Tyler, Texas – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital - Tyler hosted the annual meeting of Community Partners in Mission focusing on community benefits and needs in Northeast Texas. In this meeting, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System and community leaders reviewed services provided over the past year and embarked on a program plan for the next three years on how to best service the Northeast Texas community.
“Keeping the End in Sight” was the theme of the roundtable discussion on meeting the identified needs in the community. The needs were identified as a result of a 15-month process including focus groups, interviews, surveys, and community meetings that developed a report on key elements that will lead the CHRISTUS system for the next three years in community engagement. Areas identified include, but are not limited to, behavioral health, high emergency department use, primary and elder care, specialty care and chronic conditions, and education.
Those in attendance were encouraged to participate in ways to “change the fabric of our community” by collaborating within the community and reaching out to CHRISTUS with concepts and ideas for programs and services. Over 25 agencies and areas of health care were in attendance as well as City Councilmember Don Warren; CEO of Northeast Texas Public Health District, George Roberts; TISD Board member, Aaron Martinez; and from State Representative Dan Flynn’s Office, Janice Melton.
During the meeting, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System presented Community Partners in Mission awards. This award is given to recognize community partners for their collaboration in promoting CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System’s mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
This year CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances focused on recognizing those involved in extending educational opportunities, specifically in nursing. The inaugural award for “Community Partners in Mission 2019 Award” was presented by Marcos Pesquera, Vice President of Diversity and Health Equity for CHRISTUS Health to Jodi Seal, Department Chair and Cliff Boucher, Dean of Tyler Junior College, School of Nursing & Health Sciences; Dr. Barbara K. Haas, Associate Dean, University of Texas at Tyler, College of Nursing & Health Sciences; Mona Gaw, Administrative Director of Nursing Education, Gary Miller, Director of Clinical Education for CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System – Clinical Education Department as well as the Shelly Welch, CNO, Nursing Division for CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System.
CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System is thankful for their current community partners and looks forward to future collaborations to meet the needs of the Northeast Texas Community.