CTMC will host second annual Remembrance Event on Oct. 15
SAN MARCOS, TX
– Oct. 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, and Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) invites the community to observe the occasion at its second annual Remembrance Event. 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 Administrative Director of PR/Marketing Clay DeStefano. “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 last year 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.
Plans are underway to finish the second phase of the garden, which will double the space and add a special stone wall where individuals can 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
. To view footage from last year’s Remembrance Event, visit www.YouTube.com/CTMCSanMarcos. ###
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, more than 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. 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, 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.