Tomas C. Arce
Tomas Covarrubias Arce, 63, of Uvalde died on Feb. 6, 2022, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. He was born on Oct. 19, 1958, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, to Anita Covarrubias and Santiago Arce. He is survived by his mother of Piedras Negras, Mexico; companion, Flor Melendez of Uvalde; step-daughter Alondora Gonzalez of Uvalde; son, Aurthur Roland Castillo and […]uvaldeleadernews.com
Rodolfo R. Flores Sr.
Rodolfo R. Flores Sr., 90, of Uvalde died on Jan. 29, 2021, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, and a complete obituary will follow.uvaldeleadernews.com
Alfredo M. Urbina Jr.
Alfredo Mauricio Urbina Jr., 51, of Uvalde died on Jan. 24, 2022, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. A rosary will be recited Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles […]uvaldeleadernews.com
Nancy M. Caballero
Nancy Martinez Caballero, 59, passed away peacefully in the presence of loved ones on Jan. 19, 2022, at Methodist Hospital San Antonio, after a courageous battle with Lupus and kidney disease. Nancy was born to Larry and Linda Martinez on July 20, 1962, in Uvalde, Texas. Her high school years were spent in both Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and Uvalde, Texas. She […]uvaldeleadernews.com
Simon M. Vasquez
Simon Medrano Vasquez, 33, of Batesville, died on Jan. 22, 2022, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. He was born on March 9, 1988, in Uvalde to Teresa Almanza Medrano and Lucio Vasquez Visitation began yesterday and will continue today from noon to 9 p.m. in the Chapel of Serenity at Hillcrest Memorial Funeral Home. The rosary was recited yesterday […]uvaldeleadernews.com
New federal law addresses stigma keeping medical professionals from getting mental health help
Medical professionals have one goal – help the patient. A lot of times that includes tending to their patient's mental health, but what about taking care of themselves and their own mental health? A range of providers admit, it's rare.
Dying San Antonio mother’s heartbeat placed in teddy bears for her 3 children to hear
The nurses’ hope is that when Nathan, Noah and Isabella hear their mother’s heartbeat and feel the vibrations in the bears, they will know their mother is always with them and that her nurses’ hearts are with them, too.
‘Not enough words to express gratitude’: Balcones Heights officer thanks those who saved his life following shooting
It was an emotional day for the Balcones Heights Police Department and Methodist Hospital as police sergeant Jose “Joey” Sepulveda returned to the hospital where he recovered following a shooting.
Methodist Stone Oak transfers some patients due to low water pressure
SAN ANTONIO – Methodist Hospital Stone Oak is transferring some patients Wednesday night due to low water pressure on some of the hospital floors. Patients on the 4th and 5th floors of the hospital are being transferred to other Methodist facilities, a spokesperson confirmed because water pressure is limited on those floors. Therefore, current care teams will be joining transferred patients to ensure their continuity of care. Patients remaining in the hospital on lower level floors will continue to receive the highest level of care, unaffected by current water pressure challenges.”AdSAWS on Wednesday afternoon issued a boil water advisory for its customers. SAWS President and CEO Robert Puente said the boil water notice comes out of “an abundance of caution” due to low water pressure and said that only water used for drinking needed to be boiled.
California virus deaths rocket higher as ICU space tightens
California health authorities reported Thursday a record two-day total of 1,042 coronavirus deaths as many hospitals strain under unprecedented caseloads. California health authorities reported Thursday 583 new deaths and a record two-day total of 1,042. Carmela Coyle, the association’s president and chief executive, said the group has been negotiating with state officials but they aren’t acting fast enough. “It’s a slap in the face to safe patient care to actually call charting and documentation ‘red tape,’” she said. State health officials did not respond to questions on how they expect the heath orders to be applied or how many patients or hospitals might be affected.
Hospitals say California officials too slow in virus crisis
Emergency medical technicians sanitize an ambulance strecher after transporting a patient at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Coronavirus cases have exploded across the nation since Thanksgiving, with Arizona now topping California, the most populous state, in cases per resident. Los Angeles County alone on Wednesday recorded 258 new deaths. So far, no hospital reported rationing patient care, said Dr. Christina Ghaly, director of the LA county Department of Health Services. That would build on a temporary suspension of nurse-to-patient ratios that the California Nurses Association warns is endangering patient care.
Local hospitals are overwhelmed. Officials say COVID vaccine isn’t an easy fix
The number of coronavirus cases continues to surge, which means hospitals in our area are becoming more overwhelmed. With routine drills underway, battling the pandemic is not new for Baptist Medical Center Pharmacy Operations Supervisor Support Kelsey Hamilton, but it is tiring. So this is almost a year now.”Though vaccines are being rolled out for medical professionals and support staff, health officials say the current situation inside hospitals across Bexar County is not only still dire, but worsening. Because the vaccines are not a 1, 2 fix, health officials emphasizing the importance of continuing to adhere to safety guidelines such as wearing masks, frequent hand washing and social distancing. Tactics UT health officials we spoke to Tuesday say they will need to be in place at least until next fall.
U.S. surpasses 3,000 coronavirus deaths in one day for the first time
More than 3,000 coronavirus deaths were reported Wednesday -- the highest single-day total, according to Johns Hopkins University. Jenna Jacobs, a nurse at the hospital, is watching patients pass without the comfort of someone they love. They're doing more shifts," said Dr. William Melms, chief medical officer with the Marshfield Medical Center in Wisconsin. On the vaccine front, the Food and Drug Administration's advisory panel on Thursday recommended the emergency use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. If the vaccine is authorized by the FDA, the first shots could be distributed in the U.S. within days.cbsnews.com
'It was just like a domino effect’: New Braunfels man remains hospitalized after family tests positive for COVID-19
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – A New Braunfels family is warning others about the dangers of COVID-19 after testing positive for the virus. Daniel Villarreal tested positive for the virus in August, and soon after, his wife and two children also tested positive. His wife, Priscilla, never thought her family would be in such a difficult place. The couple’s two daughters had tested positive, but two of their other children did not. Daniel’s symptoms worsened less than a week after he tested positive.
‘COVID-19 really can’t stop love’: San Antonio patient marries fiancée while battling virus in hospital
Original:An ECMO patient at San Antonio’s Methodist Hospital was still able to say “I do” to his fiancée despite his ongoing critical battle with COVID-19′s lasting effects. He was admitted to the telemetry COVID-19 unit at Methodist Hospital on July 15. Carlos left his room while on ECMO and was escorted down the aisle with his respiratory therapist, nurse, ECMO specialist and perfusionist, hospital officials said. It shows COVID-19 really can’t stop love.”Carlos has since spent a month in the hospital so far and is still in the ICU. (Methodist Hospital)RELATED: San Antonio VA hospital accepting COVID-19 patients from border communities
San Antonio emergency room doctor seeing no slow in COVID-19 hospitalizations
SAN ANTONIO The number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 is starting to decline, according to the City of San Antonios website. But that trend is not something emergency room Doctor Robert Frolichstein is seeing at Methodist Hospital. I dont know that Ive felt that so much in the emergency department, Frolichstein said. Dr. Frolichstein says Methodist has been able to keep staff from getting sick and prevent dire situations where patients would not be treated. We have really not had much illness within the Methodist health care system of staff, nursing staff or physicians.
San Antonio doctor says young man died after attending a COVID-19 party
SAN ANTONIO A doctor from Methodist Hospital in San Antonio said a young man died after attending a COVID-19 party. And this young man went to a COVID party, said Dr. Jane Appleby, Chief Medical Officer at Methodist Hospital. He thought he was young and he was invincible and wouldnt get affected by the disease, Dr. Appleby said. Someone will be diagnosed with the disease and theyll have a party to invite their friends over to see if they can beat the disease, Dr. Appleby said. She said some young patients dont realize how sick they really are.
It is time to start taking this seriously, San Antonio ER doctor warns as hospitalizations surge
SAN ANTONIO Methodist Healthcare System and other San Antonio hospitals, are in desperate need for more staff as the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations continues to surge, according to Dr. Robert Frolichstein, an emergency room doctor at Methodist Hospital and the president of Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians. Frolichstein said he is worried that hospitals will be forced to choose who gets treated and who doesnt if the number of hospitalizations continues to rise. I dont think were there yet, but it is time to start taking this seriously, he said. Coronavirus update San Antonio, June 30: San Antonio shatters daily record with 1,268 new COVID-19 casesWere scrambling to create spaces and create beds. To register, visit: https://t.co/UwCOrlNm2G pic.twitter.com/ZtAavqkOno SA Metro Health (@SAMetroHealth) June 30, 2020Hundreds of nurses will be arriving in San Antonio on Wednesday.
After thousands #EncourageEsther in her fight against COVID-19, health officials say she’s in recovery
Esther, 37, battled the virus for eight weeks and was in critical condition when she first arrived, according to her Methodist care team. However, officials said Esther was recently removed from life support and is now undergoing rehab at Methodist Hospital | Texsan. Having lost hope and the motivation to keep fighting, her care team recognized a decline in her health. Esther's care team said the overwhelming support given to her from all over the globe helped rejuvenate her spirits. Her progress continued and she was able to be removed from life support.
Amalia G. Gutierrez
Amalia G. GutierrezAmalia Gonzalez Gutierrez, 96, of Uvalde died on May 14, 2020, at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. Gutierrez was born in Mexico on Feb. 14, 1924, to Maria Del Refugio (Campos) and Rafael Gonzalez. She was preceded in death by both parents; husband, Santiago Gutierrez; and three sons, Santiago Gonzalez Gutierrez Jr., Francisco Gutierrez and Jorge Alberto Gutierrez. Pallbearers were Evaristo Uriegas, Manuel Gutierrez Jr., Diego Ovalle, Antonio Ovalle, Efren Alba Ortiz, Julio Cesar Gutierrez and Evaristo Uriegas II, all of Uvalde, Rafael Gutierrez Jr. of Eagle Pass, and Otoniel Gonzalez Ortiz of Mexico. Honorary pallbearers were Julio Ceser Gutierrez and Evaristo Uriegas II both of Uvalde.uvaldeleadernews.com
San Antonio hospitals to receive antiviral drugs to treat coronavirus
SAN ANTONIO – Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that five San Antonio hospitals will receive cases of remdesivir to help treat COVID-19. Nine cases of the antiviral drug have been sent to the hospitals from the Texas Department of State Health Services, which were provided from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. San Antonio doctor involved in remdesivir trial says FDA emergency approval is ‘very exciting’“The State of Texas is working swiftly to ensure our hospitals and medical providers have the resources they need to treat patients diagnosed with COVID-19,” Abbott said. “I thank our partners at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for sending these cases of remdesivir to the state of Texas. FDA allows emergency use of drug remdesivir for coronavirus
Man arrested, accused of beating pregnant woman, police say
Published: May 17, 2020, 8:56 am Updated: May 17, 2020, 6:06 pmSAN ANTONIO Editors note: A previous mugshot for this story was incorrect. A man is now behind bars after authorities said he assaulted a pregnant woman over a three-day period. The victim was treated at Methodist Hospital and police said she told them she was punched in the face by 28-year-old Matthew Wilson. Man arrested a year after assaulting and robbing woman during a date, affidavit saysShe also alleged that Wilson threatened to stab her in the stomach with a kitchen knife. Wilson has since been arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Methodist nurses make TikTok video, hope band BTS will encourage patient fighting COVID-19
SAN ANTONIO – Methodist Hospital nurses are going the extra mile to provide a glimpse of hope for a critically-ill COVID-19 patient in San Antonio. Encourage Esther COVID-19 BTS Fan Esther's care team will do just about anything to fight for her happiness and health. Arriving to Methodist Hospital in critical condition and on a ventilator, nurses were uncertain of just how much mental trauma she had already endured in her battle against COVID-19. Over the past month, Esther's care team has seen very few glimpses of hope in her eyes. One of Esther's nurses hung a few pictures of BTS in her room to serve as encouragement.
Eva Longoria surprised Methodist Hospital COVID-19 unit members with video chat
Superstar actress and former “Desperate Housewife” Eva Longoria surprised Methodist Hospital COVID-19 unit members, alongside Methodist Healthcare partners Sean and Claudia Elliott, with a video chat on Wednesday evening. The trio sent out a message of hope and encouragement to the unit members who were available for the surprise chat. “It didn’t take a global pandemic for us to know you are essential each and every day. I’m so lucky that you’re giving ‘us’ five minutes of your time,” commented Eva Longoria. COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019.
Raul SamarripaRaul Samarripa, 89, of Uvalde died on March 4, 2020, at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. Samarripa was born on Jan. 27, 1931, to Feliz (Gonzales) and Jose Samarripa. Samarripa is survived by son, Hector Samarripa of Sonora; two daughters, Elsa M. Samarripa, and Juana Elma Samarripa, both of Uvalde; two brothers, Mike Samarripa of Uvalde, and Robert Samarripa of Kerrville; three sisters, Delia Mancha, Olga Vela, and Rebecca Chacon, all of Uvalde; four grandchildren, Joaquin Watson, and Madison Watson, of Uvalde, David Samarripa and wife, Esmeralda, of San Antonio, and Renee Samarripa, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and one great-grandchild, Lola Lolita Rae Samarripa, of San Antonio. He was preceded in death by both parents; wife, Dolores Martinez Samarripa; son, Rene Samarripa; and two brothers, Jose Samarripa Jr., and Ismael Samarripa. Pallbearers will be Michael Ray Samarripa, Phillp Samarripa, Beto Rodriguez, and Lalo Zamora, all of Uvalde, and Danny Martinez, and Joe Ballesteros, both of Austin.uvaldeleadernews.com
Cristina S. Garcia
Cristina S. GarciaCristina Sanchez Garcia, 79, of Uvalde, died on Feb. 24, 2020, at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. Garcia was born on Sept. 22, 1940, in Mexico to Albina (Balboa) and Rito Sanchez. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Jesus V. Garcia of Uvalde; two sons, Reynaldo Garcia, and Reyes Garcia, both of Uvalde; four daughters, Minerva Garcia, Florinda Garcia and husband, David, and Griselda Garza and husband, Mario, all of Uvalde, and Esmeralda Garcia of Dallas; one brother, Israel Sanchez of Mexico; two sisters, Esthela Falcon of Uvalde, and Julia Sanchez of Eagle Pass; 20 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both parents; and one grandson, Gilbert Garcia. Pallbearers will be David Garcia Jr., Juan Talamantez, Erik Talamantez, all of Dallas, Martin De Leon, Reynaldo Garcia Jr., Jimmy De Leon, Jesse Garcia, and Eleazar Garcia, all of Uvalde.uvaldeleadernews.com
2 San Antonio nurses arrested after airport authorities find 700 Tramadol pills
HOUSTON – Two San Antonio nurses were arrested Monday after law enforcement authorities in Houston said the pair was found with hundreds of prescription painkiller pills at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The search resulted in the discovery of 700 Tramadol pills. The pair was handed over to the Houston Police Department to be formally charged and booked, an HPD spokesman confirmed Tuesday afternoon. Phillips and Laskowski made their initial court appearances Tuesday and were given $10,000 bonds, Harris County records show. Airman dies in San Antonio jail after child sex crime convictionPhillips’ registered nurse license expires at the end of 2021, while Laskowski’s registered nurse license expires at the end of next year, according to Texas Board of Nursing records.