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Mansfield’s City Manager Receives Exceptional Care at Brand New Hospital- Texas Health Hospital Mansfield

Mansfield’s City Manager Receives Exceptional Care at Brand New Hospital- Texas Health Hospital Mansfield


Mansfield’s City Manager Receives Exceptional Care at Brand New Hospital- Texas Health Hospital Mansfield

Written by: Faith Whatley

Fred De Witt Van Amburgh once said, "Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves and spend without fear of bankruptcy." There's no doubt that the Coronavirus has caused an indescribable amount of heartbreak for families worldwide. In Mansfield alone, many have been affected. Fortunately, Mansfield's leadership is second to none and has continued to persevere through the remnants of COVID-19. When City Manager, Joe Smolinski, was faced eye to eye with COVID-19, he trusted the new hospital in town with his care, Texas Health Hospital Mansfield. Not only did he receive exceptional care, but also inspiration that changed his perspective on gratitude and life as a whole.

Like many other residents in Mansfield, Joe's family has gone through the wringer in the last year. His father had double bypass surgery in November, and due to COVID-19 restrictions, the only person able to be with him was his wife, Joe's mother. In January, shortly after his father started truly recovering, his mother contracted COVID-19 and passed away. Because of COVID-19 protocol and restrictions, Joe and his family didn't have the opportunity to be with his mom during this process to hold her hand, and sadly, he had to say his goodbyes through the glass door.

In the thick of mourning, Joe caught COVID-19. Knowing that there was a new hospital in town, Joe's wife, Tammy, brought him to Texas Health Mansfield. When Joe arrived through the emergency department doors, he was able to get triaged quickly. Because of COVID-19 protocol his wife was unable to come inside with him and Joe felt hesitant. However, he was never alone.

Carol, an emergency department nurse, took Joe under her wing. Once they became friends, Joe joked that she should leave and get herself coffee because she was tired. Carol replied with "Don't worry about that. You're my priority today," which touched Joe. He says, "I can't stress enough how comfortable she made me feel during a scary situation. God puts people in our life at certain times for specific reasons. Carol was on staff that day for a reason. She was meant to be my nurse."

Joe continues, "When I was admitted to the hospital, I was asked a series of questions that blew me away. Questions like, 'Do you know true joy?' 'Do you feel loved?' 'Do you have someone praying for you?' These questions forced me to self-reflect on everything my family had been through recently.”

Aside from the compassionate care, and devoted team members of Texas Health Mansfield, what stood out to Joe was the "whole person care" aspect of service provided. The staff here strives to dig deeper and make a genuine connection with patients, and Joe took notice of that right away during his stay.

The way Joe was cared for inspired him. He decided to focus on being grateful every day, even in the midst of loss, heartbreak, and sickness. While COVID-19 devastated Joe's family, it also transformed him as a person. At Texas Health Mansfield, we strive to care for patients as a whole- mind, body, and spirit and we are honored to be Joe’s hospital of choice and have a role in his care and testimony.


Joe, thank you for trusting Texas Health Mansfield!

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About Texas Health Hospital Mansfield 

Operated as a joint venture between Texas Health Resources and AdventHealth, Texas Health Mansfield believes that total health is achieved through a balance of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. Located in Lone Star Road, Texas Health Mansfield includes a licensed 59-bed acute care hospital and an 80,000-square-foor medical staff office building that houses primary care and specialty practices, as well as an outpatient center that offers lab, therapy, and imaging services. Hospital services include Cardiovascular, Orthopedics, General Surgery and Women’s services.

For more information, call 682-341-5000, visit TexasHealth.org/Mansfield or find Texas Health Mansfield on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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