SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
– Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) held its fourth annual Nursing Excellence Awards presentation and reception on May 8 during its celebration of National Nurses Week. Thirty CTMC nurses were nominated by their colleagues to receive the. Bobbie Finn, an RN in the CTMC Outpatient Surgery Unit, took the trophy home. She has been a nurse at CTMC for 31 years.
“We initiated the Nursing Excellence Award at CTMC in 2011 because we wanted to give our associates the chance to recognize nurses they feel are doing an outstanding job of extending our mission to the community,” said CTMC Chief Nursing Officer Lana Cameron.
Cameron recalled a powerful moment when Finn comforted an anxious cancer patient before they underwent surgery. “CTMC and our patients are lucky to have you,” she said. Finn replied, “I’m the lucky one.”All nominees for the Nursing Excellence Award are listed below:
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, 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.