SAN MARCOS, TX
–The American Heart Association is recruiting team captains to organize fundraising efforts for the organization that will go toward raising awareness about cardiovascular disease. Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) will wrap up its Heart Month events on Thursday, Feb. 28 when it hosts the Heart Walk kickoff luncheon in the CTMC Community Classroom from 12 to 1:30 p.m. After the meal, there will be a training session to show people practical ways to raise funds for the cause.
Fundraising will continue until the Heart Walk that will take place on Apr. 20 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Texas State Track and Field stadium, where the community is invited to participate in a free 5K walk. The walk is a chance to celebrate fundraising efforts and also serves as a tribute to those who have been affected by heart disease.
“It’s an emotional, fun, healthy and active day,” said Jackie Quintero, corporate market specialist for the American Heart Association.
If you are interested in attending the Heart Walk kickoff luncheon, please RSVP by calling (512) 753-3818
. For more information about CTMC’s expanding cardiac services, visit www.ctmc.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 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.