Lending a Helping Hand

CHRISTUS Spohn honors Kingsville Police Officers Lonnie Brown and Justin Dodd for going above and beyond the call of duty when both patients and staff needed them most.

By: Steven Alford

When five people were rushed to the emergency department at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Kleberg following a multiple-vehicle wreck, everyone there pitched in to help. That included Kingsville Police Officers Lonnie Brown and Justin Dodd, who were on duty during the sudden surge of patients. The veteran officers assisted hospital staff wherever they could – directing traffic, reassuring families and helping nurses treat and move patients.

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It was an added layer of protection that the CHRISTUS Spohn associates were very grateful for. To show their appreciation, the hospital honored the two officers recently during a special ceremony held in the emergency department.

“To see the smiling faces of our police officers here – it lets our nurses and our patients know that we are safe,” said Dr. Ricky Thomas, emergency department director at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Kleberg. Thomas presented the officers with a commemorative plaque to honor their service for going above and beyond when patients and staff needed them most.

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Brown credits the CHRISTUS Spohn Emergency Department team with providing exceptional care when he, too, suffered a life-threatening episode more than a year ago. “These guys saved my life,” Brown said, smiling. “I think they do an outstanding job, and it’s my pleasure to help them out any time I can.”
More than a dozen emergency department clinicians gathered to take photos with the officers, thanking them for their service and sharing stories over punch and cookies. It’s a special bond that makes for a better experience for staff and patients alike, according to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Kleberg President David LeMonte. “It makes our associates feel good knowing they have a community partner right here with us,” LeMonte said. “We can’t thank them enough for stepping up and helping out.”

CHRISTUS Spohn Health System is the region’s largest hospital system in South Texas, consisting of six hospital campuses throughout the Coastal Bend. The health system is consistently ranked a health care leader in the area, and it has received national recognition for several pioneering programs, including trauma, cardiac care, clinical excellence and oncology. For more than 100 years, CHRISTUS Spohn has been distinguished by its high-caliber staff and affiliated physicians, its comprehensive and innovative services and its long history of responding to the needs of the community it serves.

For more information, visit www.christusspohn.org.

Photos courtesy of Christus Spohn Hospital

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