August 07, 2013
West, Texas fire chief will be honored at CTMC's 9-11 Memorial Luncheon
SAN MARCOS, TX — When a disaster or a crisis strikes our country, there is no hesitation. First responders are there to help. These brave men and women risk their lives every day to save ours. ###
Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) will welcome City of West, Texas’ Fire Chief George Nors as the honorary guest for the annual 9-11 Memorial Luncheon. The event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the San Marcos Activity Center, located at 501 E. Hopkins Street. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. Guest speakers include Mayor Daniel Guerrero, San Marcos Chief of Police Howard Williams and San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stephens.
Tragically on April 17, 2013, the fertilizer plant in West, Texas exploded killing 15 people and injuring 200. Twelve of those killed were first responders, making this the worst disaster for Texas firefighters in more than 60 years. Fire Chief George Nors sustained injuries requiring his son, Junior, to become the acting fire chief as his father recuperated. The plant explosion is still under investigation.
Lunch will be catered by Werner’s Catering and is available for a $10 donation. Roast beef, mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, green salad, rolls and dessert will be served. Open seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
A table sponsorship is available for $150 and includes a reserved table for eight guests and special recognition at your table. Donations will benefit the CTMC Family Grief Center located at 1313 IH 35 North in San Marcos. An RSVP is requested for those who would like to eat. Please RSVP by calling Lisa Adams, Public Relations Coordinator, at (512) 753-3608 or email Lisa.Adams@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, as well as a Certified Stroke Center in 2013. 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.