January 10, 2014
CTMC introduces outpatient chemotherapy unit to serve cancer patients
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) will help patients facing cancer stay closer to home for treatment with the implementation of its outpatient chemotherapy unit. The new service line adds another layer to CTMC’s current oncology services, which include advanced diagnostic imaging tests, surgical intervention, home health and hospice care. ###
“We felt it was important to add this service at CTMC,” said CTMC CEO/President Sam Huenergardt. “We have been offering other forms of detection and treatment, so offering outpatient chemotherapy is the next step to expand service to our community. We are pleased to say that patients can receive this life-saving treatment at their community hospital.”
The hospital is working in conjunction with Medical/Radiation Oncologist J. Michael Kerley, M.D., and Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Ashley A. Jeter, M.D., of Phoenix Oncology and the Wonder World Centers for Cancer Care to provide a full spectrum of cancer treatment to patients.
Phoenix Oncology offers physician expertise in all types of cancers – notably breast, colon, GI, GU, hematologic malignancies, lung and sarcomas. Because of its dedication to overall patient care, the practice also provides prevention programs, detection, diagnosis, cutting-edge treatment options, genetic testing and counseling.
To learn more about the care and services offered at CTMC, visit www.ctmc.org or download the hospital’s free smartphone app, CTMC Connect, in the iTunes App Store or Android Market on your mobile device.
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. 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 has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care provider in the nation. Today, Adventist Health System supports 44 campuses and employs 79,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more than 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.