SAN MARCOS, TX – In keeping with its breastfeeding friendly practices, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) has been recognized by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Mother-Friendly Worksite. To receive this designation, a place of business must introduce a written policy to support employed mothers by doing the following:
• Offering flexible work schedules to provide time for expression of milk
• Providing an accessible location allowing privacy
• Providing access to a nearby clean and safe water source and a sink for
washing hands and rinsing out any breast-pump equipment
• Providing access to hygienic storage alternatives for the mother To store her
Thanks in large part to the growing success of CTMC’s breastfeeding and Mother’s Milk Bank Depot programs, CTMC filed an application to become a Mother-Friendly Worksite after implementing a private feeding/pumping room and making a $10,000 investment for 2 state-of-the-art breast pumps. The equipment was funded by a grant from the Women’s Council, a unique fundraising committee of the CTMC Foundation that utilizes member dues to fund its efforts rather than traditional events and activities.
CTMC is interested in helping other companies become a Mother-Friendly Worksite. To learn more about CTMC’s breastfeeding programs and services or help becoming a Mother-Friendly worksite, please visit ctmc.org.
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 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011.
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, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.