Nearly 120 Local Families Receive Trees at 10th Annual Christmas Tree Giveaway
Methodist Healthcare Ministries and Methodist Healthcare System continue annual tradition to donate trees decorated by staff
San Antonio (Dec. 6, 2022) â Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. partnered with Methodist Healthcare for the tenth consecutive year to donate nearly 120 decorated Christmas trees to underserved families in San Antonio. As part of their annual holiday celebrations, several departments of Methodist Hospital, Methodist Childrenâs Hospital, Methodist Hospital | Texsan and Methodist Hospital | Metropolitan participate in a tree decorating contest. Following the competition, the trees, along with 64 wreaths decorated by departments at Methodist Hospital | Specialty and Transplant and Methodist Hospital | Stone Oak, are given to families in need served by Methodist Healthcare Ministries.
âHaving an opportunity to spread some Christmas joy to families in need continues to bring incredible pride and joy to our team members who work tirelessly every day to help support resilient families across the communities we serveâ said Jaime Wesolowski, President & CEO at Methodist Healthcare Ministries. âThis annual tradition between our organization and Methodist Healthcare hospitals that participate further supports our shared mission of âServing Humanity to Honor Godâ and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share the Christmas spirit and holiday cheer with our community.â
This year, the San Antonio Spurs partnered with Methodist Healthcare to help spread even more holiday cheer as players Doug McDermott and Isaiah Roby, Spurs Coyote and Spurs Hype Squad will be on hand to greet families and help load up the Christmas trees.
The families receiving Christmas trees are selected from Methodist Healthcare Ministriesâ existing patients and clients who receive care through its Parenting Programs, Recreation & Enrichment services, Behavioral Health and the Wesley Nurse program. This year, a Winter Wonderland will be created inside the Wesley Health & Wellness Center for the families to enjoy while waiting to pick out their tree.
About Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is a private, faith-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating access to health care for the uninsured through direct services, community partnerships and strategic grant-making in 74 counties across South Texas. Guided by its mission of "Serving Humanity to Honor God," Methodist Healthcare Ministriesâ vision is to be the leader for improving wellness of the least served. The mission also includes Methodist Healthcare Ministries' one-half ownership of the Methodist Healthcare System, the largest healthcare system in South Texas, which creates a unique avenue to ensure that it continues to be a benefit to the community by providing quality care to all and charitable care when needed. For more information, visit www.mhm.org.
About Methodist Healthcare
Methodist Healthcare is a 50-50 co-ownership between Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., South Texasâ largest non-public funding source of community health care for uninsured patients; and HCA Healthcare, the nationâs leading provider of healthcare services. This creates a unique partnership that ensures Methodist Healthcare Ministries continues to benefit the community by providing quality care to all and charitable care when needed. Methodist Healthcare invested $756 million in charity and indigent care to the community in 2020 alone. With 30 facilities, including nine hospitals and eight freestanding emergency departments, over 685,000 inpatients and outpatients are served annually. The Methodist Healthcare team is comprised of 12,500, making the system the second largest private employer in San Antonio. With more than 3,400 credentialed physicians, Methodist Healthcare provides the largest array of medical services in the region, including neurosurgery, cardiovascular services, oncology and womenâs services. And with 25 surgical robots, Methodist Healthcare is a national leader in robotic surgery, as well as home to the nationâs largest Live Donor Kidney Transplant program. Visit SAHealth.com to learn more.