SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that a patient admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has tested positive for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Although the risk of an outbreak in Hays County is small, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) has emergency operation procedures in place and is well prepared to manage a variety of infectious diseases, including the Ebola Virus.
“Like other hospitals, CTMC is continually preparing for an epidemic situation, and we have established robust infection control protocols,” said CTMC CEO/President Sam Huenergardt.
“CTMC staff members are rigorously trained in infection control, and although unlikely, we are prepared to handle such an emergency if it occurs. We stand ready to care for our community.”
For more information about Ebola Disease exposure, please visit www.cdc.gov/ebola.
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.