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‘She cares about people.’ Dr. Marilyn Brister has been named Erath County’s Hometown Hero.

Carlene Sutton (Farmers Insurance), Dr. Marilyn Brister, Rev. Kory Koch and Leslie Walker.

Dr. Marilyn Brister has been named July’s Hometown Hero, a program sponsored by Farmers Insurance agent Leslie Walker.

Dr. Brister was presented with a certificate of appreciation and basket of goodies on Tuesday morning.

She was chosen for the honor after Walker’s insurance agency received a letter from Rev. Kory Koch, a chaplain at Texas Health Stephenville.

“She cares about people. She cares about their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being,” Rev. Koch stated in his letter. “In addition to her administrative work, she continues to use her clinical skills in the Emergency Room to save lives and compassionately treat patients of all ages experiencing a wide range of ailments.”

Dr. Brister is the chief medical officer for Texas Health Stephenville and medical director for CCS Hospice. She also volunteers as the president of the board of directors at Compassion Counseling Center.

In his letter, Rev. Koch recalled a personal story from January 2020 when his parents came to Stephenville to take care of his children while he and his wife went on a mission trip to Kenya.

“While my parents were in Stephenville, my mother experienced a life-threatening medical event and was rushed to the ER where Dr. Brister was able to administer the time-sensitive, life-saving medications and treatments for my mom.”

He said his mother has now made a full recovery thanks to Dr. Brister’s quick diagnosis and response.

He went on to say that during the COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Brister offered compassionate care to all of her patients.

“She went above and beyond as a physician to get the people the care they needed,” he wrote. “Through the pain and grief of unprecedented death at the hospital, Dr. Brister never lost her compassion and love for people.

“She not only cares for her patients, she also extends that same love to the nurses and staff of the hospital, the staff at CCS Hospice and our whole community.”


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