“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it in many ways, but our commitment to caring for our community is just as strong, just as fierce, as it was when CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System opened its doors more than 90 years ago. Then and now, our ministry continues to be a safe place for all to receive quality care.
We understand the need for social distancing and taking steps to limit risk of exposure to COVID-19. However, it is still important to put your health first and seek the care you need, especially in the case of an emergency. Call your doctor when you are sick, keep your annual screening appointments and most importantly, don’t ignore signs of a serious condition, like a heart attack or stroke. We are here and we are ready to care for you no matter what.
We are preparing to resume all surgeries and procedures since Governor Abbott’s Executive Order ends this week. In fact, we are calling patients now to reschedule. Beginning, Wednesday, April 22nd Beaumont Bone and Joint and CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial hospital will resume surgical services, with CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Outpatient Pavilion – St. Elizabeth restarting Thursday, April 23rd. Many of our patients have waited long enough for their procedure, so we are doing everything we can to get them rescheduled as quickly and safely as possible.
The safety of our patients, Associates and physicians is our top priority. That’s why we successfully practice infection prevention every day. To keep all who enter our facilities safe during COVID-19 we have added the following precautions:
- No visitors; unless deemed essential to patient care
- 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
We’re in this Together
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 our 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 our history, and so too has the resolve, after each of those challenges, to move on in love and service to those in need. We stand today in a rich history that gives us confidence that, with God’s help, we can do the same.
We are answering the call to help our community – today and tomorrow. In all that we do, we are devoted to keeping you, your families, our caregivers and our Associates safe. And we are here when you need care. We are ready.