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January 2017
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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...

October 2016
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    By Carol Chavez, regionalization & partnership specialist On my first day as a regionalization & partnership specialist for Methodist Healthcare Ministries, I hit the ground running and traveled to Brownsville, Texas, on a Sunday afternoon to attend our Sí Texas Project Convening and Evaluation Learning Collaborative sessions. Throughout the four-hour drive, I kept mentally going over potential topics of conversation. I was excited to meet our funded partners and start developing a rapport. I took that first opportunity to network with key individuals and began building relationships with sub-grantees, executive directors and other associates from partner nonprofits. Nearly a year later that continues to be the foundation of my role: forming long-lasting, valuable and trustworthy relationships with our funded partners and with community members in our 74-county service area in South Texas. Part of my job is to also assist in managing Methodist Healthcare Ministries' Eugene...

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    Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. invests in organizations that demonstrate a commitment to meeting an unmet health care need in the community. When we award grants, we look for organizations with a history of providing community-based health care, patient-centered models and that are effectively addressing the social determinants of health. We are committed to having a measurable, systemic impact at the community and regional level, and holding ourselves accountable for these results. We lovingly refer to grantees as funded partners as this partnership serves as an extension to Methodist Healthcare Ministries' programs and services and reach into the community. This month we're profiling Community Health Centers of South Central Texas, Inc. (CHCSCT), a nonprofit health care provider. Methodist Healthcare Ministries has partnered with CHCSCT since 1994. CHCSCT has been providing health services to the people of Gonzales County since 1966. In the time since, it has...

September 2016
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    A closer look into Methodist Healthcare Ministries' grant-making.By Jane Hevezi, grants specialist I am in a unique position to intimately see how Methodist Healthcare Ministries' funding to nonprofit organizations serves as an extension to the organization's mission of creating access to health care in South Texas. We recently had the privilege of sitting down with one such organization. Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries, a regional resource center located in Boerne, Texas, has been helping transform the lives of their neighbors in poverty for the past 16 years. In 2016, Methodist Healthcare Ministries awarded nearly $83,000 to Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries to support their Family Mentoring Resource Program, a program impacting the lives of underserved individuals and families in the Texas Hill Country. Elements of the program include employment assistance, family and social support, longitudinal case management and mentorship, and resources intended to alleviate...

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