SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
– Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) recently received the first large donation for its Inpatient Hospice Unit that is slated to open at the hospital later this year.
CTMC Hospice Advisory Board Member Barrie Breed and her family are donating $50,000 for the unit’s Hospice Family Room, and the space will carry her family’s name in honor of Breed’s husband, Jeff, who was a CTMC Hospice Care patient before passing away from a brain tumor in 2011. During his battle, Barrie realized the need for an inpatient hospice option in Hays County.
“The whole reason why I decided to get on the board with CTMC Hospice Care was because of our experience,” she said. “We tried admitting him to a nursing home, but that didn’t work for us. It didn’t fit him. And I just realized that during the hardest time of your whole life, you are being faced with another burden that you shouldn’t have to endure.”
The new inpatient hospice unit will be constructed on the second floor of the CTMC Women’s Center wing and will be the first of its kind between Austin and San Antonio.
“As more Central Texans age, the demand for this very personalized, specialized care is growing,” said CTMC Director of PR and Marketing Clay DeStefano. “We are honored to be bringing this special service to our area.”
The unit is being created to provide a faith-based, compassionate, home-like setting for hospice patients who need short-term hospitalization to manage a situation that cannot effectively be treated in the home. In addition, short-and-long-term residential care will be provided in the unit on a private pay basis for those seeking an alternative to in-home or nursing home care.
“The CTMC Hospice Board has had a vision for an inpatient unit for many years, and we are pleased to see it coming to fruition,” said Thea Dake, chair of the CTMC Hospice Advisory Board. “There is a need in our community for this type of service, and we are honored to expand our commitment to the terminally ill in Hays County and surrounding communities.”
The unit will be available to all hospice patients and agencies for any inpatient hospital need or private pay residential treatment. Features will include:
• Private, home-like rooms
• 24/7 access for loved ones
• A family counseling room
• A living room where families can gather and rest
• Family pets allowed
• Reserved parking for families
• A private family entrance
• Access to the hospital’s chapel, gardens, coffee shop and cafeteria
CTMC plans to open the new unit in November during National Hospice Month. This unit is being built through the support of generous donors. Giving opportunities range from large gifts that include naming opportunities in the unit. Endowments to help sustain the unit and make it available to those who otherwise could not afford it are also welcome.
For more information about donating to CTMC’s Inpatient Hospice Unit, please call (512) 753-3608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 2012 and 2013, 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 is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 70,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.