SAN MARCOS, TX – Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) hosted the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk Thank You and Awards Luncheon today and followed up the event with an observation of National Start Walking Day by joining several CTMC associates for a lap around the CTMC Healthy 100 Trail. The wrap-up event luncheon follows the March 24 San Marcos Heart Walk that took place at Texas State University’s track and field stadium. April 4 is also recognized as National Walking Day, a nationwide call to action from the American Heart Association for all Americans to get active and commit to a healthier lifestyle.
“CTMC’s commitment to caring for the hearts of those we serve has expanded tremendously over the past few years thanks to innovative partnerships and collaborations like this one with the local American Heart Association,” said Clay DeStefano, Administrative Director, PR and Marketing. “From the opening of our certified chest pain center last summer to the interventional cardiac catheterization lab coming later this year along with designation as a primary stroke center later this year as well, have all come about through the efforts of many within our community.”
In upcoming weeks, CTMC will begin renovations on its walking trail as part of its expanding CREATION Health efforts, an initiative that encourages people to live to 100 by staying active and practicing healthy habits. The project will include extending the trail to a full mile, repaving the walkway and adding new signage. CTMC is also partnering with Gary Job Corps, who will manufacture exercise equipment for six new workout stations in various spots along the trail. Some of the equipment will include push up stands, uneven bars, sit-up benches, pommel horses and strength and stretch bars.
About Central Texas Medical Center
CTMC is a 178-bed acute-care hospital providing a wide range of complex healthcare services in San Marcos, Texas, and neighboring communities. CTMC was recognized as the first ever “Green Business of the Year” for 2010 by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and was named “Best Hospital” for Hays County in the “Best of Hays 2010 and 2011” publications.
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 180 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 100 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital.
Adventist Health System (AHS) is 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.