SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
– Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) officially opened its new Women’s Center for Breast Health on October 2.
“Because a prompt diagnosis is key to winning the fight against breast cancer, we want to provide a more convenient opportunity for women to get their yearly mammograms,” said CTMC Director of Women’s Services Margie Lieck.
The “Party on the Patio” grand opening event featured a visit from the Pink Heals Hays County fire truck and a special balloon release in honor of all who have been touched by cancer. Ruth Welborn, PhD, dean of Texas State University’s College of Health Professions, spoke about women’s health and the importance of screenings.
“I think this is a wonderful resource we have here in San Marcos,” Welborn said. “(Women) are so special, and it’s wonderful to have a special place like the center to respond to our specialness.”
The event concluded with a survivor walk around the CTMC CREATION Health Walking Trail.
The Women’s Center for Breast Health is a first-of-its-kind resource in Hays County that was designed with the special needs of breast cancer patients in mind. It combines diagnostic imaging, support, surgical services and reconstruction in one convenient location. Mammograms and bone density studies are completed in the center’s spa-like atmosphere, and no referral is necessary for the screenings.
“We want to provide a calming and comfortable atmosphere for them to undergo testing and carry them through any necessary steps that follow,” Lieck said. “Through a partnership with the Aesthetics Center at Live Oak Health Partners, a patient can go from detection to reconstruction within a 48-to-72-hour time span.”
CTMC will continue its annual observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October with a series of activities. To see a complete schedule of events, visit ctmc.org
and click on the breast cancer awareness banner on the home page. ###
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.