CTMC expands commitment to terminally ill patients with opening of Inpatient Hospice Unit
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
– A sizeable crowd braved the cold weather today to celebrate the opening of Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) new Inpatient Hospice Unit.
Officials from CTMC and the hospital’s Hospice Advisory Board addressed the group in CTMC’s Healing Garden before the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce presented a ribbon cutting. The event also featured tours of the new unit and a musical performance from Texas State University’s VocaLibre.
“As more Central Texans age, the demand for this specialized care is growing, and we have worked hard with the CTMC Hospice Advisory Board to provide it in a way that will serve our community well,” said CTMC CEO/President Sam Huenergardt.
The Inpatient Hospice Unit at CTMC is located on the second floor of the hospital’s Women’s Center wing and is a first-of-its-kind resource between Austin and San Antonio.
The unit was created to provide a faith-based, compassionate, home-like setting for hospice patients who need short-term hospitalization to manage a situation that cannot effectively be treated in the home. In addition, short-and-long-term residential care will be provided in the unit on a private pay basis for those seeking an alternative to in-home or nursing home care.
“The transition from living to dying is difficult,” said Thea Dake, CTMC Hospice Advisory Board chair. “We feel our Inpatient Hospice unit will help with this transition by providing a warm, home-like environment when hospitalization is required. Both the patient and their family will benefit from knowing their loved one continues to receive compassionate care and is never alone.”
The unit will be available to all hospice patients and agencies for any inpatient hospital need or private pay residential treatment. Features will include:
• Private, home-like rooms
• 24/7 access for loved ones
• A family counseling room
• A living room where families can gather and rest
• Family pets allowed
• Reserved parking for families
• A private family entrance
• Access to the hospital’s chapel, gardens, coffee shop and cafeteria
CTMC is accepting donations to help fund the new unit. Giving opportunities range from large gifts that include naming opportunities, to funding the purchase of individual pieces of furniture and decorative accessories for the new rooms. Endowments to carry on family legacies are also welcome.
To make a donation to CTMC’s Inpatient Hospice Unit, please visit ctmc.org/giving
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 600 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, 2012 and 2013, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011 and became an accredited Primary Stroke Center in 2013. 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, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 70,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.