May is National Trauma Awareness Month. It is one of the many opportunities CHRISTUS Health takes to dedicate time and resources to increase education and prevention activities. It is also time to draw inspiration from and provide support to survivors of traumatic injuries and their caregivers which can then further open up a road to recovery.
At CHRISTUS trauma centers, they care for people at their absolute worst moments in life. No one plans their visit to come see them. But, they are there around the clock, providing the best care for life’s worst moments. In the regions where CHRISTUS operates, the communities rely on trauma hospitals to treat a variety of intense injuries, usually resulting from a vehicle accident or some kind or violence. CHRISTUS Trauma teams are in the business of survival, and see people from all walks of life. Trauma does not discriminate. And, when patients arrive into trauma bays, they are the number 1 priority. Care is rendered regardless of ability to pay.
Over the years, there have been countless trauma survivor stories. John Zumbro didn’t know he would have one to tell. His horrific motorcycle accident in East Texas is particularly meaningful to so many because his life was truly saved by a talented nurse at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances. But she didn’t come face-to-face with him in an emergency room. It was on the side of the road. John calls her his guardian angel and recounts his story with incredible gratitude, fully realizing he has been given a second chance at life.
During Nurses Week, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances handed out their first ever Good Samaritan Award. The honor was present to Courtny Shelton and she was surprised by the honor and had a chance to meet John. They hadn’t seen each other since the crash. The opportunity was made possible during a special ceremony at the hospital and covered by the Northeast Texas media.