Intern Grad Learned Skills and More About Herself

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

Intern program graduate Rachel Kessler and Rocky, her purr-fect patient.

Photo: Rachel Kessler with her “purf-fect patient,” Rocky the cat. For almost four decades La Hacienda has trained chemical dependency counselors while treating addiction and alcoholism. Rachel Kessler is the latest in the long line of women and men to complete intern training here. She ended her two years in the program on April 29 and has passed her state … Read More

Dr. Katie McQueen on Alcohol Awareness

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Dr. Katie McQueen talks about alcohol awareness

Did you know that more people in America drink too much alcohol than there are Americans who suffer from addiction to alcohol? In this brief video, Dr. Katie McQueen, MD, a member of the medical staff serving La Hacienda Treatment Center, talks about this and other facts regarding alcohol use. To make more people aware of the facts about alcohol … Read More

LaHa Sluggers in Vegas Softball Series

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

Janet Blackburn, Steve Layton and Sherri Layton

Photo: Steve Layton, center, with Clinical Services Director Janet Blackburn (left) and Outpatient Services Administrator Sherri Layton (right). La Hacienda has a reputation for long-serving staff but even the most-dedicated counselors, nurses, doctors, and others eventually feel the need to “get their cake” and retire. On the afternoon of March 12, co-workers filled the Upper Dining Room to share Intern … Read More

Tough Love for Young Men

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

Carol McCarrick, Collegiate Males Case Manager

Carol McCarrick knows rock bottom. She hit there and survived. Now, as La Hacienda’s case manager for male patients in their 20s, she works to help them find their way back. Nothing in recovery is easy, but with young men it’s complicated more by several factors, says Carol. First, there’s the effect of drugs or alcohol on developing minds. “They … Read More

Treatment Team Learns about Jewish Traditions

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

Tvzi Heber talks with Cade Saurage

Photo: Tzvi Heber talks with Cade Saurage, Director of Utilization Review & Strategic Partnerships To help our La Hacienda treatment team better prepare to assist people from many cultures and faiths, knowledgeable professionals from a variety of backgrounds meet with staff. “As opportunity allows, we enjoy hearing speakers from various cultures present on both the challenges and resources involved in … Read More

Chris Raymer Returns to La Hacienda

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Chris Raymer and Elizabeth Olson at La Hacienda Treatment Center

Photo caption: Chris Raymer and Elizabeth Olson: former instructor and former patient now co-workers at La Hacienda Treatment Center. An old friend is returning to the La Hacienda staff. Chris Raymer, who was Director of Recovery Services when he left in 2010 to pursue other  opportunities, rejoins the staff on December 10 as Recovery Community Director. He will develop programs … Read More

Unit Clerk ‘Runs the Show’ in Special Care

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

Unit Clerk Lynda Baker checks Nurse Manning Reed's vital signs.

Photo caption: Unit Clerk Lynda Baker checks Nurse Manning Reed’s vital signs. Unit Clerk Lynda Baker didn’t know what the job entailed when she applied at La Hacienda in 2002. She just saw the title and imagined it would be like the office work she did for 15 years at the Kerrville State Hospital. “I thought it was a secretarial … Read More

Granddaughter’s Death Spurs Sense of Mission

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

Nurse Practitioner Cyndy Hartsfield checks medical data with Physician Dr. Ottis Layne

Photo caption: Nurse Practitioner Cyndy Hartsfield, right, discusses information with Physician Dr. Ottis Layne. As do many of our staff members, Nurse Practitioner Cyndy Hartsfield, RN FNP, brings a personal desire to help people recover to her work at La Hacienda. In 2016 her 25-year-old granddaughter, Katy, died from a heroin overdose. The family knew the young woman had an … Read More

Airlift Enables Staff to Continue Care During Flooding

John SniffenLa Hacienda, Treatment Team

Phil Johnston Exotic Game Management Hill Country Arts Foundation Ingram Guadalupe River Flooding

As the Texas Hill Country experienced widespread river flooding in mid-October, La Hacienda took extraordinary measures to maintain top levels of care for its patients. Fed by more than six inches of rainfall on the already saturated ground, the Guadalupe River at Hunt started to rise Monday evening, October 15. It quickly topped flood stage, 10 feet at Hunt, and … Read More