“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
— Philippians 4:19
It’s natural for “all your needs” to focus on the body when you or a loved one is sick.
As we celebrate 100 years of extending healing to Lubbock and the South Plains, we never lose focus of extending that healing to the mind and spirit.
When our predecessor, the Lubbock Sanitarium, opened in 1918, faith was present — even if there wasn’t the church connection we saw later in our history.
But in the 1930s, Plains Hospital became St. Mary of the Plains and in 1954, Lubbock Memorial Hospital became Methodist Hospital. Our Catholic and Methodist roots made focusing on the spirit a natural extension of our medical care.
During Covenant Health’s yearlong centennial celebration that just began, we honor those spiritual touchstones and are proud of being the only faith-based health system in the region.
That’s shown in many ways:
■ Our caregivers routinely pray with patients and families when requested.
■ A Bible in our board room under a painting of Jesus and wooden crosses carved by Sister Martha gracing the walls of various departments and treatment areas.
■ Retired Methodist and Covenant nurse Mozelle Wilson telling touching stories of how she sang praise songs to comfort patients and prayed with them.
■ Our wonderful relationship with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, many of whom came to love living in Lubbock.
■ Our continuing relationship with the leadership of Methodist and Catholic faith traditions, other area denominations and spiritual care teams of all faiths who minister to patients and families every day at our facilities.
■ Formation opportunities for our caregivers which help them provide great care to patients as they experience personal and profession transformation.
This sets us apart — recognition that for all the skilled caregivers we have, we understand there is a higher power and we invoke it every day.
We’re also proud of a long list of doctors, nurses and other caregivers who have saved and improved lives.
It started with doctors Hutchinson, Krueger and Overton, who created the hospital that became Methodist Hospital and doctors Arnett, Key and Malone, who created the hospital that became St. Mary of the Plains.
But countless others made their mark and many of them became your doctors, friends and neighbors.
Then there’s the community.
We’ve had multiple generations of the same families serve on our boards, volunteer in our hospitals, work in our ministry and generously donate.
Community leadership was front and center when Methodist and St. Mary merged almost 20 years ago to create Covenant Health. Those leaders helped finish the process when it looked as if it would not happen numerous times.
The community is stepping up again through our Keeping the Covenant campaign.
We’ve raised more than $20 million in philanthropic support toward our $25 million public portion of the $450 million systemwide project to renovate our facilities and build new clinics to serve the community close to where they live.
I’m so proud our own employees have raised more than $1 million toward that goal.
We’re proud of our long and rich history serving this region.
I know you are too — it’s also your history.
I hope you saw the first of our 13 pages telling that history published in the Dec. 17 Avalanche-Journal. The next one will be a week from today.
There’s a lot to celebrate from the previous 100 years — but what’s even more exciting is how we’ll keep our Covenant with you the next 100 years.
Richard Parks is president/CEO of Covenant Health.