October 08, 2014
CTMC will host 3rd annual Remembrance Event on Oct. 15
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – Oct. 15 is National Pregnancy `and Infant Loss Awareness Day, and Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) invites the community to reflect on lost loved ones during its third annual Remembrance Ceremony. The ceremony will take place in the CTMC Remembrance Garden, located outside the corridor that connects the CTMC Women’s Center to the hospital’s main campus at 1301 Wonder World Drive. ###
“You are invited to reflect on your lost loved ones during this poignant ceremony,” said CTMC Director of Women’s Services Margie Lieck. “We hope this event will provide healing and shared compassion for those who have lost an infant, child or loved one.”
A unique live butterfly release event will once again take place at the ceremony, symbolizing souls flying away to Heaven.
The Remembrance Garden opened in 2012 and was funded by a grant from the CTMC Women’s Council to provide a private and serene place for anyone who experiences, or has experienced, the loss of a loved one, with a special focus on babies. The Council was established in 2010 to help create sustaining funding for the CTMC Women’s Center and provide annual impact grants to other non-profits serving women and children in Hays County.
Earlier this year, the second phase of the Remembrance Garden was completed, which doubled the space with a dry, landscaped creek bed and added a special stone wall for individuals to place notes, flowers and other mementos of their lost loved one.
Those interested in attending the ceremony are asked to RSVP by calling (512) 753-3818.
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 600 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, 2011, 2012 and 2013, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011 and became an accredited Primary Stroke Center in 2013. 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, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 70,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.