EW YEAR’S EVE is a time when many families
and friends gather to reflect on days past and to look forward to
One family in particular will most likely
never forget their New Year’s holiday of several years ago
and the kindness extended to them by former CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s
Health System Associate John McLaughlin.
New Year’s Eve, the Self family from Missouri was en route
to South Texas, where they hoped to enjoy a few weeks of warmer
weather. However, their trip came to an abrupt halt when they were
involved in an auto accident just outside Paris, Texas. Thankfully,
the Selfs sustained only minor injuries, but their travel trailer
was completely destroyed in the collision, and they were unable
to drive their vehicle, which was badly in need of repair. Much
to their dismay, Mr. and Mrs. Self soon realized they were stranded
in an unfamiliar city—far away from the warmth and comfort
of home, where family and friends were busy celebrating the holidays.
That’s when John, a radiology technologist at CHRISTUS St.
Joseph’s Hospital, offered to assist the couple once his shift
ended for the evening. Despite the fact that John, his wife and
two sons had long-awaited plans for New Year’s Eve, John truly
lived up to the CHRISTUS mission by putting the Selfs first in their
time of need.
Upon completing his shift, John drove the couple to their wrecked
trailer to collect their personal items. He went the extra mile
to make sure they were comfortably settled for the night at the
CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s guest house, which is located on the
campus of CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Medical Center South. The
guest house is typically used by hospital outpatients and their
families who live out of town and require overnight accommodations
while receiving care at CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s. And, seeing
that the couple was badly in need of a meal, he ordered a take-out
dinner for them and delivered it to the guest house.
Within the next day or two, family members arrived in Paris with
another vehicle for the Selfs. Thankfully, they were able to continue
on their journey south, grateful to have found a new friend along
This story is an excellent example of how many CHRISTUS Associates
like John truly live our Mission through their actions—both
at work and in their personal lives.
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