At Home in San Antonio Since 1869

The story of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio began in 1869, when the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word arrived in the area to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. In those days, San Antonio was still very much a part of the “wild west” — a frontier town plagued by a cholera epidemic and the remnants of the Civil War.

From the beginning, the Sisters made children a top priority. However, it wasn’t until 90 years after their arrival that their focus became exclusively pediatric; in 1959, the Sisters joined with local leaders to build the area’s first and only hospital for children.

Today, the name, physical buildings, and management have evolved. The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio now resides in the CHRISTUS family, even as the Sisters continue to play an important role. We’ve grown to become an internationally recognized academic and research hospital. But the commitment to the area’s children has never wavered, and we are honored to carry on the Sisters’ legacy as a family-centered, faith-based non-profit.

History of the Foundation

The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation was chartered in 1955 to carry out a vision: That every child in South Central Texas would receive the best available medical care, even if their parents could not pay. That noble calling remains the Foundation’s driving motivation.

To date, we have raised tens of millions of dollars to cover treatment, research, programs and capital campaigns for building funds.

These accomplishments stand as a testament to the power of your support, and to the goodwill and compassion of our community at large.

What Makes The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Different?

In a word? You. Caring Texans like you have transformed us into San Antonio’s premier (and only) academic children’s hospital. All people in the South Central region of Texas can take pride knowing that together, we’ve earned a worldwide reputation for excellence and innovation in pediatric care — one making life better for local children every day.

Here are a few of the ways you’re helping us take children’s care to the highest level:

  • More than 170 doctors and 400 nurses dedicated to caring for children.
  • More than 90 research projects in progress to discover better treatments and cures for numerous childhood diseases.
  • The Titanium Rib is a life-saving prosthesis for children with severe spinal and chest wall diseases, developed entirely at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.
  • Our Titanium Rib program evolved into the Spinal & Thoracic Treatment And Research (STTAR) Center in 2008. The Center conducts treatment, research and education that is saving young lives worldwide.
  • At the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, we provide roughly 7,000 patient visits annually. Our doctors and scientists participate in a variety of studies for cancer genetics, leukemia, brain tumors, solid tumors, hematology and psychology.
  • In our Level III Emergency Department, 84,000 boys and girls receive critical treatment each year.
  • The Ramiro P. Estrada Respite Station provides compassionate care and extensive support for families and children with developmental disabilities and complex medical needs.
  • Specialists in our Child Life Program help children understand and cope with their circumstances.
  • Our Pediatric Dental Center provides specialized dentistry for young patients, including collaboration with our plastic surgeons for patients with Cranial Facial Anomalies and severe malocclusion.
  • The Pediatric Rehab Unit provides boys and girls debilitated by injury, illness or birth defect with advanced therapy to ensure they reach optimal function completely and quickly.
  • The David Christopher Goldsbury Center for Children and Families is a state-of-the-art center housing 39 pediatric specialty and primary care clinics that serve more than 34,000 boys and girls annually.
  • In 2016, our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) became the only unit of its kind in Texas recognized by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) with a Silver Beacon Award.
  • Lastly, our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) cares for the most critically ill and fragile newborns. It was recognized in 2010 as a member of the OptumHealth Centers of Excellence network, and received the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Award for Excellence in Life Support in 2014.

These highlights are just the tip of the iceberg. The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is like a living organism, continually growing and developing for greater effectiveness.

For more information, or to schedule a tour or make a donation, please call the Foundation office at 210.704.2800. Your partnership drives progress, and every step forward can have a life-altering impact for critically ill or injured children.

Our Board of Directors provides tremendous leadership to the numerous challenges and opportunities of funding a major children’s hospital. Each person has demonstrated integrity and success in their professional life, as well as an extraordinary commitment to The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and the boys and girls we serve.

Active Members:

Steve Atkins

The Atkins Group

R. Clark Boddy

Broker Associate, Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty

Tom Bounds

Community Advocate

Raymond R. Carvajal, R.Ph. (Chairman)

Carvajal’s Surgical Medical & Pharmacy

Robert M. “Bobby” Cavender

Cavender Buick

Ricardo G. Cedillo

Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza, Inc.

Bob Cohen

CommZoom, LLC

Heather M. Collins

386th Judicial District Court

Sister Kathleen Coughlin, CCVI

University of the Incarnate Word

Arthur Coulombe

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa

Elizabeth F. Crawford (Treasurer)

Sendero Wealth Management

Charlie Deacon

Norton Rose Fulbright

Joseph Dubrof

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Suzanne Mead Feldmann

Goldsbury Foundation

C. Murray Fichtner

Community Advocate

Harold J. Foster, Sr.

Community Advocate

Pat Frost (Vice Chairman)

Frost National Bank

Angela Goldsbury

Goldsbury Foundation

Fernando A. Guerra, M.D.

Retired Pediatrician

Tim F. Haegelin

Community Advocate

Peter J. Hennessey, IV

GPM Life Insurance Company

Ned Hodge

MassMutual South Texas

Janet Holliday

The CE Group, Inc.

John R. “Cliff” Hurd

Hurd Enterprises, Ltd.

Emily Morrow Jones

Community Advocate

Sylvia H. Maddox

Community Advocate

Morgan M. Matson

Preferred Counsel Legal Placement

Lauren P. McLaughlin

Strasburger & Price, LLP

Lupita Medina

Medina Consulting

Buzz Miller

Allen & Allen Company

Larry Mills

Holt Companies

Ben A. Montanez

Norton Rose Fulbright, LLP

Thomas J. Murphy

Community Advocate

Pamela K. Parish

Broadway Bank

William H. Parry, M.D.

Community Advocate

Lawrence Payne

Spurs Sports & Entertainment

Philip J. Pfeiffer (Secretary)

Norton Rose Fulbright

Phillip M. Plant, Jr.

Herndon Plant Oakley, Ltd.

Peggy Rebolledo

Community Advocate

Corinna Holt Richter

Holt Companies

Tom Roberts

Invictus Medical, Inc.

Shawn Rosenzweig

McCombs Enterprises

Albert E. Sanders, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon

Michael A. Schott

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP.

Jim Schwartz

Community Advocate

Howard Skillrud

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Clayton J. Smaistrla

Saucier & Smaistrla

Stacy Smolka

Capital Group, American Funds

Daniel T. Straus

Alamo Wine Merchants

Patrick Sullivan

Digital Realty

Nathanael Tarwasokono

Firstmark Credit Union

Harry W. Wolff, III

Dykema Cox Smith

Jessica Lewis Worth

Lewis Energy Corporation/Rod and Kim Lewis Family Foundation

Jim Chapman

Security Service Federal Credit Union

Lori Koehler


Honorary Members:

General and Mrs. A.J. Dreiseszun

Thomas C. Frost, Jr.

Chairman Cullen/Frost Bankers

Rowena C. “Tena” Gorman

Life Members:

Charles E. Amato


Marvin & Liana Barenblat

Community Advocates

Stanton P. Bell

Bell Hydrogas Company

Richard T. Brady

Community Advocate

Mary K. Denny

Community Advocate

Stephen M. Dufilho

Community Advocate

Leon Ewing

Community Advocate

George E. Fischer

Community Advocate

James W. Gorman

The Gorman Foundation

Edward D. Hodge, III

Community Advocate

Charles T. Hutzler

Community Advocate

Mary Q. Kelly

Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Major General Donald R. Lasher

Robert R. Lende

Community Advocate

John C. McCaleb, Jr.

Catto & Catto Benefits Group

William A. Myers

Community Advocate

Josue Robles, Jr.

Maj. Gen. U.S. Army, Retired

Stanley D. Rosenberg

Rosenthal Pauerstein Sandoloski Agather, LLP

William Scanlan, Jr.

Schoenbaum, Curphy & Scanlan

Mona Thaxton

Community Advocate

Stephen B. Wilde

Glass Management Company

Kenneth L. Wilson

Haven for Hope


John Bel

Sister Germaine Corbin

Jason Reynolds, M.D.

Dominic J. Dominguez

Elias J. Neujahr

Regional Advisory Board:

Patricia M. Bodet

Cynthia W. Collins

Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Guerra

Richard M. Kleberg, III

Marolyn Stubblefield

John E. Bel

President, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation

Vice President and Chief Development Officer, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa

Terry Kyle, JD, CFRE

Vice President, The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation

Greg Garcia

Director of Operations

Veronica Laurel

Director, Strategy, Communications & Marketing

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