In celebration of the spirit of holiday giving, the CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System announced Nov. 24 that it has donated land to a fellow regional health care provider to the benefit of the community.
“It is with great pleasure that CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System makes a donation to benefit another regional hospital,” the health care system stated in a news release. “A half-acre lot in Woodville was given to Tyler County Hospital for its future use.”
The property was the site of a clinic owned and operated by CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth until 1999. The building sat vacant and unused for 20 years until it was demolished last year. Leaders from CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System agreed to donate the property to Tyler County Hospital, based on a history of collaborating with the hospital in previous years. The property will be used for a parking lot for Tyler County School of Vocational Nursing, which is one of the entities of the Tyler County Hospital district.
“We are pleased that this property will be useful to Tyler County Hospital and its commitment to educate and train the future generations of health care workers,” said Paul Trevino, President and CEO of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health Care System. “A donation like this proves that our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ expands beyond the walls of our facilities.”
Sondra Williams, RN, MSN, CEN, CEO of Tyler County Hospital says the growth of the LVN School brings the need for additional parking. The school, which was established in 1960, had class sizes of five to six students in its early years. Today, Williams says the school takes up to 72 students. To date, more than 1,300 licensed vocational nurses have graduated from the program.
“The graduates of the program are known by the surrounding medical community to be thoroughly trained upon graduation. Additionally, many of the graduates will continue their education and take the foundation that the LVN program gives them to impact the lives of many,” Williams said. “We are grateful to have been considered by the CHRISTUS organization for this generous gift and are pleased to use it in an area that has helped provide quality nurses to not just our community but others as well for the last 60 years.”
The land donation was completed in September. More information on the Tyler County School of Vocational Nursing can be found at www.tchospital.us/about/vocational-nursing-program.