Resolute Baptist Hospital in New Braunfels celebrated its 10th anniversary on June 24.

The details

The hospital first opened its doors June 24, 2014, and has since served more than 345,000 patients, performed 25,000 surgeries and provided outpatient care to approximately 400,000 individuals, Resolute Baptist Hospital CEO Mark Bernard said.

Forty-five individuals who joined the hospital when it first opened were honored at the event.

"We're certainly grateful for everything that [the individuals] have done for their patients throughout the process of all the changes," Bernard said.

The hospital has expanded its staff from approximately 240 employees initially to upwards of 700 full-time equivalents today, operating 24/7 with three shifts, said Matt Stone, group CEO of Baptist Health System.

To commemorate the hospital first opening, the original staff buried a time capsule, which included items that represented various aspects of the hospital and community at the time of sealing, such as:
  • Hospital memorabilia
  • Medical equipment
  • Local papers from that year
  • Photos
What they're saying

The hospital has been through many changes in the past decade, many staff members said, as there was minimal infrastructure.

"There was no furniture; there were no plants; there was nothing in here," said Sue Youngs, one of the first four volunteers at the hospital, who is still greeting people today.

Youngs said working at the hospital gives her purpose and energy. At 89 years old, Youngs continues to come to the hospital every morning, stating, "It gives me energy to be here because I've given so much to be able to give back to others. ... It just touches my heart."

Going forward

Looking ahead toward the next 10 years, Stone said the hospital's focus is toward high-acuity services, such as cardiac care, stroke care and neurosurgery, aiming to be a regional health care leader in these specialties.

"We put the goals in place to build a medicine network to take care of the patients—that still goes on today," Stone said "We still look at certain specialties that aren't within the community where it's safe to do the care in a certain way."