April 23, 2013
Community encouraged to attend National Day of Prayer activities
SAN MARCOS, TX – Since signed into law in 1952, Americans across the country have celebrated the National Day of Prayer, which encourages people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It is observed annually on the first Thursday in May. ###
This year, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC), former San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz and the San Marcos Ministerial Association will again join forces to host two National Day of Prayer (NDP) events. The community is invited to attend a pre-NDP prayer and worship service on Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center, located at 501 E. Hopkins Street. The following morning on May 2, the annual San Marcos prayer breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. at the San Marcos Conference Center, located at 1001 E. McCarty Lane.
“CTMC is happy to offer its support for this year’s prayer event in observance of the National Day of Prayer,” CTMC CEO/President Sam Hunergardt said. “The event is true to who we are, as it fits our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ.”
At both of this year’s events, the public will unite with area clergy, elected officials and community leaders for prayer focused on church, family, government, education, military, business and media/arts.
“We are blessed to live in a country where we can gather together and pray,” Narvaiz said. “On this annual observance, we come together as a community to seek forgiveness, praise God and ask for intercession for the United States and its people.”
If you plan to attend the prayer breakfast on May 2, please RSVP to Susan Narvaiz by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.