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A Passion for Giving Back.
door - whether doctor or patient or family or
visitor or volunteer,” Mueller recalls.
At the time, the Chief at Spohn Shoreline was
Sister Kathleen Coughlin, who Mueller recalls as
multi-talented, wise and futuristic.
Mueller was a young mother just in her 30’s when
she received a phone call from Sister Kathleen
inviting her to become a member of the Board of
Directors at Spohn.
It set Mueller on a path of service and
philanthropy that continues today.
“To this day, in my 80’s, I still feel the surprise and
gratitude I felt the day she called,” Mueller fondly
remembers. “She had faith in me and for that I am
grateful, because it gave me the impetus to give to
the community some of my energies.”
Patty Mueller was drawn to health care while
growing up as the daughter of a well-respected
general practitioner in Laredo.
Her father was bilingual and his ability
was reflected in a very large patient load. Patty
says her father was devoted to his practice and
was very much loved by his patients, who fondly
referred to him as “El Doctor”.
“I spent many a Sunday afternoon outside of
Mercy Hospital waiting for him as he made his
rounds. Sometimes, I would go with him as he
made house calls, and observed him exuding such
happiness when he visited a patient. Frequently
his patients were cared for with no expectation of
payment,” Mueller shared.
Mueller says she has always admired the
futuristic approach at CHRISTUS Spohn as it
evolves with each decade while remaining true to
the vocation of providing the highest quality care
for its patients, both medical and spiritual.
And she credits her parents with instilling a love
for service and a spirit of giving back which still
“They left mighty big shoes to fill because
wherever they saw a need, they did what they
could to fill it,” Mueller said. “Their happiness
came from their family and in service to God and
Though her beloved husband Joe passed away in
2016 at age 90, Patty Mueller still keeps close ties
to their cherished Corpus Christi community.
She continues to be an advocate for the important
role CHRISTUS Spohn plays in delivering care for
South Texas families and visitors.
“It is a pleasure to be able to say, “Thank you” to
each and every person I worked with during my
tenure with Spohn and then Christus Spohn, and
then CHRISTUS Muguerza in Monterrey, Mexico,”
“Working with people who feel a need to give of
their self to an institution that was a big part of
the heart of the community was indeed a privilege
and I thank them for their support,” she added.
“And to each and every Sister I met on the
journey, I thank you for the prayers you offered
for my family and for me.”
The doctors in the Laredo community took care
of the people around them and viewed it as a real
privilege, Mueller added. It was a philosophy she
saw mirrored in the mission at CHRISTUS Spohn
to “extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”
For the next several decades, the Mueller family
was heavily involved in advocating for CHRISTUS
Spohn and serving the organization in a variety
of capacities through their dedication, hard work