At the Seton Family of Hospitals, we often describe the pursuit of our Mission by quantifying. We talk in numbers: the number of dollars to charity care and community benefits, the number of hospital beds added, the number of new residents, the number of uninsured. These numbers are not only necessary, they are also vital. They serve as our roadmap.
But how do we put a value on love? Can numbers and dollars define the human spirit? A warm smile, a steady gaze, a healing touch – how shall we measure these moments? A nurse knows.
Our Seton nurses live in a dual world. You communicate to the healthcare team the necessary numbers … but your art with patients is based on a healing touch and on a caring love. As a Daughter of Charity, I am awed by the commitment, the sheer stamina and, most of all, the love offered by our nurses. Our Mission – “To Provide Healthcare that Works, Healthcare that Is Safe and Healthcare that Leaves No One Behind” – demands both the rigor of science and the devotion of love. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t hear a story or witness firsthand the love and compassion that you show to our patients.
The Daughters of Charity, who came to serve the people of Central Texas at the beginning of the 20th century, faced unique challenges. Today, at the beginning of the 21st century, we have new challenges … but our unwavering commitment to the Mission remains the same.
Thank you, on behalf of the Daughters of Charity and the Seton Family of Hospitals Board of Trustees, for your continued commitment to the ministry of nursing.
Sister Helen Brewer, Daughter of Charity,
Chair, Seton Family of Hospitals Board of Trustees