The mission of McKenna is to advance the well-being of the New Braunfels community.
McKenna will be active in providing services to enhance the health and well-being of the New Braunfels community, serving as a partner and resource to others who share that goal, now and for future generations.
Well-being can mean a lot of things. In the broadest terms, our goal is to have a hand in addressing key issues, providing needed resources, developing programs and breaking down barriers – helping provide the tools that will allow all of us to improve our community and our lives.
The term “well-being” has different meanings to different people. To some, it relates to physical fitness. To others, it revolves around a sense of worth and security. Still others may see it as the knowledge and support to help maintain a positive life focus.
At McKenna, our focus is on promoting the well-being of the New Braunfels community, no matter how that term is interpreted. We think about the well-being of our community from many different perspectives. We strive to avoid a narrowly defined scope of interest, but rather we remain nimble and flexible. We want to address issues now and to be able to adapt as needs change or arise in the future.
This isn’t something we are doing on our own. We envision our support benefitting everyone in our community in a wide variety of ways, both directly and through partnerships with local organizations. Take a tour of our website to get an idea of what all of this means to us and how we hope to grow well-being in New Braunfels.
- What does well-being look like?
- Access to primary, preventative, non-acute public health services
- A clean, safe physical environment
- Basic nutrition – both food and education – available to everyone in an affordable and respectful manner
- People of all ages have access to programs that stimulate and challenge them educationally, socially, recreationally and creatively
- A community pursuit of health and healthy life choices for all
- Some primary obstacles to well-being:
- Sedentary lifestyles
- Unchallenged minds
- Lack of resources to improve well-being
- Isolated family members and fractured families
- Tightening budgets limiting non profit and government services
Purpose: The evolution of our vision
The New Braunfels community has health and social needs, and McKenna has the vision, drive, and resources to tackle these issues. Ours is a long-term commitment with a strong dedication to the citizens of our community.
McKenna leadership and staff give considerable thought to our identity and how we can best help the community. We constantly explore options about where we are needed most. We study what community needs are being met, where there are gaps, and we try to anticipate what issues will gain prominence in the future.
As our vision is ambitious, measurements can be difficult to determine. We believe that the proof of success will be best expressed by the community. To this end, we work to do all we can to build or assist others with successful programs.
Our Roots: A history of McKenna
In the early 1950s, New Braunfels had a growing healthcare need. H.C. McKenna and other community leaders had the vision and drive to anticipate the city’s continued growth and the demands that it would create for quality local healthcare. The community responded with its support and New Braunfels’ first hospital opened in 1953.
Over time, McKenna Memorial Hospital continued to grow and improve the level of health services available to New Braunfels’ families. The hospital’s service delivery model was constantly evaluated and improved through a tradition of innovative thinking. Around the turn of the century, the McKenna Health System began an initiative to address overall wellness in the community. In 2006, the McKenna Center opened at 801 West San Antonio Street in New Braunfels as a community outreach center, housing the McKenna Children’s Museum, McKenna Events Center, New BraunFit Gym, McKenna Parenting Program, and Prescription Access.
The sale of McKenna Memorial Hospital in 2008 to the Christus Santa Rosa organization ensured extensive resources were available for the long-term healthcare needs of our community. The sale also provided an additional asset to our community that is significant and far-reaching. It provided the finances needed to create the McKenna Foundation, continuing the earlier vision of caring for the citizens of New Braunfels and Comal County. The foundation is managed so as to protect it's assets in perpetuity, ensuring support now and for future generations.