SAN MARCOS, TX – During June and July, a group of 49 junior volunteers will be on the Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) campus working alongside auxiliary volunteers and CTMC staff members to assist with various tasks and get an introduction to the health care working world. The volunteers range in age from 13 to 18 and attend area high schools. This summer, they will help perform projects and tasks throughout the hospital based on each of the Junior Volunteer’s skill set.
CTMC Volunteer Coordinator Belinda Gardner said the program continues to grow each year, and the experience is often life-changing for the students. “Because of their time at CTMC, they often go on to college pursuing careers in the medical field, so it’s always good to see that,” she said.
The summer 2012 junior volunteers are listed below:
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.