You are on page 1of 8

Seton Fund


fall 2011

, is congratulated by Allen and Mimi Smith. Nurse Scholarship Recipient Maria Roman, center

StorieS of healing and hope from the Seton fund

i Without your generous donations, school would not be possible for a lot of students, myself included.

Thomas Bofferding, rn
recipient of a 2011 Seton nurse Scholarship

f you have ever spent time in a hospital, you likely remember your nurse. Did he or she make you more comfortable? Less frightened? Did your nurse take care not only of your physical, but your emotional needs? Thats what nurses do and so much more. Like you, Seton nurses have dreamsfor themselves and their families. The Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment program was established in 2005 to help Seton associates achieve these dreams by continuing their education. Whether an associate is starting a degree program or working toward their doctorate, you and other donors to the Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment make it possible for Seton nurses to dream big and provide excellent care to you and your family. Just ask 2011 scholarship recipient Maria Roman. When Maria, a clinical assistant at Seton, graduates from nursing school, she will not only achieve her dream of becoming a nurse, she will be the first in her family to earn a college degree. The daughter of migrant workers and the oldest of 10, Maria wants to help her sisters and brothers. When I graduate and start my career, Ill be able to help my younger siblings achieve their own educational goals, she said. She

thanks to you, we are fulfilling dreams through the seton nurse scholarship endowment
couldnt have done it without you. Because of your generosity, The Seton Fund has awarded 125 scholarships worth $245,000 since 2006. In September, we announced 20 scholarship recipients for 2011an amazing group of women and men with big dreams and even bigger hearts. This years scholarship recipients share a passion for healing and a steadfast commitment to Setons mission.
young at heart

We Need Your Help to Reach the Goal

Im eligible for retirement in six years, but I love my work and will retire only when I can no longer work, says Arlene Dettman, RN, a 2011 scholarship recipient. Arlene is a nurse educator at the Clinical Education Center at University Medical Center Brackenridge and a family nurse practitioner at Setons McCarthy and Lockhart clinics. She is studying for her doctorate of nursing practice. Active in state and local legislative organizations, Arlene is a true asset to the Seton Healthcare Family.
living the american dream

Monica Soliz Rodriguez left a successful career in the financial industry to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse to serve the sick and poor. I am a better friend, mother,
continues on page 5

l e t t e r
the seton fund board of trustees 20112012
Allan Shivers, Jr. chair man JoLynn Free s e c r e ta ry Dan Herd vice chair man Andrew C. Elliott Jr. treasurer Ken Gladish, PhD president Charley Scarborough exe c ut ive d i re c to r Robert E. Askew, m.d. Charles Barnett Sister Helen Brewer, d.c. Donna Carter Sister Mary Anne Digenan, d.c. Sister Nannette Gentile, d.c. Pam Giblin Brad Hummel Sister Gertrude Levy, d.c. Lew N. Little Jr. Joe R. Long Mike Maples Greg Meserole Patrick Oles Andrew C. Reifsnyder, m.d. Sam S. Roberts, III, m.d., Trey Salinas John Sharp Clint Small Timothy C. Taylor Judy Trabulsi Ben Vaughan Mike Vollman Chris Von Dohlen

f r o m

t h e

c h a i r m a n

Why Your Support Matters

Its a statistic that you and I dont like, but one we cant afford to ignore. More than 1 out of 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The Texas Cancer Registry estimates that more than 1,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties. You may or may not know that although breast cancer patients in Central Texas have access to excellent physicians, medical care and support services, many still travel outside the region for treatment. Those who cant travel often struggle with a disjointed patchwork of care and limited support options. That will change when the Breast Cancer Center at Seton Medical Austin opens its doors in 2013. The new center will provide comprehensive breast cancer carebringing together advanced technology and treatments with personal attention by trained breast cancer survivor patient navigators. The center will also offer life-saving state-of-the-art perventive screenings. In September, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation donated $1 million to the campaign for the Breast Cancer Center. This is a wonderful gift for a most worthy cause and we are grateful. Michael and Susan Dellas a family and through their foundationare extraordinarily generous to the citizens of our region and to important causes around the world. I invite you to join your friends at Seton on this journey as we improve breast cancer care for the women of Central Texas and those who love them. Your donation, no matter the size, will take us one step closer to making this exciting vision a reality.

life trustees
Mary Anderson Abell Sister Beatrice Broussard, d.c., Life Member Emeritus Jim H. Calhoon, m.d., Life Member Emeritus Carolyn Curtis Charmaine Denius Luci Baines Johnson Bishop John McCarthy

c ommunity volunteer leadership

Pete Winstead, Chair b r acke n r i d ge d eve lo p m e n t c o u n c i l Jennifer Campbell, President e l i z a b e t h a n n s e t o n b oa r d Mariette Wroe, President s e t o n d e v e l o p m e n t b oa r d Martha Small Dyess, Chair t h e s e t o n f o ru m

Allan Shivers, Jr.

In September, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation donated $1 million to the campaign for the Breast Cancer Center. This is a wonderful gift for a most worthy cause and we are grateful. Michael and Susan Dellas a family and through their foundationare extraordinarily generous to the citizens of our region and to important causes around the world.

The Seton Fund supports the Daughters of Charity healthcare mission in Central Texas by raising funds for these Seton facilities: Seton Medical Center Austin, University Medical Center Brackenridge, Seton Highland Lakes Hospital, Seton Southwest Hospital, Seton Northwest Hospital, Seton Shoal Creek Hospital, Seton Kozmetsky Community Health Center, Seton McCarthy Community Health Center and Seton Topfer Community Health Center, Seton League House and Seton Cove.

fa l l 2 0 1 1

The Best Care for YouCloser to Home

join us on this journey. make a gift. change a life
entral Texas is home to thousands of breast cancer survivors. Put a group of these amazing women in a room and you are sure to hear some inspiring stories: about fear and uncertainty, but also hope and triumph. One thing most survivors will agree on is the importance of support during the breast cancer journey. From the time of diagnosis through treatment and recovery, breast cancer patients are faced with one physical and emotional challenge after another. For poor and underserved Central Texans, the challenges are even more difficult to navigate. Breast Cancer survivors are helping lead the charge to develop the new Breast Cancer Center at Seton Medical Center Austin. The goal: to provide the people of Central Texas with the best available breast cancer treatment, closer to home, in a warm, nurturing environment. Not only will the new Breast Cancer Center provide women with the most advanced technology and treatment options available, it will match each and every patient with a trained breast cancer survivor patient navigator to guide the patient through the entire continuum of care, every step of the way. The new center will open in 2013 at Seton Medical Center Austin. In addition to providing diagnosis and treatment, staff at the center will promote education and screening. This need is especially great in rural areas and in the Hispanic and AfricanAmerican Communities. The latest data show, for example, that 36 percent of Travis County women over 40 had not had a screening mammogram in the past 12 months. The number is even higher in Bastrop (38 percent)

and Caldwell (42 percent) Counties.

why seton medical center austin ?

Seton Medical Center Austin is the natural choice to locate the Seton Breast Cancer Center. Seton Medical Center Austin serves more breast cancer patients than any other Central Texas hospital and houses the regions only dedicated inpatient cancer unit. Whats more, Seton Medical Center Austin has more oncology certified nurses than any other hospital system in the region. It is one of four Seton hospitals to receive Magnet Designation from the American Nurses Association, the gold standard for nursing care earned by fewer than 5 percent of United States hospitals.
join us on the journey

The Seton Fund, in partnership with philanthropic leaders across the community, has committed to raise the funds needed to make the Seton Breast Cancer Center a reality for Central Texas women and the people that love them. Please join us on this journey. Make a gift. Change a life.

Seton Medical Center Austin serves more breast cancer patients than any other Central Texas hospital and houses the regions only dedicated inpatient cancer unit.

t h e s e to n f u n d n e w s l e t t e r w w w. s e t o n f u n d.o r g

When you attend a fundraising event, you support Setons mission while also having a great time. This year, sponsors and guests at the many Seton Fund events have donated almost $1.5 million for facilities, programs and special initiatives. Thank you! Visit to learn more about upcoming fundraising events and ways that you can support Seton in your community.

Look What You Did!

Presented by the Brackenridge Development Council Benefiting academic research at University Medical Center Brackenridge ToTal neT raiSed $215,000

Presented by the Seton Development Board Benefiting the Breast Cancer Center at Seton Medical Center Austin, the Sister Gertrude Levy Endowment for the Community Health Centers and the Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment ToTal neT raiSed $510,000 gala co - chairs Susan Lubin and Marcia Levy
special thanks to

The Pink Ball

Discover. Teach. Heal. Prosper

Four Seasons Hotel Austin H-E-B Austin Radiological Association Mary Ann and Andrew Heller Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation Ralph Lauren Corporation Mark and Vicki Eidman in honor of Vesta Eidman A Friend in honor of Susan Lubin Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. The Nelson Puett Foundation The Ryan Foundation

Doug English, Founder, Lone Star Paralysis Foundation special thanks to Lone Star Paralysis Foundation Unique Pharmaceuticals Dan and Sally Volney

Presented by the Horseshoe Bay Associates of the Seton Development Board Benefiting the purchase of a Pulmonary Plethysmograph ToTal neT raiSed $80,892 gala co - chairs Geneva Dalton, Chair Patty Gillean and Michele Shackelford, Co-Chairs
special thanks to

Run For The Roses

Geneva and Roger Dalton Donna and Woody McCasland

Presented by the Elizabeth Ann Seton Board Benefiting the Seton Community Health Centers and the Sister Gertrude Levy Endowment ToTal neT raiSed $406,660 gala co - chairs Katherine Jones and Pace Lossen
special thanks to

Evening Under the Stars Deep in the Heart of Austin

Presented by the Highland Lakes Associates of the Seton Development Board Benefiting the Seton Highland Lakes Kids Care-A-Van ToTal neT raiSed $208,429 co - chairs Ken and Beverly Graham, Event Co-Chairs Wynn Floyd, Tailgate Party Chair Gary Wideman, Golf Tournament Chair
special thanks to

Emory Bellard-Spike Dykes Kids Care-A-Van Golf Classic



Presented by the Lakeway Associates of the Seton Development Board Benefiting special programs and equipment at Seton Shoal Creek Hospital ToTal neT raiSed $42,000 co - chairs Kim Nearburg and Sharron January
special thanks to

Splendor On the Waterfront

Kilgo Consulting, Inc. Ray and Margaret Kilgo Gil Boyd and Gretchen Nearburg

Highland Lakes Health Fund Hill Country Community Foundation Donna and Woody McCasland

featuring legendary local athletes

Annual Goala

ToTal neT raiSed $34,000

Chaparral Foundation Dunaway Public Relations Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Horizon Bank Capitol Anesthesiology Association Laure and Jim Bob Moffett Pitch Productions and Proof, Inc. Royalty Clearinghouse OJ and Ann Weber Family

fa l l 2 0 1 1

Benefiting the Sister Jean Wesselman Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Endowment and special projects at Seton Southwest Hospital as designated by the Seton Fund Board of Trustees
special thanks to

Longhorn Health Solutions, Inc. Conley Sports, Inc.

Seton Healthcare Family Chief Nursing Officer Joyce Batcheller poses with the 2011 Seton Nurse Scholarship recipients. Standing from left to right are Vicki Batson, Maricelle Thornton, Mary Godfrey, Stephanie Morris, Lorrie Kirby, Monica Rodriguez, Joyce Batcheller, Maria Roman, Arlene Dettmann, Nancy Hermes, Thomas Bofferding, Stan Lundrigan, Dawn Williams, Elizabeth Bustamante. Seated are Lisa Dugger, Kimberly Tarla, Miranda Olivares, Gordana Anusic and Isaias Cerrito. Not pictured are Valerie Calaway and Sandra Sigala.

wife, sister and daughter because of Setons mission and values, she says. Monica is studying for her associates degree in nursing at Austin Community College while working as a clinical assistant at Seton Medical Center Austin. Once Monica earns her associates degree, she plans to continue studying for her bachelors and masters degrees.
turning pain into hope

continued from cover

Make a Difference in the Life of a NurseToday!

The Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment was established in 2005. The goal is to create a $5 million endowment so that generations of nurses will continue their education and fulfill their dreams. We are just $300,000 shy of reaching our fundraising goal. There is no better time for you to make a donation. When you give to the Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment, you will help ensure that generations of Central Texans continue to receive excellent nursing care by the best trained nurses. Donate today online at www. or in the envelope provided with this newsletter.
Almost There!
5 Million

reer change and return to school to become a nurse diabetes educator, Lisa says. Years later, Lisas older daughter was also diagnosed with diabetes. Lisa is seeking her master of science in nursing degree. Having two children with Type 1 diabetes drives Lisas passion to ensure that every patient who enters a Seton hospital gets the very best and safest diabetes care possible, says her manager, Becky Goldsmith.
above and beyond the call of duty

Lorrie Kirby, RN, enrolled in nursing school a few months after losing her infant daughter to Gaucher disease, a rare genetic condition. The experience of losing a child influenced my personal philosophy of nursing and my approach to relationship-based care. Nursing is not only knowledge and skill, but service to the human spirit, she says. Lorrie is the mother of three young children and her familys sole provider. She is an intensive care unit clinical manager at Seton Highland Lakes Hospital in Burnet and is studying for her bachelor of science in nursing. Scholarship recipient, Lisa Dugger, RN, is well-known at Seton for her groundbreaking work as the networks lead diabetes educator. When Lisas son was seven, he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. I decided to undertake a mid-life ca-

4 Million

When his patient couldnt afford a prescription that needed to be filled prior to being released from the hospital, Thomas Bofferding, RN, simply paid for the medicine out of his own pocket. My mother is a nurse and is a daily reminder of how I need to be a better person for this world, he says. A nurse at University Medical Center Brackenridge for the past five years, Thomas is studying for his master of science in nursing. His goal is to become a clinical manager. Thomas and his wife recently welcomed their first child so the scholarship couldnt come at a better time. Without the generous gifts of scholarships and loans, school would not be possible for a lot of students, myself included, says Thomas.

3 Million

2 Million

1 Million

t h e s e to n f u n d n e w s l e t t e r w w w. s e t o n f u n d.o r g

Setons Emergency Medicine Residency Program Receives $2 Million from Emergency Service Partners
Seton has made a huge commitment to expanding medical education in the region. With this gift, we wanted to step up as a physician group, says Dr. Sam Roberts, founding partner at ESP. The program will offer clinical training for six to eight new physicians each year beginning in 2012. Emergency Service Partners (ESP) is the emergency medicine physician group serving the Seton Healthcare Family. In fall 2009, Seton began collaboration with UT Southwestern Medical Center to increase the number of medical residents training in Austin. Seton hopes to increase the number of physicians in the area. Studies show that physicians usually practice in the region where they do their residency. Residents also help expand access to health care among the underserved by treating indigent patients under the supervision of an attending physician.

Make Your Will Known

ts a rare opportunity to give a gift that lasts beyond your lifetime to care for others and to offer hope to those yet to be born. A gift through your will or estate plan is a simple way to make a significant and lasting gift to the Seton Family of Hospitals. If you would like more information on estate planning or need sample language for making a charitable bequest, please contact Bryan Rubio, senior director of development at (512) 324-3302 or If you have already put Seton in your estate plans or IRA, or listed Seton as an insurance beneficiary, please let us know. We would love to acknowledge your gift appropriately.

To give To SeTon Through your Will, pleaSe include ThiS language:

i hereby direct $


percent of my residual estate) in cash, securities, [purpose].

or other property to the Seton fund. this gift shall be for the further benefit of [facility or program] and shall be used to

Seton Fund Mourns Loss of Sister Beatrice

Sister Beatrice Broussard, D.C., longtime member of The Seton Fund Board of Trustees, died July 9, 2011, at the Seton Residence in Evansville, Indiana. She joined the Daughters in 1952. Her first assignment was in Los Angeles. She later served in St. Louis; Tainan, Taiwan; and Donaldsonville, Louisiana. In 1980, Sister Bea was missioned to Austin, where she served at Marywood. She left Austin briefly for New Orleans, and then Perryville, Mo. Sister Bea returned to Austin in 1985 and served in different ministries at Holy Cross Hospital, D.C. Health Services and Seton Medical Center Austin. She also worked at Seton League House, Childrens Hospital and Seton Northwest Hospital. In August 2010, Sister Beatrice was missioned to Evansville in the ministry of prayer.

Seton Receives $1 million Seed Grant from Cain Foundation

Based in Austin, the Cain Foundation has been a trailblazer in promoting medical research at the states leading medical centers and academic institutions. We are pleased to provide start-up funding for the executive director position at the new Seton/UT Southwestern Clinical Research Institute, says Frank Denius, president of the Cain Foundation. The new executive director is Dr. Steven Warach, a neurologist and senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health. He will begin his duties on Dec. 5. The Seton Family and UT Southwestern Medical Center have been working together for almost two years to build Austins medical education and research infrastructurewith expanded residency programs and research initiatives. Charles Barnett, FACHE, president/CEO of the Seton Family of Hospitals, welcomes the endowment. Our mission challenges us to seek out new and better ways to practice medicine. The new Center is a critical part of our efforts to meet this challenge. The generous gift from the Cain Foundation will help ensure that we have as our executive director the kind of talented and visionary individual that this position requires.

mark your calendarS

Friday, December 2, 2011 Hard Candy Christmas Holiday Bazaar hosted by Seton Southwest Hospital Volunteers. Ring in the holidays! Benefiting Seton Southwest Hospital. The event will be held at Seton Southwest Hospital. Contact Della Needham, (512) 324-9039 or Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Annual Gala Luncheon Celebrating University Medical Center Brackenridge Presented by the Brackenridge Development Council. Benefiting research and complex care technology at UMCB. For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Chris Attal at (512) 324-7326 or cattal@ Saturday, April 21, 2012 Evening Under the Stars Annual Gala Presented by the Elizabeth Ann Seton Board Benefiting the Seton Community Health Centers and the Sister Gertrude Levy Endowment at WAYAthe West Austin Youth Association. For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Julie H. Biggart at (512) 324-3275 or

fa l l 2 0 1 1

Generous Gifts Benefit the seton family of hospitals

Coaches Emory Bellard and Spike Dykes outside the Care-A-Van.

emory Bellarda friend to Highland Lakes Kids

Emory Bellard was a true Texas legend. For seven years, he provided support for the Seton Kids Care-A-Van at Seton Highland Lakes Hospital. He passed away February 10. In 2004, Bellard and fellow SWC coach Spike Dykes joined together to host the Emory Bellard-Spike Dykes Golf Tournament and Tailgate Party. Since that first celebration, they helped raise more than $1.4 million for the van, which provides healthcare services for under- and uninsured children in the Highland Lakes area, from birth through 18. Coach Bellard was a man who helped kids his entire life. He led by example. His efforts for the Seton Kids Care-A-Van helped bring real dollars to provide medical attention for needy kids. The value he brought to our event was reaching the hearts of those attending. He inspired them to think about how good it feels when you help kids, says Ken Graham, Burnet City Councilman and Seton Kids Care-A-Van event co-chair. Becky Fox remembers the first time Coach Bellard toured the Care-A-Van. He met with some of the children served by the program. His face lit up, he had a big smile and he made the commitment to raise money and bring awareness of the mission of the Care-A-Van. He would say, We have to make sure we take care of these kids so they can have a chance to be healthy and stay in school. Fox is director of development for Seton Highland Lakes Hospital. Coach Bellard leaves behind a tremendous legacy of love for our children.

The Tranquility Garden at University Medical Center Brackenridge will soon be a reality, thanks in part to JE Dunn Construction. The company recently presented a check for the new space, which will provide peace and healing to patients, family and staff. Pictured from left: Terry Dunn, Joe Cisper, Ken Gladish and Sister Nanette Gentile, D.C.

Throughout the year, Four Seasons Hotel Austin hosts events to raise money for Shivers Cancer Center. This year, the hotel raised $40,000 for programs that support under- and uninsured patients at Shivers. Pictured at the check presentation are from left, Ken Gladish, Michael Pedder, Rob Hagelberg, Charley Scarborough and Boone Goodgame, M.D.

The Austin Wildcats hosted the first Tournament for Hope, raising more than $22,000 for the new Breast Cancer Center at Seton Medical Center Austin. Pictured from left to right at the check presentation for the Austin Wildcats are Linda Lotz, Susan Lubin, Sister Gertrude Levy, D.C., Marcia Levy, Kathy Erickson, Clara Sherman, Greg Hartman, Molly Sherman, Darrel Smith, Hasie Sherman, Charley Scarborough and Jason Chenault.

Friends and family of Jerry Bell, Sr., donated funds to create the Jerry A. Bell, Sr., Memorial Endowment for Nurse Scholarships. Pictured from left: John Bell, Jerry Bell, Jr., Mary Bell, Philip Bell, Ginny Bell, Chris Bell and Sheila Bell Jackson.

t h e s e to n f u n d n e w s l e t t e r w w w. s e t o n f u n d.o r g

Your generosity matters.

Seven Ways You Can Change Lives Right Now

1 Give $105 so that a patients loved one may get a good nights rest at Seton League House. 2 Attend a fundraising event. See calendar on page 6. 3 Donate $150 to support the Seton Highland Lakes Care-A-Van, helping Highland Lakes kids stay healthy. 4 Give $500 to the Tranquility Garden, providing a place of peace and relaxation at University Medical Center Brackenridge. 5 Donate now using the enclosed envelope to support the Seton Nurse Scholarship Endowment. Help push us over the $5 million goal! 6 Take a class at Seton Cove. 7 Support the new Breast Cancer Center at Seton Medical Center Austin. See page 3 to learn more.
non-Profit organization u.s. Postage Pa I d austin, texas Permit no. 2525

The Seton Fund of The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul 1201 West 38th Street Austin, TX 78705-1056

Address Service Requested

Follow us on Facebook! To update your address, send an email to, send a fax to (512) 324-1989, or call (512) 324-1990.

Its All About You

Friends and survivors are working hard to ensure that if you need it, you will have the best treatment close to home

hen Susan Lubin was recovering from breast cancer surgery, she read an article about a new breast cancer center in Pennsylvania. It offered everything from preventive screenings to survivorship services, all under one roof. The next day, Susan had lunch with her close friend and fellow philanthropist, Marcia Levy. As luck would have it, Marcia had just read the same article. The idea of developing a comprehensive breast cancer treatment center in Austin resonated with Susan and me in a way that nothing has ever resonated before, says Marcia. Today, Marcia and Susan, both longtime residents of Austin, are co-chairs of the Seton Breast Cancer Center steering committee.

I was extremely fortunate. My cancer was caught early and I had a great support network, says Susan. In three weeks, I went from diagnosis to surgery and being cancer free. She is supporting the construction of the Breast Cancer Center at Seton Medical Center Austin because she wants all Central Texans to receive the same excellent care and support. I want everyone to get the same treatment I did, she says. For Candy Rogers, the road to diagnosis and recovery was longer and more chaotic. Diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 1997, Candy had just moved back to Austin from California. Her children were four and six years old at the time and she didnt have a network of family and friends to help her cope. It took more than 10 weeks for me to get a final diagnosis, Candy says. Thats a really long time to be navigating something alone.

Candy joined the steering committee for the Breast Cancer Center to make sure no one had the same experience: driving all over town to track down medical records and see different doctors, or travelling to another city for part of her treatment and leaving her young children at home. With the new center, a woman will never have to navigate breast cancer on her own. Doctors will be brought to the patient instead of the other way around, Candy says. For Candy, who received part of her treatment near family in Houston, the Seton Breast Cancer Center is also about elevating the standard of care available in Austin. Seton leadership and the oncology medical team are already doing just that. The reason I am doing this is that I know in my heart that raising the standard of care in Central Texas will save lives, Candy said. These three friends and many others are working hard to ensure that you and your loved ones will have the best breast cancer screening and treatment, close to home.

The Seton Fund Newsletter is published twice each year for donors and friends of the Seton Fund. (512) 324-1990.