February 14, 2011
CTMC Partners With Local Business To Save Hearts and Lives
SAN MARCOS, TX – When Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Emergency Department associates were contacted by an employee at McCoy’s Building Supply to teach the Heartsaver CPR/AED at its corporate headquarters in San Marcos, CTMC’s Emergency Department staff made it happen.
Seven associates, who are a part of McCoy’s first responder team, learned how to respond if an adult or child suddenly has a heart problem. Along with AED (automated external defibrillators) trainers, adult and infant mannequins and one-way valves were used during a simulation at the corporate offices.
“We are thrilled anytime we have the opportunity to share lifesaving techniques”, said Michael Plankers, CTMC Director of Critical Care Services. “It is important for us to follow our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ at CMTC and in our community”.
CTMC has expanded its commitment to heart care by providing heart awareness events in February for “American Heart Month”. This month, CTMC is finalizing preparations to have a Certified Chest Pain Center in its Emergency Room
CTMC’s Institute for Healthy Living will host a Healthy Heart Seminar, Thursday, Feb. 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the CTMC Community Classroom. Faisal Syed, M.D., a CTMC cardiologist with Austin Heart, will be the featured speaker. CTMC’s Dietary and Nutrition Team will host a demonstration on how to make your diet heart healthy and will provide heart healthy snacks during the event.
Also during “American Heart Month”, residents can have their cholesterol checked at one of two remaining CTMC HealthCheck pre-event blood draws on Feb. 18 and 25 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the CTMC Community Classroom. CTMC will celebrate the 25th year of HealthCheck, which is the largest health screening event in Hays County, on Thurs., April 28 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Embassy Suites in San Marcos. In honor of the anniversary, the already-low $35 fee for nearly $500 worth of valuable tests is being rolled back to $25.
Friends and followers of CTMC’s social media sites will receive “heart smart” recipes, tips and articles during February. CTMC can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/centraltexasmedicalcenter and on Twitter @ctmc_sanmarcos.
For more information about the Healthy Heart Seminar or HealthCheck blood draws, please call CTMC’s Institute for Health Living at 512-753-3818.