Guadalupe Regional Medical Center | Health Currents | Spring 2022

3 Care for your whole body, right here at home GRMEDCENTER.COM I n th i s i s sue Making an informed choice Reviews and recommendations from trusted friends and knowledgeable users remains a tried-and-true method for making a wise choice. In the healthcare arena, several organizations have emerged to research complicated data and provide criteria-based recommendations. The Women’s Choice Award is one such group, so named because more than 90% of all healthcare decisions are made by women. This organization once again identified Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in the top tier among more than 4,700 hospitals nationwide in four important categories. GRMC is in the top 1% in the nation for Patient Safety in surgery practice and lower overall rates for complications and infection. In addition, GRMC is in the top 9% in the nation for: • Emergency Care, based on low wait times and quick response to critical conditions such as stroke and sepsis • Obstetrical Care, based on patient recommendations, patient safety, Baby-Friendly designation and low rates of early elective deliveries And significantly, GRMC rates in the top 100 hospitals of our size in the nation for Overall Patient Experience, based on patient feedback about effective communication, responsiveness, cleanliness and explanation of medications. We at GRMC are honored to be recognized for the care provided by our excellent physicians and staff. We know that there is never a finish line to achieving top quality, and we continue to pursue excellence in every service and patient interaction. SPRING 2022 ADVANCED MEDICINE. PERSONAL TOUCH. HEALTH CURRENTS Standard U.S. Postage PAID Walla Walla, WA Permit No. 44

“Our entire GRMC team was pushed to unimaginable limits during our COVID surges in the past two years. We not only met the challenge, but went above and beyond to ensure excellent care and a safe work environment for all.” Daphne Blake, RN, MSN, GRMC Chief Nursing Officer “Why do we do what we do? I can say that I am inspired by the dedicated doctors and healthcare providers at GRMC. I want to do my best so that they can do what they do best. Together we make an awesome team!” Trish Debold, RRT, GRMC employee since 2012 “I feel certain that I was meant to be here at GRMC. From administration to the clinical staff, the goal is always the same: to make sure that we are providing top-notch, safe care for all patients, visitors and staff.” Laurie Garrison, LVN, GRMC employee since 2017 Workplace inspiration One of the best indicators of a high-quality organization is its staff’s longevity, loyalty, job satisfaction and pride in their work. Guadalupe Regional Medical Center is proud to rate highly in each of those categories for the 800-plus employees, 100-plus physicians and 100-plus volunteers who make up our esteemed staff. Here’s what a few of our team members have to say: “I interviewed in several places before I chose GRMC. I could tell from the start that the culture here is focused on quality, trust, relationships and constant striving for improvement.” Juan Arenas, MD, Hospitalist / Chief Clinical Officer “I practically grew up at GRMC. We consider each other our family, and we are strongly committed to each other and our patients. I consider it a blessing to work here and love the compassion my co-workers bring to work everyday.” Denise Brown, RN, GRMC employee since 2007 2 | GRMC Heal th Currents

GENERAL SURGERY. Abdominal procedures on the gallbladder, appendix, hernias and colon are commonly performed by our general surgeons using high-tech robotic surgery techniques. Last year GRMC was recognized by Healthgrades for excellence in colorectal surgery. WOUND CARE. This specialized team helps treat underlying health issues while helping chronic wounds and ulcers heal fast and more effectively. Our state-of-the-art hyperbaric chamber is integral to this process. JOINTS AND BONES. Our orthopedic surgeons’ expertise has earned GRMC the distinction of being in the top 10% in the nation for joint replacement surgery and a 5-Star award for total knee replacement. Trust GRMC to provide the best in upper and lower extremity care for trauma, sports injuries, fractures and reconstructive procedures. HAND THERAPY. This is one of several types of specialized physical rehabilitation focus areas provided in our Outpatient Rehab Clinic. Our Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) helps alleviate symptoms related to arthritis, post-operative repairs, carpal tunnel and trauma. VASCULAR SURGERY. Our vascular surgeon provides medical and surgical management of the veins and arteries, which offers pain relief, improves blood flow to treat non-healing wounds, prevents serious conditions such as stroke, and also treats varicose and spider veins. FOOT CARE. People with diabetes often suffer from slow-healing wounds of the feet. Our orthopedists and podiatrists treat this and a variety of other foot injuries and conditions. PELVIC FLOOR THERAPY. Women experiencing incontinence or pain have found great relief through exercise treatments that improve muscle strength and control in our Outpatient Rehab Clinic. PANCREAS. Diabetes, a disorder of the pancreas, is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world. It affects people of all ages. Our board-certified endocrinologist and certified diabetes educator help patients with this diagnosis lead healthy lives.

Care from head to toe GRMC’S WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES AND SPECIALISTS HAS YOU COVERED MENTAL HEALTH. The Teddy Buerger Center provides individual and family counseling, anger management, chemical dependency, and other services. Psychiatric services are also available for seniors, including the Heritage Program for depression. EAR, NOSE AND THROAT. Allergies, sinus issues, hearing loss, tumors, tonsillitis and chronic infections are some of the many conditions treated by our ENT specialist. BREAST CANCER SCREENING AND SURGERY. Our Women’s Imaging Center provides the most sophisticated technology available for precise diagnosis and development of care plans. NEUROLOGY. Our double board-certified neurologist brings comprehensive care for physical conditions or illnesses that affect your brain and nervous system, including chronic headaches, seizures, epilepsy and more. CARDIAC CARE. GRMC is celebrating the 10th anniversary of our top-of-theline cardiac catheterization services. In that time, we’ve provided diagnosis and treatment to over 7,500 heart disease patients. GASTROENTEROLOGY. Screening, scoping and interventional procedures to diagnose and treat a wide range conditions of the stomach and intestinal system in our dedicated GI Clinic. EYES. World-class care for cataract surgery. | 4

46 123 97 119 72 119 183 87 87 183 90 183 111 80 La Vernia Yoakum Cuero Kenedy 239 Serving our community HOSPITAL CAMPUS 1215 E. Court St. Seguin, TX 78155 Our hospital campus continues to grow and improve as well. Several remodeling projects were recently completed, including the new Intermediate Care Unit for higher-intensity care of cardiac and vascular patients and a new MRI unit providing state-ofthe-art images for soft tissue disease. Our highly skilled physicians also serve other outlying communities, including Kenedy, Yoakum, Cuero, La Vernia and Gonzales. Go to to find a provider near you. In addition to our main campus, GRMC has been operating the Clear Springs Primary Care and Urgent Care Center for the past two years. As the number of homes and families off of Highway 46 grows daily, we are here to serve—365 days a year, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CLEAR SPRINGS PRIMARY CARE AND URGENT CARE CENTER 1761 S. State Highway 46, Suite 104 New Braunfels, TX 78130 The new Willow Medical Office Building on Highway 90A is nearing completion. We expect a June opening for as many as eight physician practices. More information is coming soon! COMING SOON: WILLOW MEDICAL OFFICE BUILDING 105 Medical Drive Seguin, TX 78155 Scan this QR code or call our physician referral line at 830.401.7401 for more information about our providers. Seguin Gonzales IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS New Braunfels 5 | GRMC Heal th Currents

Sign up for the Race to Raise! After two years of COVID19-related cancellations, Guadalupe Regional Medical Foundation and the Guadalupe Regional Wellness Center are thrilled to announce the return of our annual Race to Raise Run/Walk on Saturday, April 30! Two events will be held this year, starting at 8:30 a.m.: a 5K for adults and a 1-mile event for kids ages 12 and under. Scan the QR code at right or visit and search for “Race to Raise 2022” for more information. Prizes will be awarded for top overall male and female for the kids’ race and top overall male and female in the 5K in these age groups: 19 and under, 20–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60–69, and 70+. The race starts and finishes at the Seguin Brewing Company and runs through Walnut Springs Trail and Park West. All proceeds will benefit our LifeSaver Grant Program, with a portion designated for the general endowment fund for GRMC. Race to Raise has provided funds for hospital needs over the past five years, including patient transfer stretchers, diabetes education tools, blood bank refrigerators, blanket warmers, rehab department equipment and much more. There are several ways to participate and support this fun, family-friendly outdoor event: • Sign up to walk or run. Entry fees: $35 for adults; $25 for kids’ 1-mile (12 and under); $35 for sleep-in supporters. • Be a sponsor! Each level provides a degree of recognition and marketing for your company/organization. Sponsor rates: $1,500 for Gold; $1,000 for Silver; and $500 for Bronze. • Come cheer on the athletes and enjoy a day of outdoor fun! We’ve got you covered As this edition of Health Currents highlights, GRMC is dedicated to covering the needs of our growing community in various ways. • Our commitment to quality and safety continues to shine through in numerous national awards, confirming that we provide the best of care to our patients and a positive and rewarding work environment for our staff. • Our wide scope of services and providers literally provides head-to-toe medical care, ensuring that our community can rely on comprehensive, personalized care here at home. • Our expanding geographical footprint in the area adds to that convenience by having several medical outposts in our seven-county region, and our ever-expanding facilities and equipment ensure that we remain on the cutting edge of medical care. While all of those achievements are critical to our success, we always remember that the simple but most important element of our mission is to always be kind, respectful and compassionate in every interaction with patients, family members and with each other. Rest assured, we’ve got you covered. Scan to sign up for the Race to Raise Run/Walk on Saturday, April 30. Robert G. Haynes, FACHE, CEO HEALTH CURRENTS is published as a community service for the friends and patrons of GUADALUPE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER, 1215 E. Court St., Seguin, TX 78155, 800.506.6394 or 830.379.2411. Website: Robert G. Haynes, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer Kody Gann, Chief Financial Officer Daphne Blake, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer Sheri Williams, RN, MSN, Chief Operating Officer Fay Bennett, VP of Employee Services Lauren Carter, VP of Physician Services Jennifer Valdez, VP of Revenue Cycle Elaine Bennett, CEO of Guadalupe Regional Medical Foundation Deana Henk, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Guadalupe Health Network Rhonda Unruh, MHA, RN, VP of Quality Tasha Montez, PhD, MA, CCC, SLP, CEO of Guadalupe Regional Medical Group James Lee, MD, GRMC Governing Board Chairman Michelle Rumbaut, GRMC Project Administrator Health Currents Editor: Chelsea Maldonado, Director of Marketing Information in HEALTH CURRENTS comes from a wide range of medical experts. If you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health, please contact your healthcare provider. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. 2022 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.