MHM Unveils Art Installation Commemorating Breast Cancer Awareness Month

San Antonio, Texas (September 27, 2022) – Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., in partnership with San Antonio International Airport, and SAY Sí, unveiled a new art installation commemorating at the San Antonio International Airport on Tuesday, September 27. The art installation was commissioned by Methodist Healthcare Ministries and created by students of SAY Sí using more than 250 donated bras and ties collected during its 2021 Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The items were donated by breast cancer survivors, as well as their loved ones, through collection bins located at the San Antonio International Airport, Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ San Antonio locations, and ThriveWell Cancer Foundation.

Methodist Healthcare Ministries commissioned the art piece using donated bras and ties to foster a dialogue in the community about the importance of cancer prevention screenings and the need for support services, such as transportation and housing, for uninsured/low-income patients who struggle to access care once diagnosed with cancer.  According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women in the United States behind skin cancer. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the totals number of cancer screening tests received by women through the Center for Disease Control’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (Early Detection Program) declined by 87% for breast cancer and 84% for cervical cancer during April 2020 as compared with the previous 5-year averages for that month.

“We wanted to create something memorable to drive home the importance of screening and the impact breast cancer has on more than just the patient, but also caregivers, families, neighbors, health care providers and, really, it impacts our entire community,” says Jaime Wesolowski, President & CEO of Methodist Healthcare Ministries. “With cancer, there is always a ripple effect, and it is so important that we encourage the people we love to get screened early. We are incredibly proud of the students at SAY Sí for lending their creativity and time to this effort, and to the San Antonio International Airport for allowing this work to be displayed – their efforts can save lives in our community and across the world, as it will be seen by visitors from around the world.”

The art installation will be placed in an area near baggage claim in Terminal B at the San Antonio International Airport. It will remain there throughout October 2022.

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About Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.: Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is a private, faith-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating access to health care for the uninsured through direct services, community partnerships and strategic grant-making in 74 counties across South Texas. Guided by its mission of “Serving Humanity to Honor God,” Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ vision is to be the leader for improving wellness of the least served. The mission also includes Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ one-half ownership of the Methodist Healthcare System, the largest healthcare system in South Texas, which creates a unique avenue to ensure that it continues to be a benefit to the community by providing quality care to all and charitable care when needed. For more information, visit www.mhm.org.

Parenting Program – Virtual Classes

During these difficult times when it is very important to practice social distancing, Methodist Healthcare Ministries' Parenting team remains available to provide practical support to help parents and guardians learn parenting skills so they will be more confident and more competent leaders within their families. Our team is offering a variety of virtual classes via Zoom that you can participate in from the comfort of your own home. The classes being offered include:

Parenting Tips During Quarantine: Activities 

Join the Methodist Healthcare Ministries' Parenting team as they share fun activities children can do at home – with everyday materials. These activities will help you keep your children occupied safely and keep them healthy.

Follow the links above to view the pre-recorded activities. For more information, please contact Anahi Alvizo by email at aalvizo@mhm.org or by phone at 210 607 1630.

Virtual Camp Wesley

Due to the ongoing need to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Methodist Healthcare Ministries will not be offering its usual Camp Wesley summer program.  However, Methodist Healthcare Ministries' Recreation & Enrichment team has developed a new free 'virtual' camp experience that children can participate from the safety and comfort of their own homes. Each class will be unique and designed so campers can participate with materials typically already available in their homes. Join us for fun and learning starting June 22.  See the details below.

  • Virtual Camp Wesley (60 minutes)
    • Classes run Monday, June 22 thru Friday, August 14 beginning at 1 p.m every weekday
    • Classes are free to the public, but registration is required
    • K-8th kids can participate in activities with just a little bit of supplies.
    • Activities can be altered to be completed with whatever supplies campers have available.
    • Campers can log on from a laptop, cell phone or tablet
    • Register in advance for the class through this link: https://mhm.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYlce2tqzksHNyafkGaCCfvyM3-no0v4YKr

Follow the links above to register and you will receive a confirmation email containing information needed to join the class. Attendees register once and can attend any of the occurrences.

Our team remains available to help you find ways to stay active and healthy. Have a great summer!

 

Recreation & Enrichment Virtual Class Schedule

Methodist Healthcare Ministries' Recreation & Enrichment team remains available to help you find ways to stay active and healthy. Our team is offering a variety of recreation & enrichment classes via Zoom that you can participate in from the comfort of your own home. The classes being offered include:

 

 

 

Follow the links above to register and you will receive a confirmation email containing information needed to join the class.

‘How To Guide’ for RingCentral Meeting

How to Install RingCentral Meetings App  and Join Meetings

Step-by-step guide for iPhones:

Step-by-step guide for Android:

  • Click here to view a 'How to' video on YouTube
  • Click here to download a guide in English for Android

Step-by-step guide for Computer:

  • Click here to view a 'How to' video on YouTube
  • Click here to download a guide in English for PC users

 

Cómo Instalar la Aplicación RingCentral Meetings y Unirse a Reuniones

Guía paso-por-paso para los que usan Apple:

Guía paso-por-paso para los que usan Android:

Guía paso-por-paso para los que usan una computadora:

COVID-19 Operations Information Hub

In this informational hub, you will find:

Operations Updates

How to Get Help

How to Help

COVID-19 Resources

Operations Updates

As Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. safely reopens operations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, every precaution is being taken to ensure the safety of our patients, clients and team members. Please read below to see how our adjusted operations might impact the way you interact with us during this season.

Following guidance from federal, state and local officials, Methodist Healthcare Ministries is making the following changes to our operations.

PLEASE NOTE: Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ health & wellness centers are not COVID-19 screening/testing sites.

Clinical Operations Adjustments:

These new procedures allow for increased risk-mitigation while continuing to provide affordable, high quality care for the least-served in the San Antonio area. Patients and clients can call (210) 922-6922 for more information about appointments. 

  • Wesley Health & Wellness Center
    • Will continue to see medical & behavioral health patients in the safest environment possible, either by a scheduled telehealth, in person or curbside as appropriate.
    • Oral health care appointments have continued. We have installed air mitigation systems, increased disinfection measures and our team members wear PPE that creates a very safe environment in which patients can receive their care.
    • Continues to provide case management/emergency assistance services (food, rent & utilities assistance, etc.) by appointment only.
    • Carvajal Pharmacy is not open for walk-ins, but is offering medication mail and delivery services for established patients during this time. If you need to refill your medication or speak to a pharmacist, please call 210-922-6922 and press option 4. 
    • Shifted all non-clinical services—parenting classes and recreation and enrichment activities for youth, adults and seniors—to a virtual environment. 
      • Virtual Parenting classes are offered via Zoom. Visit news.mhm.org/virtualmeld for more information and sign-up instructions.
      • Virtual Recreation & Enrichment classes are offered via Zoom. Visit news.mhm.org/virtualrecreation for more information and sign-up instructions.
  • Dixon Health & Wellness Center
    • Oral health care appointments have continued. We have installed air mitigation systems, increased disinfection measures and our team members wear PPE that creates a very safe environment in which patients can receive their care.
    • Medical appointments continue to be conducted via telemedicine only or in-person by appointment at our Wesley Health & Wellness Center.
  • School Based Health Centers
    • Both SBHC locations are open and seeing patients for medical and dental services by appointment only.

Regional Operations Adjustments:

All our regional programs—Community Counseling, Get FIT, Wesley Nurse—have resumed on-site operations across our service area, and may adjust depending on local health guidelines and infection rates.

Corporate Office Adjustments (Including Community Grants, Policy & Advocacy and Accounting & Finance):

  • The building is closed to general public. Please call (210) 692-0234 for any questions related to our corporate office.
  • Site visits to funded partners by the Community Grants team are suspended until further notice.

We know many of you are taking similar action to protect yourselves and your families. We will continue to work collaboratively across our service area to provide safe ways to care for the most vulnerable in the face of this pandemic.

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How to Get Help

Texas Workforce Commission: Applying for Unemployment.

https://twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/applying-unemployment-benefits

School Meal Finder: The Texas Education Agency, in partnership with the Office of the Governor and Texas Department of Agriculture, has now launched a MealFinder Map for families to find school meals during the coronavirus outbreak.

https://schoolmealfinder.hoonuit.com/?filter_state=tx

Your Texas Benefits: To maximize food & household assistance needs for individual and family households, individuals who are recently unemployed due to the COVID-19 Emergency are encouraged to apply directly for benefits through the Texas Workforce Commission.

https://www.yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/Home#login

211 Texas: Committed to helping Texans connect with the services they need.

https://www.211texas.org/

How to Help

Prevention Tips: The Texas Department of State Health Services has provided tips for individuals to prevent the spread.

https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/#prevent

Blood Banks: With blood supply at critically low levels, banks are exempt under “Stay Home, Work Safe” orders. Texans are encouraged to donate when and where they can.

Food Banks: Across the state, food banks are mobilizing volunteers and resources to help fellow Texans. Learn how you can help your community through monetary, tangible and time donations.

COVID-19 Resources

American Psychological Association: The APA has created a guide for how to best practice social distancing, while still getting necessary social support.

https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/social-distancing

Centers for Disease Control: The CDC is providing rea-time information on the spread of the disease across the United States, as well as resources and tips to look out for in order to protect yourself and your family. 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Coronavirus.gov: In partnership with the CDC and Department of Health and Human Services, the White House has provided a resource and prevention guide for slowing the spread of COVID-19.

https://www.coronavirus.gov/

San Antonio Metro Health: If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, please call San Antonio Metro Health COVID-19 Hotline at ( 210) 207-5779

https://www.sanantonio.gov/Health/News/Alerts/CoronaVirus

Texas Department of State Health Services: The TDSHS is providing an up-to-date count of confirmed cases in each Texas county.

https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/ed483ecd702b4298ab01e8b9cafc8b83

 

Executive Team


Jaime Wesolowski, President & Chief Executive Officer

Jaime Wesolowski
President & Chief Executive Officer

Jaime Wesolowski is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Methodist Healthcare Ministries. A healthcare executive with three decades of leadership experience, Jaime is responsible for the overall governance and direction of Methodist Healthcare Ministries. Jaime earned his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Xavier University, and his Bachelor’s of Science from Indiana University in Healthcare Administration. As a cancer survivor, Jaime is a staunch supporter of the American Cancer Society. He serves as Chair of the American Cancer Society’s South Texas Area board of directors and he was appointed as Chair to the recently created South Region Advisory Cabinet, covering eight states from Arizona through Alabama. Jaime believes his personal experience as a cancer survivor has given him more defined insight and compassion to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families.


Tony LoBasso
Chief Financial Officer

Tony LoBasso is the Chief Financial Officer at Methodist Healthcare Ministries where he is responsible for the overall financial health of the organization. Tony’s career began in public accounting and spans nearly 35 years of progressive financial and accounting leadership in the areas of health insurance, specialty medical care and hospital systems. He also guides the direction of the organization’s information technology & services, community grants and administrative services & facilities teams to fulfill the organization’s mission and vision. Tony earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Health Care Financial Managers Association.


Xochy Hurtado
Chief Operating Officer

Xochy Hurtado is the Chief Operating Officer at Methodist Healthcare Ministries. Building upon 14 years of progressive leadership experience in the healthcare industry, Xochy guides the direction of clinical and regional operations to ensure the organization’s mission and vision are realized. A native Texan, Xochy earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University in College Station and her Master of Science with a specialization in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. Prior to joining Methodist Healthcare Ministries, Xochy served in executive leadership roles within HCA Healthcare and the Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Jennifer Knoulton
Vice President of Regional Operations

Jennifer Knoulton is the Vice President of Regional Operations at Methodist Healthcare Ministries. She is responsible for the operations, financial management, quality and patient satisfaction of the organization’s regional nursing and wellness programs, community engagement, and Sí Texas: Social Innovation for a Healthy South Texas project, a Social Innovation Fund program. She and her team work to engage the community of South Texas in issues of health that most directly impact the underserved community. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and has been a registered nurse for over 25 years. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Women United – United Way of San Antonio.


Bridget Lamme

Bridget Lamme, PHR
Vice President of Human Resources

Bridget Lamme, PHR, is the Vice President of Human Resources at Methodist Healthcare Ministries where she leads the organization’s human resource (HR) operations for over 475 team members. She has a proven track record of delivering results, influencing change and engaging people across her 25+ years of experience in HR. Bridget’s holistic approach to supporting MHM staff considers the physical, mental and spiritual needs of each team member in order to build a thriving, diverse and engaged workforce. Prior to joining MHM, she was previously the Vice President of Human Resources at Harland Clarke — formerly Clarke American Inc. She currently volunteer for the Guadalupe County Humane Society and is a sustaining member of the San Antonio Junior League. Bridget earned a bachelor’s degree from Angelo State University with a double major in marketing and management and has held the prestigious Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation since 2002. Most recently, Bridget earned a Masters in Legal Studies from Texas A&M University School of Law with a certificate in Healthcare Law and Policy in 2022.  


Charito Lincoln

Charito Lincoln
Vice President of Community Investments

Charito Lincoln is the Vice President of Community Investments at Methodist Healthcare Ministries where she leads the organization’s strategic grant-making and capacity-building efforts. Her leadership is critical to ensuring MHM’s philanthropic and community investment practices support its commitment to health equity – reducing the inequities inherent across South Texas so the least served have greater opportunities to reach their full potential. Charito brings over 15 years of expertise in designing and executing strategies, governance structure, reporting metrics, and transition plans to her role as VP. Prior to joining MHM, she served as the Corporate Responsibility Director at USAA, supporting grantmaking, employee giving, volunteerism, event planning, sponsorships, diversity & inclusion, and racial equality. Charito has also volunteered with various local and national non-profits and is on the board of the S.A.V.E. Women’s Foundation and is a trainer for the Segs4Vets program of Disability Rights Advocates for Technology. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Texas – San Antonio, is a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager, and is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified.


Oanh H. Maroney-Omitade
Vice President of Organizational Excellence

Oanh H. Maroney-Omitade is the Vice President of Organizational Excellence at Methodist Healthcare Ministries where she supports the development of an overall strategic roadmap for the organization. She collaborates with leaders across the organization to prioritize and implement opportunities to improve, enhance and integrate organizational systems and helps implement its strategy for equity, diversity and inclusion work as a foundational element for organizational transformation. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Oanh was named “One of San Antonio’s Rising Stars” under the age of 40 by the San Antonio Business Journal in 2003 and was recognized as one of the San Antonio Business Journal’s 2020 Health Care Heroes. She is an alumni of Leadership Women Texas and member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.


Sandra Martinez

Sandra Martinez
Vice President of Strategy & Partnerships

Sandra Martinez is the Vice President of Strategy & Partnerships at Methodist Healthcare Ministries where she oversees the Strategy and Impact department and the functions of strategic planning and development, research, and partnerships. Sandra provides strategic guidance and executive leadership in advancing MHM’s strategic plan to address systemic and root causes of health inequity. She is currently leading efforts to establish strategic partnerships that support cross sector collaboration and system level change while building MHM’s capacity as a partner, leader, and convener to advance health equity. Sandra received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Political Science. She has more than 20 years of community leadership experience serving in various capacities focused in the areas of health and human services, public policy, and nonprofit sector.


Cindy McCloy
Vice President of Accounting & Controller

Cindy McCloy is the Vice President of Accounting & Controller at Methodist Healthcare Ministries and brings more than 30 years of nonprofit experience to her role where she is responsible for overseeing the accounting, accounts payable and payroll departments; including budgeting, financial forecasting and reporting, tax returns and financial audits. She also supervises more than $24 million in community grants that Methodist Healthcare Ministries awards annually. Cindy earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2014.


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Vice President of Communications

Jessica C. Muñoz is the Vice President of Communications at Methodist Healthcare Ministries where she plays an integral role in managing the organization’s reputation and strengthening its brand, as well as developing the internal communications systems and processes that help team members stay connected to the organization’s mission. Jessica earned a Master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from the George Washington University and a B.A. from St. Mary’s University. She is an alumni of Leadership Women Texas and member of the American Marketing Association and the Public Relations Society of America.


Leticia Ortiz-Johnson
Vice President of Integrated Healthcare

Leticia Ortiz-Johnson is the Vice President of Integrated Healthcare at Methodist Healthcare Ministries where she is responsible for the operations of the organization’s clinical care programs, including medical, dental, behavioral health and nutrition services. Lety haspreviously served the organization as interim Vice President of Clinical Operations and before that as Director of Medical Operations. Lety has been a registered nurse for the past 28 years and most recently attained her Master of Science in Nursing as a Family nurse Practitioner from Texas Tech University. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Texas Tech University. Lety is originally from Del Rio, Texas.


Chris Yanas
Vice President of Policy & Advocacy

Christine Yanas is the Vice President of Policy & Advocacy at Methodist Healthcare Ministries, where she is responsible for the development of the organization’s public health policies and legislative agendas. Chris is an experienced government relations professional with more than 15 years of specialized knowledge and experience in hospital and healthcare public policy. Prior to joining Methodist Healthcare Ministries, Chris served for seven years as the interim CEO and vice president of operations and advocacy at Teaching Hospitals of Texas (THOT) in Austin where she advocated on behalf of the state’s large teaching hospitals. Her career in policy work began at the state capitol as a legislative staffer for a number of rural and urban members of the Texas House of Representatives. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and Government.

Methodist Healthcare Ministries Media Guidelines

The Methodist Healthcare Ministries communications team helps coordinate interviews and gathers qualitative and quantitative data for regional, national and international print and broadcast media outlets. Whatever your needs, we will work to provide you with the content you seek on deadline. To request an interview with a doctor or a patient at Methodist Healthcare Ministries, please contact our team first. A member of the communications team will help you identify physicians, staff or families appropriate for your story, find a space to conduct your interview and coordinate any photo or b-roll shoots at our clinics or on location. 

Need to speak with a Methodist Healthcare Ministries subject matter expert?

We are happy to connect you with doctors, clinic staff, and subject matter experts. Methodist Healthcare Ministries experts can provide information about clinical practices, patient care, health care trends, compelling patient stories and more. 

Need to arrange photos or interviews with our staff or patients?

The communications team will make arrangements for you and accompany you during your visit. A member of the communications team must accompany all media personnel during visits to Methodist Healthcare Ministries facilities. Additionally, we require all patients to sign a consent/photo release form before granting an interview, releasing medical information, or being photographed (parent/guardian signature required for patients under 18).

Contacting our communications team

For media questions, please contact Director of Communications, Jessica Munoz at jmunoz1@mhm.org or 210-546-0992. You can also email communications@mhm.org

Using our photography and videos

You're welcome to pull photos and videos from our newsroom for your work. Please credit photos: Methodist Healthcare Ministries, and let us know how you plan to use them. We appreciate your cooperation.

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Jaime Wesoloski

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jaime Wesolowski is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Methodist Healthcare Ministries. A healthcare executive with three decades of leadership experience, Jaime is responsible for the overall governance and direction of Methodist Healthcare Ministries. Jaime earned his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Xavier University, and his Bachelor’s of Science from Indiana University in Healthcare Administration. As a cancer survivor, Jaime is a staunch supporter of the American Cancer Society. He serves as Chair of the American Cancer Society’s South Texas Area board of directors and he was appointed as Chair to the recently created South Region Advisory Cabinet, covering eight states from Arizona through Alabama. Jaime believes his personal experience as a cancer survivor has given him more defined insight and compassion to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families.