SAN MARCOS, TX
– A ribbon cutting and grand opening event for the Honeysuckle Mommy Baby Boutique will take place on May 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The boutique is located inside the Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Women’s Center and will feature custom, hand-made mom and baby gifts and merchandise, as well as offer lactation supplies and consultation. The grand opening event will include refreshments, door prizes and activities for the kids.
The Honeysuckle boutique was partially funded by the 2012 CTMC Women’s Council impact grants and will expand CTMC’s ongoing breastfeeding initiatives. In 2011, CTMC partnered with the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin to provide and accept breast milk to help newborn babies grow and thrive. Since CTMC became the only Certified Milk Depot in Hays County, thousands of ounces of breast milk have been collected at CTMC and donated to the Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin.
CTMC was also recognized by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Mother-Friendly Worksite in 2012 by introducing a written policy and meeting specific guidelines that allow mothers to breastfeed their children or pump breast milk at work. Additionally, CTMC earned the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services, which encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants.
On July 31, 2012, CTMC and Texas Women, Infants and Children (WIC) partnered with the City of San Marcos to issue a proclamation locally recognizing National Breastfeeding Month, which is nationally observed in August.
For more information about the CTMC Women’s Center and the hospital’s breastfeeding initiatives, visit www.ctmc.org, or stop by the new Honeysuckle shop in the CTMC Women’s Center. About CTMC
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, 2011 and 2012, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also 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. ###