Archive for December, 2016

December 21, 2016

CHI St. Joseph Health Named Trauma Facility of the Year

(Bryan, TX) CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital was awarded the Designated Trauma Facility of the Year for 2016 by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Office of Emergency Management Services and Trauma Systems Coordination.

This award, given to only one trauma facility in the state of Texas each year, is awarded through a nomination process.  It is a strenuous review system by the governing bodies of Trauma programs for the state. Facilities across Texas are nominated annually with an explanation as to why the facility should receive the award. Through the assessment process, evaluators look at the program as a whole, including capabilities, the area and population they serve and much more.

As a Level II Trauma Center, CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital cares for patients who suffer from major traumatic injuries due to motor vehicle and ATV crashes, gunshot wounds, injuries due to falling, and other catastrophic injuries. A major goal of the Trauma Center at CHI St. Joseph Health is to care for our patients from their arrival, through their follow-up care, without having to transfer the patient to another facility for a higher level of care. All of this high level care can be done in Bryan. In fact, for 2016 to date, only five percent of emergency and trauma visits were transferred to another facility for a higher level of care.

Our Trauma Center is the only one in the region backed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, by Trauma surgeons who have fellowship training in trauma and critical care. We have surgical expertise in Trauma to include dedicated orthopedic traumatologists and an outpatient fracture clinic. Our list of specialists includes neurosurgery, general and robotic surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, radiology, critical care, and more. Operating room staff, including anesthesia, is in the hospital 24/7 and always on standby to care for our patients. Additionally, Regional Hospital is a Certified Primary Stroke and an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI by the Joint Commission. Our Trauma Center is always ready, covering over 20 counties.

 

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About CHI St. Joseph Health

Established in 1936, CHI St. Joseph Health is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. CHI St. Joseph Health is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including Regional Hospital, the region’s highest level trauma center. CHI St. Joseph Medical Group operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region, offering expert care, closer to home. CHI St. Joseph Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. For more information, visit CHIStjoseph.org.

Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI is a faith-based system that operates in 18 states and includes 103 hospitals, as well as long-term care, assisted- and residential living communities; community health services organizations; home health agencies and outpatient facilities and services. For more information, visit CatholicHealthInitiatives.org.

 

 

 

 

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December 5, 2016

CHI St. Joseph Health Celebrates 80 Year Anniversary on December 8, 2016

 

(Bryan, Texas) The end of 2016 marks two incredible milestones — the 80th anniversary of CHI St. Joseph Health and the 100th anniversary of our founders, the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio.

Over the past 80 years, what started as a small hospital in 1936 has grown into the major regional health system that CHI St. Joseph Health is today with five hospitals, two long-term care facilities, more than 30 clinics and a physician network of 265 providers. Throughout that time, the system cared for more patients, delivered more babies and introduced more advancements in healthcare than any other provider in the region. A partnership with Texas A&M Health Science Center to develop the MatureWell Lifestyle Center, a health and wellness center devoted to seniors and a new $23 million Emergency & Trauma Center at our Regional Hospital are among the most recent developments.

“As I look at our system today, I am inspired by the lasting impact of our Sisters’ legacy, faithfully carried forward by our Sisters St. Anthony, Rita Jane Radecki, Lois Anne Palkert and Penny Dunn and more than 3,000 team members,” said Rick Napper, President and CEO of CHI St. Joseph Health.

As part of the ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis, who expanded from Rochester, Minnesota to Texas in 1936, Sisters began managing and purchased the 25-bed Bryan Hospital, which had recently closed after 20 years of service. The Sisters renamed the hospital St. Joseph Hospital in honor of one of the patron saints of the sick and dying. The Sisters’ spirit of health and healing and commitment to compassionate care helped build a solid foundation for what is now one of the most trusted health systems in the region.

For the next eight decades under their direction, the hospital grew and flourished with one expansion after another and an endless list of new services, advances in equipment and medical firsts for the region. This progression has enabled CHI St. Joseph Health to become the major referral center for the nine-county area in the Brazos Valley.

Some of our medical firsts for the region include the first CT scanner, the first open-heart surgery suite and cardiac catheterization laboratory, mammography, outpatient surgery, a dedicated sleep laboratory, cancer center, rehabilitation center and freestanding emergency room.

Over the years, in order to extend their healing ministry, the Sisters also expanded the health system’s geographic footprint with the purchase of hospitals in the rural areas of Caldwell, Madisonville, Navasota and later Bellville, as well as the creation of clinics in Normangee, Lexington, Caldwell and Hearne.

In November of 2014, the Sisters of St. Francis transferred sponsorship of St. Joseph Health System to one of the largest faith-based health systems in the nation, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), based in Englewood, Colorado. As CHI St. Joseph Health, our Catholic heritage and the Sisters’ legacy continue.

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About CHI St. Joseph Health

Established in 1936, CHI St. Joseph Health is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. CHI St. Joseph Health is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including Regional Hospital, the region’s highest level trauma center. CHI St. Joseph Medical Group operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region, offering expert care, closer to home. CHI St. Joseph Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. For more information, visit CHIStjoseph.org.

Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises more than 103 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 30 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. For more information, visit CatholicHealthInitiatives.org.