SAN MARCOS, TX – In celebration of EMS Week, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) held a ribbon cutting and grand opening for its new EMS Lounge on May 22. The new lounge, which is located across from CTMC’s ambulance bay and helipad, provides a private, relaxed living room-like setting where emergency personnel can enjoy breaks, complete paperwork and rest between assignments. It features three reclining lounge chairs, a complimentary snack station and beverages as well as WiFi Internet access and a flat-screen television.
“Our first responders are an essential part of the CTMC team and we are happy to be able to provide them with a comfortable place to power down and power up,” said CEO/President Sam Huenergardt upon welcoming the guests who gathered to celebrate.
Hays County Constable David Peterson served his award-winning brisket and sausage and CTMC’s Belinda Gardner said a blessing prior to the official ribbon cutting for the new Lounge. All EMS personnel where eligible to register for a drawing for a 26” flat-screen television, a Sony home theater system and an iPod Nano. Tom Partin, director of San Marcos - Hays County EMS, also took the opportunity to award members of his staff for their service during the event.
EMT of the Year - Suh Hughart
Paramedic of the Year - William Orr
Newcomer of the year - Jill Rosales
Medical Director Award - Matthew Weinberg , Devon Land
5 Years of Service - Aime Avila, James Swisher
15 Years of Service - Ruben Rodriguez
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 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011.
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.