Impact Our People, Places and Mission
You’re an Ascension Seton associate — a member of a special, talented group of people who understand what it means to truly care for people. It’s your mission — and it’s the mission of Seton Cares, too. When you participate in Seton Cares, our annual associate giving campaign, you’re taking care of people in so many ways, including:
- Providing clothes for a patient who needs them
- Offering check-ups for children who visit our mobile Care-a-Vans
- Helping coworkers pay for nursing school
- Lending a helping hand to colleagues who’ve fallen on hard times
Your donation — of any size — makes it possible to care for even more people throughout our communities — and within our own family of associates.
IN THE PAST 8 YEARS, ASCENSION SETON ASSOCIATES HAVE MADE A
IMPACT THROUGH SETON CARES!
What You’ve Helped
CHARITY CARE – NETWORK
Helps pay for healthcare for people who can’t afford the care they need.
Furthering Our Mission: Charity Care is at the heart of Ascension Seton’s mission to care for the poor and vulnerable.
How It Helps: Mark is a homeless man in Austin and, on most days, you can find him standing on his corner. Being exposed to the elements has taken a toll on Mark’s health. He has several chronic health conditions that periodically require attention in an Emergency Room. He has been to several in our area. He recently shared that in his experience, the homeless are often treated as “invisible” as though they don’t exist. He is quick to point out though, that at Ascension Seton hospitals, he feels not only taken care of in the medical sense, but also cared about and cared for as a person. As Mark says, at Ascension Seton he feels a sense of dignity, that he is important, and that he matters.
EMERGENCY RELIEF ENDOWMENT
Provides emergency financial assistance to patients or Ascension Seton associates in financial need.
Furthering Our Mission: Ascension Seton is more than a health system, we are a health ministry. The ERF furthers our ability to sustain and improve the health of our patients and associates while advocating for a compassionate society.
How It Helps: Recently, an Ascension Seton associate suffered a great loss of a parent and needed assistance to attend the services in another country. The ERF helped with some utility bills, so that they were able to make the needed arrangements to support their family during that difficult time.
The ERF also assists complex needs outpatients that have medical equipment requiring access to a power source but found themselves in situations where the power was going to be disconnected. The ERF paid these patients’ electric bills helping prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and worsening of the patients’ conditions.
Fund grant requests for equipment or program needs voted on annually by Seton Circle members at sites with a Seton Circle.
Furthering Our Mission: Little things add up to make a big difference. These grants help fund important programs and equipment that, when added together, further Ascension Seton’s ability to provide spiritually centered holistic care.
How It Helps: Equipment and programs funded in 2018
- Ascension Seton Williamson: Veterans Memorial Garden, Honor the Red, White and Blue program, End of Life Compassion Cart, 2 Vein Finders
- Ascension Seton Highland Lakes: Safe Handling Convertible Chair, Disposable Intubating Tubes
- Ascension Seton Northwest- Bili Blanket for NICU, Memories of the Ones We Lost program, Self-Locking Medication Drawers
INNOVATION, RESEARCH, AND TECHNOLOGY AT DELL SETON MEDICAL CENTER
Focuses on the application of innovative medical processes and products that deliver person-centered care by partnering with our visionary physicians, nurses and professionals who are integrating education, innovation, research, and technology with clinical capabilities in strategic high impact areas.
Furthering Our Mission: As good stewards of the mission entrusted to us, Ascension Seton is dedicated to taking big steps to improve the care we provide to everyone who walks in our doors, regardless of ability to pay.
SETON NURSE SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT
Provides scholarships to Ascension Seton associates to advance or pursue a career in nursing.
Furthering Our Mission: By providing nursing scholarships, we are supporting associates furthering their education while creating a strong nursing force to improve the health of Central Texans.
How We Helps: Since 2005, 501 scholarships totaling $1.7 million have been given out through the Seton Nurse Scholarship program.
Grecia Morris is currently a patient care technician at Ascension Seton Hays and is working toward an Associate Degree in Nursing with help from a scholarship. When she graduates in 2020, Grecia will be the first in her family to earn a college degree. Being a daughter of immigrants and a young mom, Grecia has faced many challenges in life but is determined to show her children that, “Even when the world tells you ‘No’, you can do anything your put your mind to.”
FAMILY FUND AT DELL CHILDREN’S
Ensures direct and immediate funds to provide comfort items for families at Dell Children’s as well as provisions for children and families experiencing financial hardship.
Furthering Our Mission: A family with a sick child is uniquely vulnerable. The Family Fund at Dell Children’s allows us to serve the patient and family by providing comfort in their most vulnerable time.
How It Helps: A 2-month-old patient was admitted to the Dell Children’s PICU with pneumonia and respiratory failure. The father is the primary bread winner, but his work was interrupted due to time at the bedside. The family has six other children for whom the mother cares—three in school, and three not in school. The Family Fund was able to cover one month’s car payment to relieve their financial burden.
SETON EDGAR B DAVIS CHILDREN’S CARE-A-VAN
Offers healthcare to children who are underserved and uninsured in the communities of Caldwell County.
Furthering Our Mission: Underserved and uninsured children in need of rural healthcare are one of the most vulnerable populations in Central Texas and Ascension Seton is proud to provide them accessible care.
How It Helps: Since it was established, the Children’s Care-A-Van has served 22,500 children from our community.
- FY 2018: 2,053 clinic visits, 1,385 immunizations, 1900 patients of which almost half had no insurance
- The ONLY healthcare provider in Caldwell County that accepts Medicaid and CHIP, and provides services to those with no insurance coverage.
- Uninsured patients never pay more than $20 and all medicine and on-site laboratory tests are provided free of charge.
- 85% of patients say it is their primary care provider.
PATIENT CLOTHING CLOSET AT SETON SHOAL CREEK
Provides necessities like sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts, slip on shoes, undergarments, and shorts for patients who need them.
Furthering Our Mission: Mental illness and poverty go hand-in-hand. Helping clothe patients not only supports their care, but offers compassion and justice for those often neglected in society.
How It Helps: From February to mid-June of 2019, 486 articles of clothing were given away to 119 patients.
A young patient came into Ascension Seton Shoal Creek and had nothing to wear but our blue paper scrubs. The patient was very self-conscious and shy, wanting to isolate to their room. Justin Wilder, an admission’s nurse, was able to get some sweats from the Patient Clothing Closet the next day. The patient brightened up immediately and started coming out of their room to attend groups and interact with peers.
Why I Give
Rosa Montemayor, Financial Counselor
I give to the Seton Cares campaign because I have been there when my children where small and I received help when I needed it the most. You know a door may close, but through giving back another one opens up to benefit others in need.
Lorrie Kirby, Clinic Manager
I strongly believe in our mission to commit ourselves to serving all persons. I believe Seton Cares supports this commitment in exciting programs like the Nurse Scholarship Endowment and facility Seton Circle grants. Donation is a gift that both small or large can make a difference.
Kristi Haskins, Community Outreach
I participate in Seton Cares because I see the difference these funds make in purchasing much needed equipment, providing better care for our patients, funding various programs to assist our community, and keeping our associates involved in the well-being of our hospital community.
Heather Hill, CNO
I have worked with Seton for 23 years (SMCW for 11), and have been contributing to Seton Cares for as long as it has existed. It is effortless way for me to give back to the community, the patients, and the associates. I give because I believe in our mission and in the type of care we provide, but it is not always easy to get special projects funded like nursing scholarships, the Emergency Assistance Program, and our Healing Garden. Projects like these can make the difference in people’s lives not only today, but in their future as well. It makes me feel good to have contributed to these and so many other important projects. I encourage people to participate in Seton Cares if they can as you never know when one of these projects will help you or your patients in a time of need.
Patricia Gagnon, Nurse
I have been involved in Seton Cares for about the last 8 years because I believe in the Seton Mission to give back when you can. I give through Seton Cares to help anyone and everyone. I have seen vein finders purchased to help with difficult IVs, SMCW’s great veterans program and the reinvention of the labyrinth walk. It is important for staff to have a voice and when they give to Seton Cares their voice will be heard.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS SETON CARES?
Seton Cares is our annual associate giving campaign, which takes place from Oct. 29 through Nov. 9, 2018. When you participate in Seton Cares, you cultivate and grow a culture of generosity within our Seton family. While you are always welcome to make a gift to Seton, Seton Cares is your only opportunity to give via payroll deduction. Impacting the Seton programs you care about the most has never been easier!
IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes, to the extent allowed by the law.
CAN I SUPPORT MULTIPLE FUNDS?
Yes! To support multiple funds during Seton Cares, please complete a separate online form for each fund.
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT I GAVE IN YEARS PAST?
Please contact Sam Regonini at (512) 324-5903.
WHO BENEFITS FROM DONATIONS?
When you make a Seton Cares donation, not only are you providing care for people in the communities we serve, you’re also lending a hand to your colleagues. Donations can support a nurse scholarship endowment, build even better facilities that will transform care, assist our most vulnerable neighbors when they need it most during times of hardship, and so much more. Please view our Fund Descriptions for a complete list of giving options that you can support through Seton Cares.
WHAT ARE THE PAYROLL DEDUCTION DATES FOR THE 2019 CALENDAR YEAR?
Payroll deductions will begin on January 31, 2019 and last 20 pay periods, till October 31, 2019.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM DONATION AMOUNT?
A $2 minimum is required for payroll deductions. There is no minimum amount for credit card donations.
HOW DO I DONATE?
Payroll and credit card donations can be made online during the Seton Cares campaign.
CAN ASCENSION ASSOCIATES, VENDORS, VOLUNTEERS OR NON-ASSOCIATES MAKE SETON CARES DONATIONS?
Yes! Anyone can make a Seton Cares donation through a credit card (one-time or recurring) or a cash/check donation.
Please note: At this time, we are not able to offer payroll deduction for anyone except Ascension/Seton associates.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT A FUND NOT LISTED FOR SETON CARES?
Please visit supportseton.org/donate and give through the appropriate foundation. Unfortunately, gifts to funds not listed for Seton Cares cannot be set up through payroll deduction.