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Central Texas Medical Center: News

CTMC To Host Veterans Ceremony
SAN MARCOS, TX – Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is proud to recognize our men and women who have served our country at home and abroad. CTMC will again honor employees, physicians and volunteers who have served in the armed forces with a special ceremony on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11 at 9:00 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the flag pole near the front entrance of the hospital.

“Service to others is at the root of our mission. It is important we remember how truly blessed we are to have so many men and women who put their lives in danger for our freedoms,” said Clay DeStefano, Administrative Director/PR and Marketing. “We want to express our gratitude to our veterans for the sacrifices they and their family members have made.”

Veterans Day is observed in honor of all those, living and deceased, who served with the U.S. Armed Forces in time of peace as well as in war. The date, November 11, signifies the day in 1918 when World War 1 ended.

In all, more than 90 CTMC employees and physicians currently working at CTMC have served in the armed forces. The following will be honored at the ceremony:

Abel Rodriguez, Army
Andrew Zamora, Air Force
Anyco Labouliere, Navy
Art Villareal, Navy
Bill Kuykendall, Navy
Bob Jones, Army
Brian Hatch, Army
Byron Slusher, Air Force
Bryon Turner, Army Reserve
Carlos Solivan, Army
Catherine Matier, Army
Cathy Allen, Air Force
Celina Zedpeda, Army
Chadley Blackburn, Army
Chris Duiker, Navy
Christiann Pagan, Air Force
Clyde Caffey, Army
Darryle Stowe, National Guard, Army
David Balogac, Army
David Cargill, Navy
Dennis Marrero, Coast Guard
Domingo Cuellar, Army
Dr. Aaron Malakoff, Army
Dr. Albert Cobb, Jr., Air Force
Dr. Ana Rodriguez, Air Force
Dr. Carolyn Conley, Army
Dr. Charles Porter, Army & Navy
Dr. Edward Coles, Army
Dr. Donald Willis, Navy
Dr. Gerald Pennington, Army
Dr. Ivri Messinger, Army
Dr. James Baker, Air Force & Army
Dr. Kenneth Long, Army
Dr. Mark McDonnell, Army
Dr. Mark Robbins, Air Force
Dr. Patrick Kimbrell, Air Force
Dr. Rex Cole, Army
Dr. Stephen Norwood, Army
Dr. Thomas Kepczyk, Army
Ed McGill, Navy
Floyd Reid, Navy
Fred Damuth, Navy & Air Force
Gary Knight, Air Force
Gary Nelson, Army
Guillermo Ortiz, Army
Herb Koenig, Navy
Hiram Perez, Army
Irma Galaviz, Navy Reserves
James “Larkin” Smith, Army Reserves
Jeanette Bunton, Navy
Jerry Williams, Air Force
Jose Ferrera, Army
Jose P Morin, Air Force
Julie Candelario, Navy
Kathy Chalmers, Air Force
Kay Gibbons, Navy
Manny Longoria, Army
Marlene Williams, Army
Marcos “Leo” Garcia, Army
Matthew Leonard, Air Force
Matthew DeGhelder, Army Reserve
Matthew Wobus, National Guard
Michael Plankers, Army Reserve
Nichole Rodriguez, Army
Ralph Phipps, Navy
Ray Wheeler, Navy
Raymond Haag, Navy
RC Jeffers, Air Force
Rene Valdez, Navy
Rita Longoria, Air Force
Rocky Dugger, Air Force
Roger Hull, Air Force
Ron Nash, Army
Roseanne Rodriguez, Army
Rose Alvarado, Army
Rose Holloway, National Guard
Russell Haines, Army
Sam Vargas, Army
Sharon “Katie” Hetrick, Army
Sidney Johnson, Navy
Sparky Sparks, Marines
Steve Marquez, Army
Steve Romero, Navy & Marines
Sylvia Reyes, Air Force
Tamara Nesbit, Air Force
Theresa Russo, Army
Vince Kotek, Navy
William Pogue, Air Force
Willie Johnson, Army
Winston Holcomb, Army

CTMC’s roots are also tied to military service. In June of 1923, the hospital opened its doors as the Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital on Belvin Street. Today, after two name changes and two relocations, CTMC still has strong ties to the armed forces.

The public is encouraged and welcome to attend the ceremony. For more information, please call Melissa Burkhart at 512-753-3630.

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. In late 2009, CTMC completed a $35 million expansion and renovation on a 64,000 sq ft Women’s Center that includes all private rooms, a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a new cardiac inpatient nursing unit with all private rooms. It also includes an on-site, high-risk delivery suite and a customized cesarean section suite.

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