SAN MARCOS, TX
– Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) has a long history of giving back to the San Marcos community, and 2012 was no exception. Besides providing nearly $17 million in community benefit to patients without means to pay for treatment, CTMC extended Christ’s healing ministry in various other ways throughout the region and, in fact, the world.
Local schools were among those who benefitted from the hospital’s giving in 2012. In partnership with Tri-County Medical Society, CTMC equipped three pre-kindergarten classes at Hernandez Elementary School with bicycle helmets, reducing their risk of bike-related injuries. In May, several physicians came together to provide area high school students with athletic physicals at a reduced rate of $20. The money raised ($3,961) was later donated back to the schools’ athletic programs. Additionally, 14 area high school students were awarded a total of $8,000 in scholarship money, helping to pave their way to a promising future.
In late 2011, CTMC assumed the lead sponsorship role of Texas Ramps of Hays County. Throughout 2012, volunteer work forces consisting of CTMC employees and friends constructed 16 ramps for families in need and pre-built 25 more, totaling 1,560 feet of ramp. One of the ramps benefitted 3-year-old Chelsea and her 9-year-old sister, Brianna, who both have spina bifida.
“Because there is such a great need for ramps, I think it’s important that we just keep this happening,” said CTMC Volunteer Ramp Building Coordinator Bob Gardner, who also serves as an auxiliary volunteer at the hospital.
This summer, 51 youths attended CTMC Hospice Care’s Camp HeartSong and Camp HeartSong, Too!, which provide bereavement counseling for youths. Each summer children and teens who have recently lost a loved one gather together at John Knox Ranch to share, learn and let go. For Camp HeartSong, the children range from 8-13. Camp HeartSong, Too! accepts children 14-18. During the camps, the children participated in activities designed to help them deal with the loss of a loved one.
“If we can teach them the skills early, they will know how to cope with future grief,” said Bereavement Coordinator Abel Rodriguez.
Last fall, CTMC donated a herd of 10 sheep to True Vineyard Ministries, a San Marcos-based non-profit that uses social business models that provide work-based solutions to poverty-stricken communities in Rwanda. They achieve this goal by reaching out to widows who were left behind in the tragic 100-day genocide in 1994, where nearly 1 million Rwandans were murdered. Some of the women are rape survivors, suffering from HIV/AIDS and mothers to multiple children. Proceeds collected at True Vineyards Marketplace, located at 317 W. San Antonio St., help to fund the mission. CTMC has partnered with True Vineyard Ministries since its official formation in 2007, and some hospital associates have gone on mission trips to the region.
“Research reveals that investing in women in developing countries is essential in achieving broader development goals,” said Founder of True Vineyard Ministries Diana Wiley. “By providing jobs, education, and encouragement to women who each have an average of four to ten children, they will be more likely to instill those values in future generations.”
October is nationally recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness month, and this year the local fight against breast cancer sparked events that spanned from late Sept. to early Nov., which generated $19,400 from the hospital and its partners for CTMC’s Cancer Assistance Fund. The Pink Heals 5k run raised $11,500, and partial proceeds contributed from pink ribbon cupcakes by LoveBaked Cupcake and Cookie Bakery totaled $1,000. The Texas State Dig Pink volleyball game raised $2,100, and the second annual PinkFest event at Cypress Creek Café in Wimberley provided an additional $4,800. Since 2008, CTMC and its Pink partners have helped raise more than $70,000 for the cause.
Since 2007, CTMC has sponsored twice-annual medical mission trips to Honduras. In 2012, an additional 2,831 patients were treated, including Angela, a woman suffering from thyroid cancer. Angela was brought to CTMC for treatment and underwent surgery on Nov. 8. Dr. Blair and Dr. Cairus of CTMC’s Live Oak Health Partners physicians’ group gave a good report after the surgery, stating that everything had gone according to plan and that they expected a good, long-term outcome for Angela. Feeling much better, Angela was released from CTMC on Nov. 18 and went on to receive a radioactive iodine treatment at Baptist Hospital in San Antonio on Dec. 11 – 13, the last step before she returned home to Honduras on Dec. 28.
Last summer, CTMC partnered with The United Way of Hays County in launching an unprecedented public engagement campaign called Born Learning / Born to Read, designed to help parents, caregivers and the Hays County community as a whole provide young children with early learning opportunities. Locally, the Born Learning / Born to Read campaign includes a designated website where any parent can download parenting tools, educational material and a resource guide to Hays County services along with print ads to encourage all Hays County residents to become involved in the education of the youngest members of our community. These are in addition to the printed materials, books and library cards that have been distributed through CTMC and the Hays County Health Department.
The holiday season provided a strong finish to the year in terms of giving. During the San Marcos Giving Hope event, 306 children received a warm meal and two free toys, and their family members were also fed and given a Bible and a box of groceries. Volunteers from the hospital also participated in bell-ringing to raise funds for the Salvation Army, which raised $3,489.
CTMC employees demonstrated their heart for helping one another when $1,056.15 was collected for the employee assistance fund during a special gift basket raffle. CTMC’s annual employee giving campaign, Seasons of Sharing, generated a pledged amount of $70,433.79 for 2013. In 13 years, employees have donated more than $520,000 to the Seasons of Sharing campaign.
“Many of the valuable projects that we completed last year would not be possible if it weren’t for the generosity of our donors,” said CTMC CEO/President Sam Huenergardt. “Last November we unveiled our donor recognition wall as a way to say thank you to those who make these projects possible.”
The hospital’s largest donor is the CTMC Auxiliary team, which raises money through annual fundraising efforts. This year, the Auxiliary donated more than $61,000 for hospital improvements. That number is in addition to the more than $500,000 the CTMC Auxiliary has contributed through the years, which does not include their volunteer hours.
If you would like to make a donation to CTMC, call the CTMC Foundation at (512) 753-3687 or visit www.ctmc.org/giving. 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 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. ###