SAN MARCOS, TX
– The Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Family Grief Center will present “Spirituality at End of Life: Understanding the Importance of Spirituality and Religion for the Sick and Dying” on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event will be held at the San Marcos Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 1522 Ranch Road 12.
Pastors, clergy members, chaplains, mental health professionals, case managers, nurses, home health professionals, physicians and hospice professionals can benefit from the session. Speakers scheduled to appear at the event are from the following faith traditions: Muslim, Buddhism, Judaism, Catholicism and Seventh Day Adventist. Objectives will include:
• Differentiating the phenomena of spirituality and religion
• Describing the impact of spiritual coping during illness, end of life and personal grief
• Identifying strategies to assist clients to enhance spiritual coping at end of life including spiritual practices, rituals, beliefs and faith communities
• Comparing end of life issues from the perspective of selected faith traditions including attitudes, beliefs and end of life practices with appropriate and sensitive care strategies
General admission to the seminar is $30. Students may attend for $10. A meal will be provided, and social work CEU’s are available at no additional cost. For more information, and to RSVP, please call CTMC Hospice Care at (512) 754-6159.
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 and became an accredited Primary 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, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care provider in the nation. Today, Adventist Health System supports 44 campuses and employs 79,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more than 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.