Methodist Healthcare Ministries Establishes $1 Million Scholarship Fund for TLU Nursing

April 4, 2018

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The board of directors of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. – a nonprofit dedicated to creating access to healthcare for low-income families and the uninsured – has established a $1 million scholarship endowment fund at Texas Lutheran University in honor of the organization’s first president & CEO, Kevin C. Moriarty, who is retiring in 2018 after 22 years of faithful service.

The “Methodist Healthcare Ministries/Kevin C. Moriarty Scholarship Fund” will award scholarships to full-time students enrolled in the nursing program who demonstrate financial need and academic merit. Preference will be given to students who plan to practice the nursing profession in Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ 74-county service area in South Texas.

“Kevin has been a fierce and steadfast advocate for the least served his entire career,” said George N. Ricks, chair of Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ board of directors. “Kevin has devoted himself to ensuring our community – mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and neighbors who don’t have health insurance – have access to quality healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay. We could not think of a better way to celebrate the mark he has left than to grow and nurture the professionals who will deliver the care he has fought so hard to uphold in South Texas.”

The scholarship fund was announced publicly at a farewell reception for Moriarty April 3. Surprising Moriarty with the news, Ricks presented a ceremonial check to Texas Lutheran University President Dr. Stuart Dorsey, the university’s nursing director, vice president for academic affairs, and interim vice president for development and alumni relations.

“We are grateful to Methodist Healthcare Ministries for selecting Texas Lutheran University Nursing to honor Kevin Moriarty, and proud to be associated with Kevin’s exemplary career," said TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey. "His dedication to improving access to quality health care for the underserved in South Texas closely aligns with the mission of our nursing program.” 

For more than 40 years, Moriarty has been a central figure in San Antonio’s healthcare and human services sector. His tenure led Methodist Healthcare Ministries to become one of the largest private funding sources for community health in South Texas. Before joining Methodist Healthcare Ministries, Moriarty served as a public official with the city of San Antonio for more than 20 years. Moriarty announced his plans to retire from Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ last June. The board of directors has since been engaged in a nationwide executive search to succeed Moriarty.

About Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc.

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is a private, faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to creating access to healthcare for the uninsured through direct services, community partnerships and strategic grant-making in 74 counties across South Texas. The mission of the organization is "Serving Humanity to Honor God" by improving the physical, mental, and spiritual health of those least served in the Rio Texas Conference area of The United Methodist Church. The mission also includes Methodist Healthcare Ministries' one-half ownership of the Methodist Healthcare System–the largest healthcare system in South Texas–which creates a unique avenue to ensure it continues to be a benefit for the community by providing quality and charitable care to all when needed. For more information, visit www.mhm.org.

About TLU Nursing

The TLU Nursing program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) to classes of approximately 30 students. With clinical groups of six to 10 students, TLU nursing students receive hands-on practice in state-of-the-art simulation labs and clinical experience in various healthcare organizations and agencies in the local area. Throughout the program, students develop technical skills, professional competencies and critical thinking/decision-making as part of the hallmark of professional nursing practice. TLU has graduated three nursing cohorts since the program began in fall 2014. The graduates are employed at hospitals throughout Texas including Resolute Health in New Braunfels, University Hospital in San Antonio, Baylor Scott and White Health in Marble Falls, Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in Seguin, LifeCare Hospital in Ft. Worth, and several others. 

Pictured (left to right): MHM Board Chair George Hicks, MHM President and CEO Kevin Moriarty, TLU Nursing Director Dr. Kathie Addudell, and TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey.

Photo Credit: Paul Overstreet


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