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Central Texas Medical Center: News



SAN MARCOS, TX –  Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) will host a special 4-day training program for  experienced registered nurses (RN) wanting to be Parish or Faith Community Nurses on April 10 – 13 in its Community Classroom.  The “Foundations of Faith Community Nursing” course is a multi-denominational missions project organized to assist all faith communities to grow toward holistic health from a global perspective.


A Faith Community Nurse can provide spiritual care, help a patient understand what is happening during treatment and help a patient locate needed healthcare resources. Parish nursing is a new, fast growing profession with more than 10,000 nurses nationwide.


”This specialty training gives nurses that added dimension for true and holistic care,” said Sharon Hinton, Parish Nurse Course Coordinator. “With the focus on intentional care of the spirit, you have a whole new scope of care.”


Seven CTMC registered nurses took the program when offered at CTMC last year and have gone on to establish a non-profit organization called Faith Community Nurses of Hays County (FCNHC). In February of this year, the group held their first event at Promiseland Church in San Marcos called "Don't Just Survive 2012 - THRIVE in 2012" and it included blood pressure screenings, weight / BMI screenings and a healthy cooking demo with CTMC's nutritionist Elizabeth Ames, RD. Since then, Promiseland church has utilized their FCN on different levels from educating a member on their lab values to nutrition and exercise management and encouragement. 


“There are so many ways a church can utilize their Faith Community Nurse.  We are excited and want to encourage other nurses, volunteers and congregations to embrace this program and utilize their resources," said Sandra Cherer, RN, president of FCNHC.



The program is the result of a partnership with Texas State University to help patients build a bridge of support through their doctor, family and faith community.  The program is open to any interested party. You need to be a nurse to participate and support the effort. Retired and active duty nurses are welcome as well as any individual who would like to volunteer and/or interested clergy members. The costs of the 4-day program are $350 for nurses and $300 for lay persons. Class size is limited. 



To register for the upcoming April program, please call Sharon Hinton at 806-983-8096 or email her at For more information visit



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” publication.


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.



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