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Uvalde Healthcare Foundation begins Complimentary Transportation services for Radiation Patients

Patients seeking radiation therapy at the Clear Springs Center for Cancer Care located in the new Kate Marmion Regional Cancer Medical Center have begun to utilize the complimentary transportation services that are available thru the Uvalde Healthcare Foundation.

Patients seeking radiation therapy at the Clear Springs Center for Cancer Care located in the new Kate Marmion Regional Cancer Medical Center have begun to utilize the complimentary transportation services that are available thru the Uvalde Healthcare Foundation.  The Uvalde Healthcare Foundation a newly created 501(c)3, has recently purchase two vans that will provide door-to-door transportation services to radiation patients who qualify from the surrounding counties of Dimmit, Edwards, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, and Zavala. The Center has reported that patients from Del Rio, La Pryor and Carrizo Springs have already begun to utilize the transportation service. 

Radiation patient Robert Bullock and his wife Peggy have experienced the benefits of the transportation service. “We live on a rural road five miles outside of La Pryor. I never dreamed that I would see a beautiful van drive down our road and to our front door and take us to and from my daily treatments.  Our driver is always on time, professional and thoughtful. Being able to save on the gas expenses to and from Uvalde has been a huge financial relief.”

The Uvalde Healthcare Foundation was created after the close of the “Saving Lives Close to Home” campaign which raised over $5-million to build the Kate Marmion Regional Cancer Medical Center.  The Foundation has six members on its Board of Directors including Carol Kothmann, William A. Kessler Jr., John Shudde, M.D., Janey Briscoe Marmion, Roger Berry and Hector Gonzales.  Sheri Rutledge, who organized the “Saving Lives Close to Home” campaign, will operate as the Foundation’s Executive Director.  Rutledge stated, “The Foundation will continue to raise money to support the operation of the transportation services for those qualifying radiation therapy patients to and from the Clear Springs Center for Cancer Care location. We will also be working to raise money to help treat patients with radiation therapy who qualify for charity care. Dr. Shudde said, “Part of the goal for bringing radiation therapy to our area was to also help alleviate some of the financial burden associated with transportation to and from the daily treatments. The Uvalde Healthcare Foundation will work to raise specific funds and grants dedicated to provide this service to radiation patients in our area.” 

Drivers working with the Foundation will coordinate with Clear Springs Center for Cancer Care staff to map out the best possible schedule for cost efficiency and patient comfort.  Robert Bullock stated,” My treatments here in Uvalde have been incredible. I can’t begin to explain what this transportation service has meant to us both personally and financially. I can only describe it as “heaven sent.””

For donation information please contact Sheri Rutledge at s.rutledge@umhtx.org or (830) 278-6251 x.1616 or donations may be mailed to Uvalde Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 900, Uvalde, Texas 78802.

For patient information and applications for transportation services please contact, Clear Spring Center for Cancer Care (830)278-6200.

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Project team

Honorary Chairs

The Honorable Dolph Briscoe, Jr.

1923-2010

Janey Briscoe Marmion


Co-Chairmen

Roger Berry
John L. Shudde, MD

Committee Members

Lewis E. Bracy, Jr.

1924-2009

Vicente Gonzales, III

Bill Kessler

Carol Kothmann

Rene Nolasco

Joe Parker

Alexis L. Petty

Janet White


UMH Advisors

Jim Buckner,Administrator
(2004-2013)
Sheri Rutledge, Development Coordinator
Rose Puente, Cost Accountant