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CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital News Release 5/15/2023

Sulphur Springs, Texas, May 15, 2023 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs has ONE mission: To Extend the Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ.

Associate of the Year Award

For the last three years, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital- Sulphur Springs has nominated an Associate of the Year to be recognized for exhibiting the CHRISTUS Core Values: Dignity, Integrity, Excellence, Compassion, and Stewardship. This year’s nominee is Stephanie Taylor, Patient Access Representative. Her warm presence truly represents the CHRISTUS mission. We are blessed to have Stephanie on our team. Her name will be added to the plaque in the front of the hospital. Congratulations, Stephanie!

Nursing Excellence Awards

Each year during National Nurses’ week, we announce winners of Nursing Excellence Awards. Nurses are recognized in different categories for demonstrating outstanding quality and safety of patient care, superior nursing, clinical skills and extraordinary compassion. From a large pool of nominees, our 2023 Nursing Excellence Award winners are listed below. Congratulations!

  • Hospital Nurse of Year        Robyn Halcomb
  • Nursing Spirit                     Stuart Cody
  • Nursing Spirit                     Crystal Matthews
  • Preceptor of Year             Brandy Dorner
  • Preceptor of Year             Ashley Ross
  • Advancing/Leading         Maralee Lewis
  • Excellence                           Nancy McIllwain
  • Excellence                           Rita Newton
  • Clinical Care                       Devyn Brannon
  • Charge Nurse                     Jeff Grissom
  • Charge Nurse                     Katie Harrington
  • Rookie of Year                   Hannah Van Vleet

New Service- Eye Surgeries

We are excited to announce that Ophthalmologist, Kara Hartl, MD FACS, will be performing eye procedures such as cataract removals, macular degeneration surgery, etc. at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital-Sulphur Springs. Educated at Harvard University and University of California-San Diego Medical School, trained at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Dr. Harl is well equipped to provide excellent care to patients here in Sulphur Springs. Talk with your Ophthalmologist about scheduling your eye procedures with Dr. Hartl. For more information, call 903.885.7671 Ext.2844.

June Blood Drives

Carter BloodCare Bus will be on CHRISTUS campus in front of our 113 Airport Rd Building for blood donations on three different days in June: Friday, June 2, from 9am to 2pm, Saturday, June 3, from 9am to 1pm, and Wednesday, June 7, from 9am to 2pm. You may drop in, or schedule an appointment at 1-800-366-2834 or online at

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Author: Ethan Klein

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