“We recognize the service that law enforcement provides to our community. Oftentimes, our local law enforcement and local EMS are the first responders to emergency situations, putting their lives on the line for the safety of others,” said Rick Napper, President and CEO of St. Joseph Health. “As a community partner, St. Joseph Health is committed to the health, well-being and safety of our entire community, including our local heroes in law enforcement, because we know how important their work is.”
St. Joseph Health’s decision to make these donations came after several attacks on law enforcement across our nation over the summer months. A frequently cited statistic regarding armor vests is that they have saved the lives of more than 3,000 law enforcement officers over the past 30 years. While there is no such thing as a totally bulletproof vest, research has shown that armor vests do save lives.
About St. Joseph Health
Established in 1936, St. Joseph Health is a faith-based, not-for-profit health system committed to excellence and compassion in caring for the mind, body and spirit while creating healthier communities. St. Joseph Health is comprised of five hospital facilities across the Brazos Valley, including Regional Hospital, the region’s highest level trauma center. St. Joseph Medical Group operates more than a dozen primary and specialty care clinics around the region, offering expert care, closer to home. St. Joseph Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. For more information, visit CHIStjoseph.org.
Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises more than 103 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 30 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. For more information, visit CatholicHealthInitiatives.org.