SAN MARCOS, TX – Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is pleased that the court has upheld the Affordable Care Act and especially the individual mandate. We recognize that the health reform bill is not perfect, but it should help lower the number of uninsured and increase access to care.
Without the mandate provision, we believe that the other provisions such as elimination of the pre-existing condition provision would be financially difficult to implement. We also believe that the uninsured problem would have continued to grow, putting greater pressure on hospitals to continue to subsidize care.
Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) has provided health care to Hays County and surrounding communities for nearly ¾ of a century and our parent, Adventist Health System (AHS), has served on a national level for over 100 years. We are, and remain, committed to working with others, including Congress and state legislatures, to create a system that reduces the overall cost of health care, builds a healthier state, and improves outcomes and the patient experience.
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. 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, 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.