During the early and mid 1930’s citizens of the county and town of Refugio, Texas envisioned a community hospital. Inhabitants of the place felt that with the exception of Corpus Christi’s Spohn Hospital, facilities in the immediate area were inadequate. A new highway had been constructed through the county, oil lands were being developed in the region and there was a sizeable increase in farm population; items such as these led public minded citizens of the area to believe more hospitals would be needed. Certainly, the town of Refugio, with a population exceeding 3,000 souls, by March, 1937, needed its own hospital. By that year there seemed to be little opposition to such an institution, the chief problem being a suitable site for its location. City property was unavailable as it was encumbered by oil leases and producing wells. Thus the hospital continued to be nothing more than a dream until Joe C. Heard, a prominent local resident, decided to convert the dream into reality.
Heard, who was secretary for both the town and its Chamber of Commerce, worked quietly, but steadily, throughout 1937, on a plan which he presented to the Martin McDonald Post Number 298 of the American Legion. He acquainted the Legion with his idea at the regular monthly meeting on February 23, 1938. That night he proposed that the Legion sponsor the construction of a $150,000 county hospital.
Refugio County Memorial Hospital admitted its first patient on February 2, 1940. Since then, we have provided continuous service to the citizens of Refugio County. The original hospital was expanded in 1962 and then again in 2009. It was originally operated by several religious orders and in May of 1974, the county took over the entire operation. Early in 1977, the 65th Texas Legislature authorized the creation of the hospital district and this was confirmed by public vote on May 1, 1977.
The mission of Refugio County Memorial Hospital (RCMHD) is to provide and promote quality healthcare to the citizens of our county. Through our hospital, rural health clinics, wellness center, and specialty clinic we are striving to provide primary healthcare to our patients in Refugio County. Your welfare is a sacred trust to us and we take great pride in the care we deliver to our patients. Whether you need emergency trauma care, routine surgery, minor illness care, or rehabilitation in our swing bed program, we are here for you. RCMHD welcomes your suggestions as we continue to improve our healthcare services.
Dr. Russell Mascarenhas, MD
Russell Mascarenhas, M.D. serves as Medical Director for the Refugio Rural Health Clinic and the Austwell-Tivoli Medical Clinic. His primary location practice is at the Refugio Rural Health Clinic; however, he works two days a month at the Austwell-Tivoli Medical Clinic. He also serves as Chief of Staff and EMS Medical Director for Refugio County Memorial Hospital. Dr. Mascarenhas is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has been associated with the hospital and its rural health clinics since September of 1999.
Dr. Joseph Jenkins, DO
Joseph Jenkins, D.O. has been a Family Medicine Physician at Refugio County Memorial Hospital in the clinic and ER since June 2015. Prior to coming to Refugio, he was a physician for the United States Army, ultimately achieving the rank of Major before his honorable discharge in 2015. While in the Army, Dr. Jenkins was the Medical Director for the Copperas Cove Medical Home in Copperas Cove, TX; Adjunct Faculty for the Family Residency Program at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, TX; and the Brigade Surgeon for 1st Cavalry’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, with whom he deployed to Gamberi, Afghanistan.
Dr. Jenkins completed the Family Residency program at Fort Hood as Chief Resident, also receiving the honor of Resident of the Year and Resident Teacher of the Year. Doctor Jenkins graduated from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, TX after getting his Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, TX.
Dr. Jenkins married his high school sweetheart and the couple has three beautiful children. He and his family currently live in Port Lavaca where they are active in their church and enjoy spending time on the water. In his spare time, Dr. Jenkins loves to fish.
Mr. John Wineman, PA-C
John Wineman is the primary practioner at Woodsboro Medical Clinic and is supervised by Dr. Russell Mascarenhas. Mr. Wineman has been with Woodsboro Medical Clinic since it was opened in June of 2000. He will see and treat patients of all ages and is proficient in Texas Health Steps for children on the Medicaid Program. Mr. Wineman and his wife live in Refugio and have three children who attend school at Refugio ISD.
Ms. Kayla Staples, FNP
Kayla Staples graduated in May 2011 from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a Master’s of Science in Nursing. She is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She works at the Refugio Rural Health Clinic and Austwell-Tivoli Medical Clinic. She works at the Woodsboro Medical Clinic when needed.
Kayla encourages preventive care and enjoys the teaching aspect of the medical field. Kayla is a Christian and realizes the importance of faith in the healing process. She is a lifelong horseback rider and has been involved in ranching since her childhood. As a result, she is interested in ranch and farm safety. Kayla is proud to work in Refugio County helping the people of her home county.