Sister Rosanne Popp, MD and Sister Kim Xuan Nguyen, DC, remembering the spirit of the Sisters during the 1900 storm in Galveston, decided to keep CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic open daily during Tropical Storm Harvey.
They answered phones, rescheduled appointments, filled prescriptions for people who had lost medication during the storm and received people who had urgent medical needs. Being the only two staff members at the clinic they changed “hats” many time and took on the roles of receptionist, nurse, and housekeepers as well as doctors. They were excited to be able to complete registration forms for new patients, navigate intake forms and keep the water from coming into the building. The two, however, were never able to master the credit card machine.
Patients were very appreciative that there was somewhere to go when everyone else was closed. A first responder, who showed up with a large laceration on his arm after slipping down a flight of stairs, was so happy the clinic was able to attend to him quickly with no hassle that he gave the Sisters a donation of $100. They will gladly pay that money forward to someone else in need.