December 2014
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    The Wesley Health & Wellness Center (WHWC), a mission of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., had a gymnasium filled with laughter, thankfulness and full stomachs on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Nearly 400 clients, team members and friends from the community joined together for a Thanksgiving meal prepared by the Wesley Café. While this annual event continues to grow in attendance, the fellowship among participants remains the most rewarding aspect of the luncheon. Attendees ranged in age, from infant to elderly. There were families with young children and senior couples. The attendees were as diverse as the menu. Chef Alan and his team prepared a homemade Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. The menu consisted of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread stuffing, Caesar salad, gravy, fresh cranberry sauce, whole fresh fruit and assorted traditional pies. Water, tea, cider and coffee were also available. Many guests were unable to carry all of their...

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November 2014
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    By Andy Hernandez, Community Development Manager For those who lack the means to obtain health insurance, being able to do so is a life-changing event. Health insurance provides not only health security, but economic security as well. Many of us are fortunate enough to have an employer-sponsored health insurance plan, but I would like you to take a moment to consider what your life would look like without it. It might look something like this: our lives would be less financially secure; our health care options more limited; and our long-term prospects for living a vital and productive life, more compromised. The next enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will take place Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015. This period gives us a window of opportunity to help connect others to the Health Information Marketplace where many affordable healthcare plans are available. Being able to afford health insurance is transformational – it transforms the “underserved” to the...

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October 2014
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    By Sharlene Scheler, Wesley Nurse, Smithville Over 15,000 diapers collected I have always enjoyed helping people. My responsibility as a Wesley Nurse is to be aware of the needs within my community and then find a way to help. One Smithville need that I quickly identified was the high demand for children and adult diapers. Diapers are very expensive so I determined holding a diaper drive was one way that I could help. Believe it or not, there are many families in the area struggling to provide very basic needs including affording something as basic as diapers. Last year was our inaugural event. We collected 4,000 diapers. That was wonderful. This year was amazing! I promoted this year's event by distributing flyers to local businesses. The local Chamber advertised the diaper drive in their newsletter and the local newspaper promoted it as well. The church's Health Committee helped me make signs for the church too. It was really a group effort, even my husband helped. We collected...

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    MHM treats team members to daylong “skip day” I’ve got spirit, yes, I do… I’ve got spirit, how about you? Methodist Healthcare Ministries was full of spirit at the 2014 MHM Retreat also known as #MHMSkipDay. Last Friday, team members were granted a “skip day” from work gathering together at the Main Event entertainment center for the annual MHM Retreat. The retreat provides an opportunity for the executive management team to share information about the current state of the business and offer insight into upcoming events. Tenured team members celebrating 5, 10 or 15 years with the organization were also honored for their service during an award ceremony. The main purpose of the retreat is to show gratitude for the dedication of each MHM team member and provide a time for fellowship. There were a wide variety of activities to choose from, including laser tag, ropes course, arcade games, bingo, photo booth, bowling and billiards tournaments. “We wanted to show our...

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