SAN MARCOS, TX – Abel Galaviz, MD, a surgeon on CTMC’s medical staff, recently teamed up with Texas State University professor Lawrence Estaville, PhD, and the Texas A&M University Press to publish the Texas Health Atlas. Kristine Egan, a senior GIS analyst for the City of San Antonio and geography lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio, is also a contributor.
The book contains more than 200 pages of health-related maps that depict regional information regarding all aspects of the state’s health care systems. Some topics addressed in the book include Texas’ medical services, insidious diseases, harmful behaviors and health disparities.
Because the Texas Health Atlas brings scattered geographical information into a single resource, it can serve as a useful tool for healthcare providers and planners, risk managers, public officials and policymakers, public health workers and university researchers and students.
The Texas Health Atlas is available for purchase at Amazon.com.
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.