SAN MARCOS, TX – Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) and former San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz will host the San Marcos Ministerial Association’s Hour of Prayer on Thursday, May 3 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at the San Marcos Rec. Center at City Park, located at 170 Charles Austin Drive (formerly Bobcat Drive). The event will recognize the National Day of Prayer, which takes place annually on the first Thursday in May. The public is invited to join area clergy, elected officials and community leaders for prayer focused on church, family, government, education, military, business and media/arts.
“CTMC is happy to offer its support for this year’s prayer event in observance of the National Day of Prayer,” CTMC CEO/President Sam Hunergardt said. “The event is true to who we are, as it fits our mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ.”
The National Day of Prayer is a yearly observance that was created by Congress in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Its purpose is to encourage people of all faiths to pray for the nation. Through the decades, communities throughout the country have participated in the National Day of Prayer by organizing local events.
“We are blessed to live in a country where we can gather together and pray,” Narvaiz said. “On this, the 61st Annual Observance, we come together as a community to seek forgiveness, praise God and ask for intercession for the United States and its people.”
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 CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County and received the San Marcos Chamber’s Green Business Award for its innovative, green efforts.
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.