SAN MARCOS, TX – May is national Bike Safety month, and the TriCounty Medical Society and Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) will co-sponsor a bike helmet giveaway May 3rd, 2012, for the Pre-Kindergarten classes at Hernandez Elementary School. Hernandez is the only Pre-K campus in the SMCISD.
“Helmets, when fitted and worn properly, save lives,” said Lenore DePagter, DO, a local Internal Medicine/Pediatric physician and TriCounty Medical Society officer.
The giveaway is made possible by a grant from the Hard Hats for Little Heads Program that was founded in 1994 by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) to reduce head injuries among Texas children. The Texas Academy of Family Physicians also provides a grant to help pay for the helmets. According to the TMA, head injury is the leading cause of death and serious disability in bicycle crashes, and the proper use of a helmet can reduce this risk by up to 85 percent.
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 CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County and received the San Marcos Chamber’s Green Business Award for its innovative, green efforts.
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.