 6.8 million people), we fully support a cautious approach to ensuring the vaccinations we are administering to our neighbors and friends each and every day are fully safe and effective and that we share any known, albeit rare, risks.  In addition, we have changed our treatment protocols for women up to age 50 who have possible symptoms of a blood clot disease (sudden onset severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, shortness of breath) within 3 weeks after vaccination.

We continue to advise the public to take advantage of the vaccinations available soonest to them, regardless of brand, as the ongoing risk of COVID-19 infections remains, and is significantly higher than these rare occurrences reported as a result of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

However, we have also updated our vaccine scheduling website to make it easier for anyone making a vaccination appointment to see which brand each of our locations will be administering and choose accordingly. Starting April 26, when anyone makes a COVID-19 vaccination appointment using our Christy bot (by clicking on the yellow box after visiting  vaccinate.christushealth.org), they will be able to view the vaccine brand available at that location before finalizing their appointment. If multiple brands are available at the same location, they can choose between brands when they make their appointment.

We continue to encourage all of our neighbors and friends to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, as this is the fastest route to ending this deadly pandemic and returning to our normal activities safely. We at CHRISTUS are so thankful for the opportunity to serve our communities by providing lifesaving vaccinations and safe care every day of the year. Thank you for your trust in us.


April 13, 2021

CHRISTUS Health Statement on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

CHRISTUS Health is fully aware that the CDC and FDA have recommended a short pause in administration of the Jannsen Johnson & Johnson vaccine out of an abundance of caution while they investigate six cases of blood clots in women between the ages of 18 and 48 who received the vaccine.

Although this side effect is believed to be extremely rare (six out of 6.8 million people in the U.S. who have received it), we fully support this cautious approach to ensuring the vaccinations we are administering to our neighbors and friends each and every day are fully safe and effective.

So CHRISTUS Health has immediately paused any administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as we await further guidance. If it becomes necessary, we do have a number of other vaccinations (Moderna and Pfizer) that can be offered to those scheduled to get a Johnson & Johnson vaccine from a CHRISTUS provider. In addition, we recommend that anyone who received the vaccine in the last two weeks monitor their symptoms and notify their primary care provider immediately if they develop sudden onset severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, shortness of breath within 3 weeks after vaccination.

We’re thankful for the opportunity to serve our communities by providing life-saving vaccinations against COVID-19 and to provide safe and effective care they need. We appreciate the cautious and thoughtful approach of the FDA and CDC in continuing to ensure these vaccinations are safe and trustworthy for all those we are privileged to serve, and we remain entirely committed to doing the same.


December 30, 2020

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System Responds to Latest Guidance from State of Texas on COVID Vaccine Distribution

As health care providers, we at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System have seen firsthand the effects of COVID-19. We’ve been proud to help so many of our neighbors regain their health after fighting this deadly virus.  Unfortunately, we’ve also seen others who did not. We’ve seen families and friends lose loved ones, and those experiences, along with our commitment to our communities and to our mission, make us absolutely dedicated to distributing this potentially lifesaving vaccine.

We are grateful to the State of Texas for allocating the vaccine doses we have to administer, which first arrived at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth on Dec. 17. As a result, we are following the state’s guidelines regarding who can receive them and are working hard to deliver them as effectively and quickly as possible to those groups. Right now, the state has guided us to provide vaccination to health care workers in Phase 1A. We have gone through our initial supplies and still have many more healthcare providers and community first responders yet to vaccinate. Accordingly, this group and other will be our continued focus with the vaccines supplied to our hospital.

We are aware of the guidance provided yesterday by the state encouraging providers to administer vaccines to Phase 1B, including people 65 years of age and older and those with a chronic medical condition. We are working with our primary care and urgent care clinics in Beaumont, which are better prepared to provide this type of care to large groups of the public. We are quickly working through a process that we hope will allow the public to determine if they fit into these groups and, if so, to sign up for an appointment to receive their vaccine. We anticipate that process will be complete some time next week, but ask for patience in the meantime as we work through this transition and to prioritize those most impacted by this deadly virus. We will communicate to our patients and to the public when that time comes, and appreciate the understanding and patience of so many who have served our community during this unprecedented time.


December 22, 2020

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System Responds to Gov. Abbott’s Latest Executive Orders

Like the entire region and health care facilities across the country, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is seeing an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 and a rise in COVID patients in our hospitals. It is important that the public knows that our medical experts anticipated and planned for these surges, and we are ready to care for patients.

This preparation includes closely monitoring vital medical supplies and equipment, as well as evaluating possible expansion of space and beds to care for COVID patients, should the need arise. Most importantly, the LOCAL community should know that CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health Systems remains a safe, healing environment as we continue to meet the needs of our community.

As it is written, the governor’s executive order does not mandate that all elective surgeries must stop. It provides exemptions for those that meet specific criteria, including procedures that do not deplete our capacity to care for COVID patients or that are deemed medically necessary by the patient’s physician. Because of these exemptions, we expect to be able to provide a full range of services – not just COVID care – and continue to provide outpatient elective procedures, including surgery, and other procedures that do not deplete our capacity.

We will continue to keep you updated in regards to any changes to our operations.


December 9, 2020

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System Prepares for COVID Vaccine Distribution to Health Care Workers

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is preparing to receive, manage and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine internally to health care workers in the coming days and weeks.

“The use of vaccines has been a key part of combatting and eradicating certain diseases for generations, and we are confident the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective,” said Paul Trevino, President and CEO, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. “We believe this vaccine is key to dramatically reducing the curve and ending this pandemic.”

CHRISTUS Health has a well-established process in place for reviewing the safety and efficacy of new drugs that is being utilized to evaluate any COVID-19 vaccines that receive emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA.

“Our COVID-19 Taskforce is evaluating and planning for the storage and distribution of a vaccine across our ministries, including at CHRISTUS ministries across Southeast Texas, while following the guidance of clinical experts and the frameworks distributed by the Catholic Health Association, Centers for Disease Control, and State Health agencies,” said David Benner PharmD, MS, MHA, FACHE, Vice President, Clinical Ancillary Services for the Division of Clinical Excellence at CHRISTUS Health.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all health care workers at CHRISTUS facilities in Southeast Texas, but is not mandatory. Similar to many vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine will be given in two doses: an initial injection and then a booster shot, normally 21-28 days later (depending on the vaccine administered). Research from the pharmaceutical company and CHRISTUS Health’s COVID-19 Task Force indicates minor side effects similar to the flu shot, such as low-grade fever and redness or slight pain at the injection site are possible.

“CHRISTUS Health has a plan, and we are working through it to ensure that our facilities, Associates and medical staff are prepared to receive, store and distribute COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they become available,” said Sam Bagchi, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, CHRISTUS Health. “We are confident in our ability to participate in the vaccine distribution and our ability to offer vaccination to all CHRISTUS health care workers who wish to receive it.”


July 10, 2020

We are Here and Ready When You Need Care

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System’s response to Governor Abbott’s order

CHRISTUS is aware of Governor Abbott’s order relating to the need for increased hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster (in Jasper and Jefferson counties). While we fully appreciate the concerns raised by the increased rate of cases in Southeast Texas, we also want to ensure that those in need of care from CHRISTUS are not unnecessarily harmed or forced to delay needed procedures.

The governor’s order allows all elective procedures to continue at facilities that can ensure they would not “deplete any hospital capacity needed to cope with COVID-19.” Therefore, we expect elective outpatient procedures, meaning those that do not require overnight hospital stay, to continue at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System facilities, as they will not deplete hospital capacity for COVID patients. In addition, since the start of the pandemic, we have designated physician review teams at all our CHRISTUS facilities to closely consider proposed inpatient elective surgeries, those requiring a multiple day stay in the hospital, to determine what course of action is in the best interest of the patient. That vital work will continue.

We completely understand and support the governor’s efforts to preserve critical hospital capacity needed to treat possible COVID-19 positive patients. Indeed, for the past several months and continuing today, we have made extensive efforts to ensure the availability of hospital capacity throughout the pandemic. It is also critically important to avoid delaying certain procedures related to heart disease, cancer, vision problems and pain management that could cause undue medical hardships for many patients. In many cases, such procedures not only help to improve quality of life, they actually extend the patient’s life. Delaying or deferring these procedures for an extended period of time may also have the adverse effect of causing a surge in non-COVID-19 related illnesses.

It is always our priority to ensure the safety of our patients, Associates and physicians. Our COVID-19 Safe Care Program has played a vital role in promoting safety during the resumption of elective surgeries and procedures. Under this program, our staff have been properly screened and tested as appropriate for COVID-19. We also screen for asymptomatic COVID-19 infection among our Associates, physicians and surgical patients through antibody testing.

For the safety of all patients, Associates and physicians, and in the interest of limiting exposure to respiratory illness associated with COVID-19, we have a “no visitors” policy in effect at our CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System hospitals, which applies to most patients. We require everyone entering our facilities to wear a mask. And we have been able to secure the capacity of PPE needed to safely treat the full spectrum of medical conditions and patient needs.

There is critical work that needs to be done in order to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases in our communities, and CHRISTUS Southeast Texas is here to answer the call to help – today and tomorrow. In all that we do, we are devoted to keeping our community, our caregivers and our Associates safe. We are here and ready when you need care.


July 4, 2020

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System COVID-19 Visitor Statement – Affecting Emergency Department Visitation only

The health and safety of our patients, visitors, Associates and our communities remain the top priority at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. Therefore, in line with the latest guidelines issued by Governor Greg Abbott and other state health officials related to COVID-19, we have revised our visitor policy. We thank the community for understanding and cooperation during this difficult time. Effective tomorrow, Saturday, July 4, 2020, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System has implemented a NO VISITORS POLICY except those essential to patient care. This change is ONLY affecting those coming to our Emergency Departments for care. This is difficult for all of us because we are a family at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas and we know how important family can be for our patients. However, we have to ensure that we are doing best by all of our patients and ensure everyone has a safe and healing environment during their stay with us. CHRISTUS Southeast Texas continues to screen everyone who comes into our facilities through designated entrances including physicians and Associates. Essential visitors are visitors that are required to accompany the patients for vital care or communication needs, as outlined below:

Emergency Department: No visitors; except parents with children under 18, one visitor with patients unable to make decisions and for those in a critical situation (number of visitors will be determined by medical/nursing staff)

Patients can be dropped off at designated entrances. Patients will give contact information to hospital team of a support person to contact with patient status or that the patient is ready for discharge.


June 26, 2020

Our continued commitment to you

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System has been in close contact with Jefferson County, state and federal officials as we have seen an increase of COVID-19 cases throughout the state and in Jefferson County. We understand and fully appreciate the concern that this surge has caused with regard to hospital capacity. Our community can feel confident that our health care facilities are working diligently to ensure that the number of available patient rooms and beds are sufficient for those needing inpatient care related to COVID illness or other medical needs.

We are urging our community to show support to our dedicated health care teams by taking every precaution possible, starting with wearing a mask in public. Physical distancing, hand washing, disinfecting and staying home if you’re not feeling well—all of these continue to be important to everyone’s protection. We realize some people might think that it is inevitable they might get COVID-19. They will get sick and then get better. But we ask that you wear a mask for the cancer patients. Wear a mask for people who have type 1 or type 2 Diabetes or for a person who has recently recovered from a stroke or someone living with chronic heart disease or lung issues. These members of our community and people we care for have underlying conditions. Some of them are beloved grandparents. We ask you to take precautions for them, for your neighbors, your loved ones and our most vulnerable in this community.

The increase of COVID-19 patients admitted to our area hospitals pose extra challenges to the already critical work our caregivers are facing. While community spread continues to increase, this places additional risk to our health care workers who treat these patients. The risk of exposure to other patients and caregivers also increases.

Another major component in our COVID-19 response is having a proper amount of PPE on hand. We have been able to secure the excess capacity of PPE needed in order to safely treat the full spectrum of medical conditions and patient needs. However, large surges could potentially negatively affect PPE conservation. So, we are asking our community to be mindful of this and respectful as our teams do their best to offer hope and healing to everyone we serve.

There is critical work that needs to be done in order to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County, and we stand ready – today and tomorrow. We are devoted to keeping our community, our caregivers and our Associates safe. Please consider doing your part.


May 20, 2020 - 4:00 p.m.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System to Extend Visitor Access for Patients Undergoing Care

Under additional guidelines, CHRISTUS continues commitment to holistic patient care

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is preparing to reinstate its open visitor policy on May 21, while following more stringent guidelines to ensure patients, Associates and medical staff minimize exposure risks and maintain safe environments of care.

Beginning Thursday, patients will be allowed one visitor, per patient, per day to accompany them while in a CHRISTUS Southeast Texas facility. This could include surgical or procedural patients, those coming for lab work or imaging needs such as CT’s, MRI’s or X-rays, emergency visits or other health care needs.

CHRISTUS is encouraging patients and visitors to be informed and prepared by recognizing the additional precautions they are taking to keep the community safe. “Those seeking care at CHRISTUS should plan to arrive for visits in enough time to be screened prior to entering, bring and wear your own personal face mask, and practice appropriate social distancing while in our facilities, especially waiting rooms and lobbies,” said Ryan Miller, Chief Operating Officer at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas. “It’s vital that we continue to practice these extra safety measures above and beyond the already strict safety regulations we exercise each and every day.”

Catholic healthcare organizations, like CHRISTUS, exist to embody the concern that Jesus showed for the sick. He commissions those who follow His example of performing healing acts to go and do likewise. These examples of compassion, love and healing experienced by many at CHRISTUS hospitals do not happen in isolation, but are meant to involve others. Family, neighbors, and other members of the community are often involved to play an important role in the healing, such as when Jesus restores a leper or a blind man back to a normal role in the community.


Universal Masking

Effective 5/4: To make sure we continue to follow the CDC's recommendation for Universal Masking; we are asking all patients, visitors and employees to wear a mask while visiting our facilities.

Homemade cloth masks are appropriate for visiting our clinics, you can follow instructions to make a safe mask here.

We are committed to ensuring that our clinics continue to be a safe place to receive care – we appreciate your continued support and understanding as we implement these guidelines.


CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is preparing to resume elective procedures and surgeries on April 22, consistent with the provisions of the Governor Greg Abbott’s original order on April 17.

Our CHRISTUS Southeast Texas facilities have secured the personal protective equipment (PPE) and excess capacity necessary to safely care for the full spectrum of medical conditions and patient needs that we have worked so hard to address in our communities for more than 90 years.

We are working with physicians now to reschedule their patients for medical and surgical procedures they were forced to postpone due to the initial order. While we all understand the reason these procedures had to be postponed, waiting has imposed a hardship on many of these patients, as many can no longer delay care for heart disease, cancer, pain, vision problems and other conditions. We are working to avoid a surge in illness and suffering as a result of deferred and delayed care.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas is prepared to begin surgeries and procedures at our Beaumont Bone and Joint, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial hospital and CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Outpatient Pavilion – St. Elizabeth facilities.

“The procedures that we have delayed often affect a patient’s quality of life,” said Paul Trevino, President & CEO, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. “In some cases, the procedure could impact how long a person lives. So, it is important that we allow these surgeries to move forward, when medically necessary, as quickly as we can. But, as always the safety of our patients, Associates and physicians is most important to us,” said Trevino.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas practices infection prevention every day. In addition, the system recently announced that it is leading the Southeast Texas community, and the country, by offering antibody testing for some patients, Associates and physicians. This new screening tool allows the hospital to test these groups for antibodies related to the COVID-19 virus, helping it to identify how each patient should receive care and how to keep its caregivers safe.

“CHRISTUS is committed to re-instituting elective surgical and procedural cases under a COVID-19 Safe Care Program, where we making every effort to provide a safe environment for the health and safety of our patients, Associates, and physicians. As part of this program, our surgical staff are being screened and tested appropriately for COVID, and have been cleared to safely work in the surgical setting, giving our patients confidence in choosing CHRISTUS for their care,” said Waqar Ahmad, MD and Vice President of Medical Affairs.

Not only that, but CHRISTUS Southeast Texas has been planning over the last several weeks to ready to continue to provide necessary, non-COVID care to keep people safe and healthy. To keep all who enter our facilities safe, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas continues to have these following precautions in place:

  • Limiting visitors;
  • Screening everyone who comes through our doors;
  • Isolating COVID-19 patients to one area of the facility;
  • Temperature checks for Associates;
  • Requiring everyone on our campuses to wear masks;
  • Using telemedicine to treat active COVID-19 patients, so their caregivers and support staff limit the number of times they enter their rooms.

This may be an unprecedented time, but we have experienced many of these since CHRISTUS was founded 154 years ago. In fact, the first three Sisters who started the CHRISTUS ministry in Galveston faced an epidemic of Yellow Fever within the first six months of opening the very first hospital. Epidemics and tragedies have been part of CHRISTUS’ history, and so too has the resolve, after each of those challenges, to move on in love and service to those in need.

“CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is answering the call to help our community – today and tomorrow. In all that we do, we are devoted to keeping patients, their families, our caregivers and our Associates safe. And we are here when you need care. We are ready,” Trevino said.


April 15, 2020

CHRISTUS Health Offers ‘Game Changer’ Antibodies Test for COVID-19

CHRISTUS Health System is first in the communities it serves to offer new screening tool

CHRISTUS Health announced today it is now offering a new screening tool to some patients, as well as doctors, nurses and other CHRISTUS Associates on the frontlines to learn who has been infected with COVID-19—AND—who might now carry protective antibodies.

“CHRISTUS Health is a safe place to receive care, with high-reliability processes and procedures for infection prevention and mitigating the spread of illness,” explained Dr. Sam Bagchi, CHRISTUS Health’s EVP and Chief Clinical Officer. “Beginning today, we are adding the unprecedented additional layer of antibody screening to help survey for asymptomatic COVID-19 infections among patients and caregivers.”

For the last several weeks, the team has quickly assessed the test’s reliability and then deployed the kits to CHRISTUS hospitals and ambulatory sites across the United States and Latin America. The test produces results in approximately 10 minutes and has been validated internally for screening for COVID-19 infections.

“CHRISTUS is the first in our communities, and is leading the nation by using advanced COVID-19 antibody testing to screen people in our facilities to determine if they have had a COVID-19 infection in the past or have one now,” said Dave Benner, PharmD, MS, MHA, FACHE Vice President, Clinical Ancillary Services.

The country’s leading scientists believe antibody-based tests to be essential in the war against COVID-19.

“This would be a game-changer in restarting parts of the economy more quickly and safely,” Dr. Harvey Fineberg, a professor in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, wrote in an April 1 editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine.

CHRISTUS will first begin using the test on Associates and caregivers on the frontlines. The rapid screening tool will also be used on hospitalized patients that the clinical team believes may have been infected with COVID-19 as well as patients who are scheduled for an urgent surgery.

“People should not put off urgent and emergent procedures, and should continue to seek the care they need. We know that, regardless of COVID-19, heart attacks and strokes have not stopped. We need to be able to treat people who urgently need to be in an operating room,” said Dr. Bagchi. “With the availability of an antibody test, we can test anyone who comes in for an urgent surgery. This will allow us to reliably know if a patient has COVID-19 before they start having symptoms or might normally be tested.”

This innovative screening solution is in an addition to the ongoing PCR tests many providers, including CHRISTUS, are able to perform. PCR is a laboratory technique known as polymerase chain reaction, and is the current FDA-approved test for diagnosing patients with COVID-19.

This is part of the work that CHRISTUS continues to do every day to keep its facilities safe from the spread of infection. To keep all who enter hospitals and clinics safe we have added the following precautions:

  • Limiting visitors;
  • Screening everyone who comes through our doors;
  • Isolating COVID-19 patients to one area of the facility;
  • Random temperature checks for Associates;
  • Requiring all Associates and visitors to wear masks;
  • Using telemedicine to treat active COVID-19 patients, so their caregivers and support staff limit the number of times they enter their rooms.
  • Virtual medicine is now available in every one of the CHRISTUS ministries at christushealth.org/virtual-medicine

Universal Masking

The health and safety of our patients, visitors, Associates and our communities remain of utmost importance. Beginning Monday, April 6, patients and visitors will be required to bring their own mask to wear while in our hospitals or outpatient clinics. You can learn more about how to make your own cloth masks by visiting the CDC website. Our health professionals providing care for presumed COVID-19 or known COVID-19 patients are expected to wear N95 respirator masks. Hospitalized patients do not have to wear a mask while in their rooms.


March 29, 2020 - 2 p.m.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System COVID-19 Visitor Statement

The health and safety of our patients, visitors, Associates and our communities remain the top priority at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. Therefore, in line with the latest guidelines issued by Governor Greg Abbott and other state health officials related to COVID-19, we have revised our visitor policy. We thank the community for understanding and cooperation during this difficult time. Effective tomorrow, Monday, March 30, 2020, at 12 p.m. CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System has implemented a NO VISITORS POLICY except those essential to patient care. This is difficult for all of us because we are a family at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas and we know how important family can be for our patients. However, we have to ensure that we are doing best by all of our patients and ensure everyone has a safe and healing environment during their stay with us. CHRISTUS Southeast Texas continues to screen everyone who comes into our facilities through designated entrances including physicians and Associates. Essential visitors are visitors that are required to accompany the patients for vital care or communication needs, as outlined below:

Emergency Department: None; except parents with children under 18, one visitor with patients unable to make decisions and for those in a critical situation (number of visitors will be determined by medical/nursing staff)

Inpatient/Intensive Care Unit Visitors: No visitors except for those in a critical and end of life situation

Outpatient Visitors: No visitors unless caregiver is necessary for transport or assistance

Labor & Delivery Patients: One support person only (no changing out)

NICU & Pediatric Patients: Two parents ONLY. Pediatric patient parents not allowed to leave room

End of Life Care: Exception will be made by medical/nursing staff for clergy and family

Patients Undergoing Outpatient Procedures or Testing with Sedation: No visitors.

Patients can be dropped off at designated entrances. Patients will give contact information to hospital team of a support person to contact with patient status or that the patient is ready for discharge.

“We continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines at all times, as well as the guidance we receive from the Texas Health Department. We are firmly convinced that it is the diligence of our clinical caregivers and the excellent care they provide that will steer us through this pandemic,” said Paul Trevino, President and CEO of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. “While COVID-19 is new, our processes and procedures in place for infection prevention and preventing the spread of illness are not. We successfully practice infection prevention every day. We can assure you that your care and safety are a top priority.”


March 25, 2020 - 4:40 p.m.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System Announces New Hours, Temporary Facility Closures

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth Outpatient Pavilion and Park Medical

  • OPP Surgery will close due to suspension of elective cases
  • Beaumont Bone and Joint Clinic will remain open due to high patient demand
  • OPP Lab will close at 6:00 pm on 3/26/20; future services will be provided in the main hospital
  • OPP Imaging will close at 6:00 pm on 3/26/20; future services will be provided in the main hospital
  • OPP Wound Care will reduce hours of operations to meet current schedule of confirmed patients
  • OPP MOHS will treat emergency patients only based upon stringent criteria
  • Provider based clinics will adjust operations by clinic to meet the demands of their schedule daily
  • Park Medical OP Rehab will consolidate operations to MWF from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Cardiac Rehab and the Disease Management Clinic will close at end of business on 3/26/20
  • Minor Care Beaumont on Dowlen Road will close at 6:00 pm today
  • Physician offices in all CHRISTUS MOB’s will operate per the instructions of each practice

CHRISTUS St. Mary Outpatient Center Mid County/South County

  • OPC Lab will compress schedule to 7:00 am to 12:00 pm M-F effective end of business of on 3/26/20
  • OPC Imaging will compress schedule from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm M-F effective immediately
  • Outpatient Infusion is under review; however, current operations remain in place and will compress based upon patient demand
  • ED services at this location will remain open 24/7
  • Center for Health Management will close 3/26/20; Maternity and Women’s Center will adjust hours based upon patient demand

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial

  • Outpatient Services for Radiology and Laboratory will be reduced from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Kirbyville Clinic will adjust hours beginning Monday to Thursday to 9:00 am to 2:00 pm with Friday to 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Flexing will continue to occur based upon clinic demand
  • Jasper Clinic will adjust daily based upon patient demand
  • Retail pharmacy will reduce hours to meet the needs of patients

March 20, 2020 - 5 p.m.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System Updates COVID-19 Visitor Policy

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas remains a safe place for all to receive quality care. While COVID-19 is new, our processes and procedures in place for infection prevention and preventing the spread of illness are not. From physicians and nurses, quality and safety experts to those responsible for ordering supplies and keeping the hospital clean — all our Associates are involved in making sure we provide a safe environment for our patients. Every single day.

Our leaders and infection control experts continue meeting daily to monitor the ever-changing situation and respond swiftly and appropriately. This is an unprecedented event in modern medicine, and we are learning every day. So, as the facts change and we learn more about the progression of this disease and the demands it places on our providers, staffs and resources we will work together to adjust our policy and practice to ensure we are providing the best care for Southeast Texas.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas wants to assure the people who trust in us for their health care that we are prepared and stand ready to care for our community. Because our goal is to ensure our hospital continues to be a safe place to receive care, we are following CDC guidelines and implementing new visitation restrictions. The goal of these updated visitor procedures is to limit the risk of exposure to our patients, visitors, Associates, physicians and volunteers.

We strongly recommend each patient to invite only one designated visitor per day. The goal of this updated visitor procedure is to limit the risk of exposure to our patients, visitors, Associates, physicians and volunteers. All visitors will be screened.

Visitors and patients will still be guided to enter our hospitals through a designated areas or emergency room. The guidelines for visitors accompanying patients to in-patient procedures remains in place.

Thank you for understanding, and your patience and support as we take steps to better protect our patients and community during this unprecedented time.

At CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System, we remain vigilant in responding to this evolving situation, meeting throughout the day to ensure we are prepared to respond to present and potential future needs of our community. We continue to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines for healthcare facilities located in areas, like ours, that are not experiencing community spread. We do have emergency preparedness plans in place and are fully prepared to execute as appropriate for our community circumstances.


March 19, 2020 - 5 p.m.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System Answers COVID-19 FAQs

Q: Can you test for novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

A: Yes, and we are. For patients who meet testing guidelines, we can collect samples that are sent to the appropriate state or commercial lab facilities. The results for COVID-19 can only be obtained through state or select commercial labs.

Q: Can anyone be tested for COVID-19?

A: Due to the limited availability of testing by state and commercial labs, we are currently following guidelines set by CDC to determine the most appropriate patients to collect samples for testing. We are following testing guidelines set by CDC

Q: What does a test entail?

The process, though invasive and uncomfortable, is very simple and quick. Essentially, it is the same as getting a flu test. Patients have a swab, much like a long Q-tip, inserted through their nose to reach what is known as the nasopharyngeal area. That’s where cells are collected and then sent off for testing.

Q: I heard the government is making more tests available – when can more people be tested?

A: On March 13, the federal government announced plans to make COVID-19 testing more readily available to the public. No dates have been announced, and it is uncertain when these measures will be in place. We know it will likely be rolled out first to those states who have experienced more widespread community outbreak. Texas has not been one of those states. Governor Greg Abbott did announce last week more testing sites would be utilized in Texas and any extra resources are welcomed by us.

Q: If I go to the emergency room, or have a doctor’s note, can I be tested?

A: At this time, we will only submit testing for patients who meet the criteria set by the CDC or Texas Health Department. Physicians are able to test for the virus if you meet that criteria. If you do not qualify for testing, your physician can still help you manage your symptoms and follow guidelines to minimize exposure to others.

Q: Should everyone who has COVID-19 symptoms be seen by a doctor?

A: We are learning from the CDC, that the majority of people with COVID-19 have minor symptoms and do not require inpatient medical care or testing. Individuals with minor symptoms are advised to stay home rather than seek testing or medical care. People with symptoms or concerns specific to COVID-19 can call the county hotline at: (409) 550-2536. Please note that these screening calls may determine that you need to see your physician or a provider for care and management of your symptoms. However, seeing a provider does not guarantee you will meet the guidelines for testing of COVID-19.


March 17, 2020 - 6 p.m.

Wilton P. Hebert Health and Wellness Center at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas - St. Elizabeth to temporarily close

In the interest of public health and out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult decision in collaboration with a number of health officials to temporary close the Wilton P. Hebert Health and Wellness Center at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas - St. Elizabeth (HWC) to the public. This is decision that has not been made lightly. As of Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30 PM , HWC and the Healthy Options Café will be closed until further notice. As a health care and wellness leader it is our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

We know during this time we can lead the way in being proactive to prevent the spread of the virus and that is what we are trying to do at this time. We are proud of our facilities. They are state-of-the-art, clean, transformative and just generally amazing places to belong to with even more amazing people behind it all. However, we want to do everything in our power to keep the people we love safe. We cannot thank you enough for being a member at HWC. By maintaining your HWC membership, you in turn help our staff and their families during this time and it puts our facility in a better position to serve you when we reopen.

Thank you for your understanding. Stay tuned for our updates on some exercises you can do at home. We’ll provide some great ideas to keep you active. Please visit and bookmark our website page CHRISTUSHWC.ORG/coronavirus Facebook.com/CHRISTUSHWC for updates.

We’re in this together.


March 17, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System Statement Regarding COVID-19

We continue to work in solidarity with our partners in the health care community, city and county leaders, and local health authorities to ensure our community is well prepared. Together, we stand united in our commitment to keep the people we serve safe.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System wants to assure the people of our community who trust in us for their health care that we are prepared and stand ready to care for our community. At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System facility. To ensure that our facilities continue to be safe places to receive care, we will be implementing the following temporary visitation restrictions:

  • One visitor per patient (with the exception of Labor and Delivery and Post-Partum where the addition of one support person is allowed.)
  • New visiting hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Our visitors can expect within the next 48-72 hours, to be guided to one entrance for the following facilities:

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth Hospital

  • Main entrance on Calder Avenue

CHRISTUS St. Mary Outpatient Center Mid County

  • Main entrance on Ninth Avenue

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial Hospital

  • Main entrance on Marvin Hancock Drive

Beaumont Bone & Joint Institute

  • Main entrance on Laurel Avenue

CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Outpatient Pavilion

  • Entrance TBD

All visitors can expect to be screened for coronavirus (COVID-19) at those points of entry.

At CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System, we remain vigilant in responding to this evolving situation, meeting throughout the day to ensure we are prepared to respond to present and potential future needs of our community. We continue to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines for healthcare facilities located in areas, like ours, that are not experiencing community spread. We do have emergency preparedness plans in place and are fully prepared to execute as appropriate for our community circumstances.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System facilities remain a safe place for all to receive quality care. While COVID-19 is new, our processes and procedures in place for infection prevention and preventing the spread of illness are not. From physicians and nurses, quality and safety experts to those responsible for ordering supplies and keeping the hospital clean — all of our Associates are involved in making sure we provide a safe environment for our patients. Every single day.


March 14, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.

We continue to work in solidarity with our partners in the health care community, city and county leaders, and local health authorities to ensure our community is well prepared. Together, we stand united in our commitment to keep the people we serve safe.

At CHRISTUS, we remain vigilant in responding to this evolving situation, meeting throughout the day to ensure we are prepared to respond to present and potential future needs of our community. We continue to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines for healthcare facilities located in areas, like ours, that are not experiencing community spread. We do have emergency preparedness plans in place and are fully prepared to execute as appropriate for our community circumstances.

CHRISTUS facilities remain a safe place for all to receive quality care. While COVID-19 is new, our processes and procedures in place for infection prevention and preventing the spread of illness are not. From physicians and nurses, quality and safety experts to those responsible for ordering supplies and keeping the hospital clean — all of our Associates are involved in making sure we provide a safe environment for our patients. Every single day.


March 12, 2020 - 12:02 p.m.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System Statement Regarding Rumors of COVID-19 Spread in South Texas

CHRISTUS values the importance of collaboration and coordinated action for the identification and care of those patients exhibiting signs of the COVID-19. Which is why we continue to follow CDC interim guidelines and work non-stop, in partnership with local, state and federal government authorities. We are fortunate to be part of a local health care community committed to responding to the needs of these patients in the safest manner necessary. In the event that possible coronavirus patients need hospitalization after screening, we have identified a portion of our facility as the best place to allow us to isolate and safely care for any potential patients without risk of transmission to other parts of the facility.

At CHRISTUS, we have always screened visitors to our clinical points of access for international travel, to assess for various evolving infectious disease risks, including this one. If a patient meets the current CDC criteria, and is exhibiting symptoms consistent with the virus, we will isolate the patient in a private room and take proper respiratory precautions to safely assess and treat themIt’s still flu season. We continue to encourage all our patients and the community to practice good respiratory hygiene habits, like washing hands frequently and covering mouths while coughing especially during times like this where catching the flu is a far greater risk.

CHRISTUS Health currently convenes daily, sometimes more, to check in on our emergency preparedness plans. We have had many hands on deck during this process. Nearly everyone — from physicians and nurses, quality and safety experts to those responsible for ordering supplies and keeping the hospital clean — is involved in making sure we can do best for our patients our Associates and this community we serve.

Coronavirus Disease 2019

image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Our Locations

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas - St. Elizabeth
2830 Calder Street
Beaumont, Texas 77702

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas - Jasper Memorial
1275 Marvin Hancock Drive
Jasper, Texas 75951

CHRISTUS St. Mary Outpatient Center Mid-County
8801 9th Avenue
Port Arthur, Texas 77642