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College’s Corporate Services Training 531 CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Nursing Professionals Through $500,000 TWC Skills Development Fund Grant

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

As the largest hospital system in South Texas, CHRISTUS Spohn Health System (CSHS) includes six hospital campuses and six family health centers throughout the Coastal Bend and serves 60% of the community. Both the system and the region continue to grow.

Currently employing 1,400 licensed nursing staff, CSHS is adding more than 500 registered nurse (RN) positions to address that growth while also focusing on healthcare professionals retention and advancement, implementation of their Pathways to Excellence program and other needs.

A $500,000 Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Skills Development Fund grant and Del Mar College Corporate Services will allow CSHS to keep up with their growth through targeted training for 531 Emergency Room technicians, vocational nurses, RNs, nurse leaders and RN coordinators. TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth Hughs presented the grant on April 11 at CHRISTUS Spohn Shoreline Hospital.


Del Mar College is committed to providing customized training to our partners and appreciates the oppoturnity to serve CHRISTUS Spohn Health System to cover their specific needs. The College also recognizes the confidence that Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend and the Texas Workforce Commision have demonstrated in awarding several Skills Development Fund grants to Del Mar that have allowed us to provide training that keeps our parnters ahead of the curve with their own workforce development.
Dr. Mark Escamilla, Del Mar College President

The high demand for nurses remains in the South Texas market, and nurse retention is critical to CHRISTUS Spohn Health System’s success.

We are proud to partner with Del Mar College to offer high quality training and education to the future nurses of South Texas. Thank you to the Texas Workforce Commission for this generous boost to the program.
David LeMonte, President of CHRISTUS Spohn Shoreline and Memorial Hospitals

DMC Corporate Services will help CSHS implement their Pathways to Excellence program, which sets the goal to have nurses work at “the highest level of their licensure” when providing patient care. For example, a RN-ADN (Registered Nurse with an Associate’s Degree of Nursing) spends time assessing patient needs, monitoring symptoms, recommending care plans and educating patients about disease prevention and maintenance. A RN-BSN (Registered Nurse-Bachelors Science Nursing) performs similar duties just as their ADN counterparts; but nurses with the BSN credential are afforded more opportunities to advance to leadership positions and supervisory roles.

“This partnership is instrumental in ensuring that the nurses of tomorrow have the skills they need to succeed and provide expert, compassionate care,” LeMonte added.

Among the classes that DMC Corporate Services will provide are Aseptic Techniques, Plan of Care Basics, Crisis Prevention and Intervention, Advanced Fetal Monitoring and Preceptor Development. Leadership among the staff will also focus on team building, supervision and professionalism and take The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the Franklin Covey globally-recognized certificate program.

Corporate Services’ training will run through November 2018.


About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.