Community Update

Supporting the Mother-Baby Bond

What is more joyful than the birth of a new child? New family receiving a new breast pump.

Here at the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation, we want to ensure that every new mom and baby are well-equipped to start their new journey together. That is why we teamed up with the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth Lactation Clinic to offer free breast pumps to families in need. To date, the Foundation has provided over 50 breast pumps to Southeast Texas families.

The Foundation is proud to support and empower new moms in our area, as it is part of our mission to provide effective, compassionate care, especially to the underserved. 

“We are grateful to have received funds from the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation to initiate the Breast Pump Gift Program to ensure every mother has a breast pump for home use at discharge. Providing a breast pump can increase the length of time a mother breastfeeds, thus extending the many health benefits of mother’s milk for mom and baby,” Stacie Jones, Lead Lactation Consultant.  

The CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth team is proud to be the only hospital in Beaumont to have the Baby-Friendly Designation. This is quite the achievement since only 428 of the 5,550 hospitals in the United States are Baby-Friendly hospitals or birth centers. 

In order to comply with St. Elizabeth’s Baby Friendly Designation guidelines, the hospital must provide resources for families to help them successfully breastfeed. With approximately 60% of our mothers returning to work after 6-8 weeks, a breast pump is essential for continuing breastfeeding during this transition. 

The Foundation looks forward to continuing this special and vital partnership.

 

Free Items & Discounts for Healthcare Workers

Free Items & Discounts for Healthcare Workers
The world is fighting a war against COVID-19 right now, and our highly valued medical professionals are on the front line. To show appreciation during this trying time, many companies are offering free items and discounts for workers in the healthcare industry. The list below is just a few of the companies in Southeast Texas offering deals. We will continue to update this list as information becomes available.

Love’s Travel Stops (A Children’s Miracle Network Community Partner!!)

We already LOVE Love’s because of their dedicated fundraising efforts each year for our Children’s Miracle Network! During the COVID-19 crisis, Love’s is offering a free medium fountain drink or coffee as a ‘thank you’ to first responders and medical professionals through May. All you need is to be wearing a first responder uniform, medical scrubs, or present your work identification card!

Love’s Travel Stops
I-10, Exit 843/Smith Rd
7495 Smith Rd
Beaumont, TX, 77713

Starbucks

Through May 3, 2020, any customer who identifies as a front-line responder to the COVID-19 outbreak will receive a tall brewed coffee (hot or iced) at no charge.

Starbucks
Dowlen & Folsom
Open until 5:00 PM
3935 Dowlen Road
Beaumont, TX 77706

Starbucks
Hwy 69 & Hwy 365
Open until 5:00 PM
3610 Highway 365
Nederland, TX 77627

Starbucks
I-10 & College, Beaumont
Open until 5:00 PM
3850 College Street
Beaumont, TX 77701

Circle K

To support first responders and health care workers on the front line, Circle K is offering FREE coffee, Polar Pop Fountain Drinks, and Teas for those workers until the end of April. All you need to do is show a valid I.D. at a participating Circle K. We have called all of the locations listed below and confirmed they are participating locations.

Circle K
5805 Hwy 105
Beaumont

Circle K
1010 N Main St.
Vidor

Circle K
509 S Main St. 
Lumberton

Crocs

Crocs are offering a free pair of Classic Clogs to healthcare workers. If you are interested, please visit the link below to request a pair. Only while supplies last.

Get in Line Now

Steak ‘N Shake

Through April 7, 2020, Steak ‘N Shake is offering 20% off any Steakburger and/or order of Fries for people working in “Essential Services.” When you order, mention the discount and show any form of job I.D., such as a business card, badge or name tag to redeem.

Dollar General

Through April 30, 2020, Dollar General is offering a 10% discount for medical personnel, first responders, and activated National Guardsmen. Just show your badge or I.D.

More Information

COVID-19 Response Fund

To donate in support of our COVID-19 Response Fund, click here.

Join us in uniting for a healthier tomorrow. Extending the Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ and responding to community need, especially in times of crisis, is at the heart of our CHRISTUS mission. Even through our most uncertain times – from Hurricanes Rita, Ike, and Harvey to Tropical Storm Imelda – the dedicated CHRISTUS medical staff has been a stable, dependable, and compassionate member of the community. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different.

Together, we can make a difference.

In response to so many who have reached out to offer help, we have set up a dedicated fund to support our response to COVID-19.

As our medical staff bravely and expertly battles this novel virus we will provide much-needed aid through the COVID-19 Response Fund. Due to the nature of a pandemic, we intend this fund to be fluid in order to evolve and meet needs of the medical staff and patients at the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System.

The fund is currently focused on three main areas:

  • Helping poor and vulnerable patients cover healthcare costs related to COVID-19;
  • Helping cover our hospital’s supply, equipment or program needs related to COVID-19 response; and
  • Supporting caregivers’ needs or hardships resulting from COVID-19

NOTE: This is a fluid situation. We expect the three main areas listed above to be crucial to meeting the needs of the medical staff and patients.  We will continue to update this page, and evolve the direction of the fund to respond to what we are hearing and learning directly from the medical staff and patients.

To donate in support of our COVID-19 Response Fund, click here.

For more information regarding COVID-19, click here.

“To extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

 

IN-KIND DONATIONS

The CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation asks the Southeast Texas community to support the COVID-19 response efforts of our CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. Your generous donations will help our medical teams care for the most vulnerable in our community. Acceptable items include:

All donations must be new/unused and in original packaging.

  • Face masks (surgeon)
  • Disposable face masks
  • Homemade masks
  • N-95 masks (sometimes called respirators)
  • Eye protection including face shields (clear color shields) and safety goggles (clear color lenses)
  • Hand-sanitizer
  • Disposable gowns
  • Infrared thermometers
  • Wipes (hospital grade)

In-Kind Donation Form for CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System

The CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation asks the Southeast Texas community to support the COVID-19 response efforts of our CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. Your generous donations will help our medical teams care for the most vulnerable in our community.
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Neches Federal Credit Union

On January 29, 2020, the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) welcomed Neches Federal Credit Union‘s Marketing Team to CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth for a check presentation of funds raised in 2019. We want to thank Neches Federal Credit Union for their generous donation. The money raised will directly benefit local kids through the CMN.

During their visit, the group toured the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Pediatrics floor, giving them an up-close view of the equipment and improvements made thanks to the funds raised by the foundation and CMN.

39th Annual Gala a Success with Little Big Town

I am privileged to announce that the 39th Annual Gala was once again a resounding success, with world-class entertainment from country stars Little Big Town, a gourmet meal, and a program that honored local philanthropist Jim Willis and long-time Southeast Texas oncologist Dr. Robert Birdwell. Each year, this “Party with a Purpose” attracts well over 1,000 attendees, from businesses to foundations to individuals. Each year, our Southeast Texas community unites in support of the CHRISTUS mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, and for that we are so grateful.

The CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation focused the program portion of the evening on the $1.5 million raised to help offer the best in cancer detection and treatment at our local CHRISTUS Facilities. The Foundation has worked steadfastly to raise funds to upgrade medical cancer equipment.  These major fundraising strides were made possible because of the outpouring of support from local foundations and individuals who support our CHRISTUS cause.

We have been able to secure funding for such lifesaving equipment because of donors like YOU that so generously give. Local individuals, businesses, and foundations have made the great works of the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation possible. It is because of YOU, the donors, that women and men in Southeast Texas will have access to the highest quality of cancer detection and care.

Thank you to everyone who supported CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation at the 39th Annual Gala. We will see you all next year!

Sincerely,

Ivy Pate, Foundation President

View in Foundation Newsletter | View more photos from the Gala

Credit Unions for Kids

The Sabine Chapter of Credit Unions hosts the Kids Classic Golf Tournament each year at Bayou Din Golf Club.  Proceeds from the tournament are donated to Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals.

On April 18, the Sabine Chapter of Credit Unions presented Ivy Pate, Foundation President, and Melissa Conley, CMN Hospitals Program Manager, with a check for $20,000! Their donation will go toward providing lifesaving medical equipment for sick and injured kids at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth and Jasper Memorial. Thank you, Sabine Chapter of Credit Unions, for your generous donation.

View in Foundation Newsletter

Comprehensive Cancer Care

The CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation is proud to announce a $200,000 donation from two of our very special, dedicated, and philanthropic donors. Because of their generosity, we will now be able to purchase Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy Equipment and MRI 3T Breast Biopsy Monitor. Our Foundation is so blessed to be patronized by local individuals who have a heart for healthcare. We count on the continued generosity of donors to help keep the CHRISTUS mission alive. We are able to extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ because of the selflessness, kindness, and bigheartedness of those who are true stewards.

Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy Equipment uses sound waves to help locate a lump or abnormality and remove a tissue sample for examination in a less invasive manner than surgical biopsy, leaving little to no scarring. It also does not involve exposure to radiation. The MRI 3T Breast Biopsy Monitor is the accompanying monitor.

We strive to give CHRISTUS patients peace of mind that they are getting the highest quality in cancer care right here at home, which means spending less time driving back and forth to Houston and spending more time with family and support systems, receiving emotional support that is so vital.

Once again, we want to say thank you to two of our very special donors. You have given the women of Southeast Texas a lasting gift.

View in Foundation Newsletter

Toy Drive of Southeast Texas

This year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals hosted the Toy Drive of Southeast Texas. The community was invited to donate toys, craft supplies, and clothes to sick and injured kids at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth. Donations were collected at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth and several partnering Dairy Queen locations.

Emily Neild

From hospital departments to local high schools, the Southeast Texas community showed incredible generosity. Emily Neild, a pre-teen from Nederland, even spearheaded her own drive for craft supplies and DVDs. Neild lives with mitochondrial disease and has spent a significant amount of time in the hospital. She knows how important it is for hospitals to have activities that will keep kids’ minds off of treatment during their stay. With the help of friends and family, Neild donated over $3,000 worth of craft supplies and DVDs.

Donations made to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the Toy Drive of Southeast Texas will provide entertainment for pediatric patients at CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth throughout the year.

View in Foundation Newsletter

Click the image to read more about the donation:

4 Ever Rollin Car Club
Beaumont United High School Football Team
CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth: Business Services
Lamar University Dance Marathon
CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth: Health Informatics
CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth: Revenue Integrity
West Brook High School Golf Team

Neches FCU Gives Back on Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, Neches Federal Credit Union hosted a bake sale to raise money for their local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth and Jasper Memorial. They invited members to stop by one of their locations and pick up some Valentine treats. Neches employees also chose to participate in the Miracle Jeans Day campaign by making a donation to CMN Hospitals in exchange for wearing jeans on Valentine’s Day.

What a generous way to share the love on Valentine’s Day! Thank you, Neches Federal Credit Union.

Excerpt from original article.

View in Foundation Newsletter

Free Breast Pumps for New Mothers

The Evans family has a particular health insurance that does not offer breast pump coverage and were unable to afford to buy one. The CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation was thrilled to be able to offer this amazing gift.

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation has teamed up with the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth Outpatient Lactation Clinic to offer free breast pumps to qualifying patients. Stacie Jones, Lead Lactation Consultant, gave some insight into the Breast Pump Gift Program:

“In order to comply with our Baby Friendly Designation guidelines, we are to provide resources for families to help them successfully breastfeed. With approximately 60% of our mothers returning to work after 6-8 weeks, a double electric breast pump is essential for continuing breastfeeding during this transition. A small population of patients is unable to obtain a pump through private or medicate insurance providers and do not have the means to purchase a pump for home use.

We are grateful to have received funds from the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation to initiate the Breast Pump Gift Program to ensure every mother has a breast pump for home use at discharge. Providing a breast pump can increase the length of time a mother breastfeeds, thus extending the many health benefits of mother’s milk for mom and baby.”

View in Foundation Newsletter