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March 2017
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    By Marti Faulkner, RN, Wesley Nurse,  I remember going hunting for rabbits with my grandfather when I was little. He would shoot them; I would get out of the car and get the rabbit to place it in the ice chest in the back of the car. Then we would slowly drive down the road waiting for our next dinner to hop up in our path. Those times were precious to me and I have many memories of harvesting dinner with my grandfather. One memory, in particular, stands out to me the most: We were hunting in New Mexico on some old oil field dirt roads in the middle of nowhere. It had snowed quite a bit and everything was covered with a white blanket. When my grandfather shot the first rabbit, I was surprised at how bright the blood appeared on the snow. I was about 10 years old and decided it was really creepy so I tried to cover it up. I would kick snow on top of the blood, but the blood kept seeping through. I couldn't figure out why, but I worked harder and put on more snow until I couldn't...

February 2017
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    A closer look into Methodist Healthcare Ministries' grant-making. View Gallery: Mercy Ministries Funded Partner SpotlightMethodist Healthcare Ministries is dedicated to providing access to care to low-income families and the uninsured in South Texas. It's mission of improving the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the least-served is the driving force behind its funded partnerships. For this reason, Methodist Healthcare Ministries has been proud to partner with Mercy Ministries of Laredo, a clinic of the Mercy Health System which also strives to help the underserved through holistic patient-centered models. "Our missions could not be more comparable. We care deeply about the medically underserved and we are trying to make their lives better," said Sister Maria Luisa Vera, president of Mercy Ministries of Laredo. "Mercy Ministries has been blessed with a 10-year partnership with Methodist Healthcare Ministries." Mercy Ministries is a mid-level practice that provides primary...

January 2017
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    By Elvira Cruz, LCSW, Community Counseling Services Manager Methodist Healthcare Ministries' Community Counseling services help people who are uninsured; whose existing coverage does not provide mental health services benefits; who are low-income and lack the money to pay for counseling services; or who would not receive treatment any other way. Counseling can help individuals or families struggling with various issues. It can assist in making sense of situations by offering tools for challenging mental health journeys. It can teach healthy boundaries and identification markers for anxiety struggles. It can motivate you to socialize. Counseling can teach you healthy choices to cope with depression or self-harming behaviors, or it can help you work through an eating disorder or an addiction. Some people struggle daily with anxiety, fears, anger, desperation or despair, and may need help understanding and managing his or her feelings. Do you know someone who is irritable or...

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    Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc., has recently collaborated with Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, to introduce the Medtronic Turning Point program to Methodist Healthcare Ministries' patients with diabetes. As part of the program, patients work alongside a health partner and track their diabetes information on an innovative phone app. We sat down with Christopher Martinez, RN, WCC, a Medtronic Turning Point health partner housed at Wesley Health & Wellness Center – a clinic owned and operated by Methodist Healthcare Ministries – who is dedicated to helping patients succeed. Q: What's your role at Wesley Health & Wellness Center?I'm the face-to-face representative for Medtronic. I have an assigned group of 8-10 patients, and I'm their health partner. Besides enrolling patients in the program and helping them with any equipment troubleshooting, I review their patient profile and look at how they're doing with their diabetes. Q: How does...

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    A closer look into Methodist Healthcare Ministries' grant-making.By Jane Hevesi, community grants specialist "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller Do you know the formula for impacting the health care needs of individuals and families? One local San Antonio organization, SAMMinistries, thinks they may have found the answer: integration. SAMMinistries has been a funded partner of Methodist Healthcare Ministries since 2009 and is an interfaith ministry whose mission is to help the homeless, and those at risk of becoming homeless, attain self-sufficiency by offering, with dignity and compassion, shelter, housing, and services. Through collaborative grant development in 2015, SAMMinistries and Methodist Healthcare Ministries co-developed a new program model to holistically meet the health care needs of the individuals and families SAMMinistries serves. To effectively address the complex of needs of families experiencing homelessness, programming...

December 2016
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    By George Thomas, chief operating officer As Chief Operating Officer at Methodist Healthcare Ministries, preparing for the new year means looking at the closing year to evaluate the degree to which the organization's operations achieved the objectives set by our board of directors and what processes are needed to achieve our goals or build upon them moving forward. As they say, "Hindsight is 20/20." There is always more we can do to improve—especially when I think about the lives this organization touches. We must constantly challenge ourselves to ask: "What can we do better, more efficiently, or in a way that more people can be served?" and "How can we be sure we are making a measurable, positive impact in our patients' health outcomes?" I know every team member at Methodist Healthcare Ministries is driven by the desire to do more for our patients; to make our communities healthier. It's why we invest so heavily in our performance management systems and utilize evidence-based...

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    By Matthew Martinez, recreation & enrichment specialist Proverbs 16:9 - In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. Doing my job requires that I give a lot of myself - physically, mentally and spiritually. I've been working at Methodist Healthcare Ministries as a recreation & enrichment specialist for two years now, but not a single day has been as rewarding as the day that I put on, 'the Santa suit.' It was a typical Friday in December, filled with a lot to do and little time to do it. The one difference was that today, Dustin, our multimedia production coordinator, was going to record our department for the MHM Christmas video. I along with all of my team members, gathered in the gym to shoot our clip. That's when I was handed a Santa coat and hat. For some reason, joy filled my heart in a way that it hadn't in a while at work. After we finished shooting the scene, I was told that the rest of the suit was in the storage closet. I don't know why,...

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    by Rhonda S. Hunnicutt, RN, Wesley Nurse At our previous Wesley Nurse forum, we had a wonderful group of presenters from Living Compass, a Christian-based program that integrates faith and wellness. Their message was about simplicity. Simplicity is a concept I am trying to embrace; it's a challenge, but I continuously try to work at it. With Christmas approaching, my family and I have been focusing more on the reason for the season, Christ's birthday. Also, instead of traditional gifts, we're giving each other the gift of time, as everyone is busy these days. I'm equally reminded of how precious our time is with loved ones and dear friends. A friend of mine recently lost her battle with cancer, she was only in her early 60s. I was able to spend a few final minutes with her, sometimes just filling the time with silence, but it was understood just how much that time meant. When I was at the Luling Area Ministerial Alliance Food Bank recently, the thoughts flooded over me again about...

November 2016
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    By Edlín Maldonado-Fuller, collaborative grants specialist "Financial empowerment services help our patients see the bigger picture, to help them plan for the long term." – Monica Lucero, Behavioral Health and Social Work Supervisor While access to care plays an essential role in helping to improve the overall health of our communities, even greater are the non-clinical factors, such as income and employment. Earlier this year, Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. partnered with the Family Service Association of San Antonio's Financial Empowerment Center to offer one-on-one financial counseling to Wesley Health & Wellness Center patients as part of our holistic approach to care. Many times, when patients meet with a Methodist Healthcare Ministries social worker, financial issues and concerns arise. The social work case manager works with the financial empowerment counselor to help patients engage in support services, such as individual financial counseling....

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    By Janet Crain, RN, Wesley Nurse November is American Diabetes Month® and the beginning of the holiday season! As hard as you've worked to stay on course with managing your diabetes throughout the year, the holiday season has the potential to throw you off. Travel, parties, big meals, snack foods at the office and drinking all create a challenging environment for eating healthy. Add to that the days of travel with little scheduled exercise, and it becomes a real effort to stay on track. "How can I eat healthy during the holidays?" It's one of the most common questions asked by people with diabetes—or anyone who's made a commitment to eating with their health in mind. If you follow these strategies, you can maintain your blood sugar levels and enjoy the parties and gatherings along with everyone else. However, just like everything else with diabetes, you have to take a few extra steps: Eat breakfast or snacks earlier in the day and avoid the idea of sav­ing carbs for the big...

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