CTMC Volunteers Return from 8th Honduras Mission Trip After Providing Care to More Than 1,000 People
SAN MARCOS, TX – An 18-member team of volunteers and medical professionals from Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) recently traveled to Honduras for the hospital’s eighth successful mission trip to the region. The team treated 1,075 patients in four days, providing medical treatment, eyeglasses, medications, toothbrushes and an abundance of love and compassion to the Pena Blanca region.
During their time in Central America, the CTMC team traveled to areas where people can not normally access medical services because the nearest clinic is a two-hour walk away minimum. One of the communities they visited was called “Monte de Dios,” meaning “Mountain of God.” The team treated a 10-day-old baby who was very sick with pneumonia. They also diagnosed a child with hydrocephaly (water on the brain) and were able to assist in getting surgery for him.
“How thankful we are that our journey took us to this mountaintop, and that there is a network of likeminded groups that work together to make a difference in Christ’s name,” said CTMC Administrative Director of Ancillary Services Karen Morris, who coordinates the CTMC annual mission trips to Honduras. “These are the kinds of rewarding experiences our mission volunteers bring back. Those we served had nothing to pay us with, but we felt the reward and satisfaction of giving freely and feeling the love and gracious kindness of God’s beautiful people in Honduras.” Plans are already underway for the next Honduras mission trip that will take place Oct. 22-28.
The eighth trip also marked a milestone for the ongoing CTMC mission. With this trip, the group exceeded 10,000 patients touched by the outreach since the effort began in 2007. For the first time, members of the team blogged about their experience from afar. Click here to read the posts. For more information or to donate to the effort please call Karen Morris at 512.753.3515
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.
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.