August 19, 2013
Lifetime Journeys: Free cancer support group before and beyond remission
SAN MARCOS, TX – The CTMC Family Grief Center understands that grief comes in many forms. Having a diagnosis of cancer not only affects you physically but emotionally as well. ###
The CTMC Family Grief Center’s support program, Lifetime Journeys, assists patients, families and friends to understand the grief process, the emotional toll of their diagnosis and how to live through it in a transformational manner. Lifetime Journeys’ purpose is to provide patients, survivors and family members with a warm environment to express their feelings amongst others who are enduring or have endured cancer in the past.
The program is dedicated in assisting patients, families and friends as they endure the emotional roller coaster of cancer when they are first diagnosed, as they endure preliminary treatments and undergo treatments in the following months and years.
“We believe the holistic approach is crucial towards one’s health, and our center is dedicated to providing emotional support for the patient and their family and friends,” said CTMC Bereavement Coordinator Abel Rodriguez, LMSW, LCDC.
The Lifetime Journeys Support Group meets on the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at the CTMC Family Grief Center, located at 1313 IH-35 North in San Marcos. There is no cost to participate, and dinner is offered. To register for a group, please contact Rodriguez at (512) 754-0322 or email Abel.Rodriguez@ahss.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, 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.