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Central Texas Medical Center: News

CTMC expands Heart Month awareness and activities
SAN MARCOS, TX – Who has touched your heart?

That’s the question Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is asking social media followers to answer during American Heart Month, which is nationally observed in February. Starting Feb. 1, contestants should post a brief video to of themselves or someone else describing a special person who has tugged on their heart strings. The winner will be selected on February 28 by CTMC’s judging panel and will receive a $100 Visa gift card and a Columbia sport package. Participants are asked to be as creative as possible. Writing a song, including video effects or asking your child to answer the question are a few ideas.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control. Because one out of every three deaths in the United States is heart-related, CTMC is expanding its outreach efforts this year. CTMC and its 2013 heart month partners are pleased to bring the following heart related events to our area.

“Given our expanding specialty cardiac services and the high incidence of heart disease in Central Texas, it’s time for CTMC and the residents of Hays County to focus more on heart healthy,” said Clay DeStefano, CTMC executive director of PR/Marketing. “We’re pleased to be able to bring these fun and effective ways to improve one’s heart health.”

Feb. 1
National Wear Red Day Photo Shoot
CTMC Women’s Center Lobby, 12:00 p.m.
National Wear Red Day was established in 2004 by the American Heart Association as a movement to encourage women to take control of their heart health. On Feb. 1, women in the community are invited to wear red and meet in the CTMC Women’s Center Lobby before proceeding outside to stand in a heart formation where a special photo will be taken. The photo will be shared with various media outlets and posted to CTMC’s social sites. Don’t forget to tag yourself. Come be a part of our heart.

Feb. 6
CTMC Healthy Cooking Demonstration
CTMC Community Classroom, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Call (512) 753-3818 to register for the next healthy cooking demo at CTMC. At this event, you will learn how to prepare heart-healthy dishes from the dietary and nutrition team.

Feb. 7
Texas State Women’s Basketball Game
Strahan Coliseum, San Marcos
Show your support for the Lady Bobcats and heart health when you wear red to this game against UT Arlington at Strahan Coliseum. Guests wearing red will also receive $3 admission (half off).

Feb. 8
CTMC HealthCheck Blood Draw
CTMC Community Classroom, 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Get a good look at your heart health through this simple, affordable heart health screening. Call (512) 753-3818 to register for a low $45 fee. Visit to learn more.

Feb. 10
SMMA Gear Up 10 Mile Run
Tanger Outlet Center, San Marcos, 7:00 – 10:30 a.m.
The San Marcos Manufacturer’s Association’s Gear Up 10 Mile Run allows participants to get active while benefiting local scholarships. Runners can pre-register at for $40. Registration on the day of the event will cost $50, and only cash and checks will be accepted at that time. The race will take place on a fairly challenging course on rural roads southeast of the Tanger Outlet Center. It is a 10-mile out-and-back course with moderately rolling hills. The course will close at 10:30 a.m. The event starts promptly at 7 a.m. Participants should arrive 45 minutes prior to the race to have enough time to pick up their runner’s packet.
All runners will receive a long-sleeved high-tech shirt and a collectable item commemorating this year’s run.For more information, visit

Feb. 14
LoveBaked Cupcake Sale
LoveBaked Cupcake and Cookie Bakery, All Day

This Valentine’s Day, LoveBaked Cupcake and Cookie Bakery is releasing its latest masterpiece – a low-calorie, chocolate raspberry dream cupcake, which contains just 190 calories and is worth 5 Weight Watcher points. When you purchase this guiltless treat or one of LoveBaked’s famous red velvet cupcakes, $1 will be donated to CTMC cardiac services. LoveBaked is located in Mimi’s Trailer Food Park Eatery at 310 N. Guadalupe Street in San Marcos.

Feb. 15
CTMC HealthCheck Blood Draw
CTMC Community Classroom, 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Feb. 22
CTMC HealthCheck Blood Draw
CTMC Community Classroom, 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Feb. 28
Winner of Social Media Video Contest announced
Be sure to get your video posted to our Facebook page by Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. to be considered for a $100 Visa gift card and Columbia sport package. The video should include a person describing someone who has touched their heart. For more information, visit

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.


Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666