Home Local News Weekly CHRISTUS Mother Frances-Sulphur Springs Report for March 12th, 2021 by Holly Ragan

Weekly CHRISTUS Mother Frances-Sulphur Springs Report for March 12th, 2021 by Holly Ragan





The DAISY Foundation was established in 2000 by the family of Patrick Barnes. He died at the age of 33 of complications of ITP. Like many families you see every day who go through this kind of horrific loss, the Barnes family wanted to find a way to turn their grief into something positive and do something that would honor the very special man Patrick was. Over a dinner right after Pat’s death, they came up with DAISY – an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

As they brainstormed what The DAISY Foundation would do, they kept coming back to the one positive thing they held on to during Pat’s 8 week illness: the amazing care he – and all the family – received from Pat’s nurses, even when he was completely sedated. The family was so impressed by the clinical care Pat’s nurses provided, and they were overwhelmed by the level of compassion and kindness that his nurses brought to Pat’s bedside day in and day out. The family came to understand that the communication and attention being paid to Pat was a very important part of the clinical care nurses provide.

Because of their experience, The Barnes Family believes that nurses are unsung heroes of our society who deserve far more recognition and honor than they receive. They decided to find a way to say thank you to nurses. So Pat’s wife, Tena, his parents, Bonnie and Mark and other family members created The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. There are now 2,000 healthcare facilities in fifteen countries committed to honoring their nurses with The DAISY Award.

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System started the DAISY program in early 2011. The award is presented quarterly to the ONE best nomination, as chosen by a panel of direct care nurses from each of our seven sites. All nominations are blinded, so no one knows who has been nominated until after the winner is chosen.

The winner for this quarter is Kristi Couch, RN, in our nursery department.

Hospital Visitation

For the safety and health of the community and our ministry, CHRISTUS Health is screening all associates and visitors to our hospitals to help lessen the risk of infectious disease transmission among our patients, associates, and guests. 

  • (1) Entrance to hospital through Emergency Department 24/7
  • (1) Visitor per patient
  • Visitors must be between the ages of 16-years old and 65-years old
  • All visitors are screened at the door, including a temperature taken
  • All associates are screened at each shift, including a temperature taken
  • Visiting hours are 7am to 7pm (subject to change)
  • ALL hospital visitors are required to wear a mask. Visitors should bring their own mask; homemade cloth masks are acceptable.


Hopkins County Health Care Foundation Hospital Gala 2021

The Gala is one of the most beloved and anticipated events of the year.  This year, the 15th Annual Lights of Life Gala, will be that again – the theme this year is ‘Gala Unmasked’.

The Silent Auction will be open for bidding from February 15 through March 20.

It will be live on the GiveSmart Platform as in year’s past: https://galaunmasked.givesmart.com

All items will be displayed at the Civic Center and available for viewing:

Monday, 3/1 – Facebook live at Civic Center

Wednesday, 3/3 – 11 am – 1 pm

Friday, 3/5 – 9 am – 11 am

Tuesday, 3/16 – 5 pm – 7 pm

Thursday, 3/18 – 11 am – 1 pm

Friday, 3/19 – 9 am – 11 am


The Virtual Gala | Live Auction will take place on March 20th at 6:00pm. 

There will be THREE avenues to view Gala Unmasked and the Live Auction Telethon:

  1. Hopkins County Health Care Foundation Facebook Page
  2. youtube.com/chadsmedia
  3. chadsmedia.com

If you wish to bid on a Live Auction Item, please call 903.243.9098.  Volunteers will be operating the phone bank to take bids. (This will happen in real time.)

Coloring Contest/Naming Contest for Kindergarten through 5th Grades

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs has a new family member… the Mako robotic surgical assistant.  We are asking for all local students from Kindergarten through 5th grades to enter a coloring sheet and come up with a name for our new robot.  Students should work with their teachers to enter their submissions.  The top 5 finalists will be shared on Facebook, and the community will vote on the winning name.  The winner will get to meet the robot, have a pizza party, and we will post their photo in the newspaper with the robot and our Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Chris Meltsakos, who will be using the robotic assistant to work on patients’ knees.  We look forward to all of the great ideas – please note:  the deadline is March 15th.


Experiencing Symptoms?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, chills, muscle pain or headache, or diarrhea, please call your provider for either a face-to-face appointment or a telemedicine consultation.  If your provider determines you need to have a COVID-19 test, they will send you to the appropriate outpatient location for testing.  If you are experiencing an emergency, please present to the Emergency Room.  At this time, we are preserving our Emergency Room COVID-19 tests for those who are experiencing an emergency.  Otherwise, we would ask that you follow the steps above.  If you do not have a healthcare provider, CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic welcomes new patients.  Please call 903.885.3181 to talk to one of our associates about setting up an appointment.


Don’t Delay Care:

We want to be perfectly clear – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances remains a safe place for all to receive quality care. Go to the Emergency Department or call 9-1-1 if you are urgently ill. While COVID-19 is new, our processes and procedures in place for infection prevention and preventing the spread of illness are not. To learn more about COVID-19, go to ChristusTMF.org or www.cdc.gov.

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