SAN MARCOS, TX
– More than 25 million children and adults in the United States are living with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. That’s 8.3 percent of the population. Of these, 7 million people are not aware of their condition, and 79 million others have pre-diabetes.
Diabetes Alert Day was established by the American Diabetes Association as a wake-up call for people to get screened for their risk factors for type 2 diabetes. It is typically held on the fourth Tuesday in March, but CTMC will recognize the occasion at its HealthCheck blood draw on Friday, March 29 in the CTMC Community Classroom from 7 to 10 a.m. CTMC Diabetes Educator Mario Torres will provide free glucose checks, diabetes risk assessments and diabetic counseling at the event.
“Diabetes can cause problems with the blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, heart and more,” Torres said. “That’s why it’s so important to get screened and to know what your risk level is.”
HealthCheck, Hays County’s oldest and largest health screening event, will be held Thursday, April 18, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos. The community is encouraged to take advantage of the more than $500 worth of valuable health screenings and services provided for a low $45 fee. There’s still time to register for the event and attend an upcoming blood draw. For more information, please call (512) 753-3818
CTMC also provides free glucose checks and diabetes risk assessments in the main lobby on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. For more information, visit www.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. 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.