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Central Texas Medical Center: News


CTMC's annual HealthCheck registration, pre-event blood draws underway
SAN MARCOS, TX – The 27th annual CTMC HealthCheck Screening and Health Fair, Hays County’s oldest and largest health screening event, will be held Thursday, April 18, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos. The community is encouraged to take advantage of the more than $500 worth of valuable health screenings and services provided for a low $45 fee.

“HealthCheck is such an important component of many area residents’ health care maintenance each year,” said Clay DeStefano, Administrative Director of PR & Marketing. “We’re delighted to be able to keep offering the basic blood panel and growing the free screenings and clinical services available the day of the event.”

The basic HealthCheck screening panel includes:
• Complete Metabolic Panel (screening for glucose, renal and liver disorders)
• Lipid Panel (cholesterol with HDL/LDL breakdown, triglycerides)
• Complete Blood Cell Count (white blood cell,, hemoglobin, hematocrit and platelets)

Several additional tests are available for a low fee as well, including Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, or TSH ($15), Hemoglobin A1C ($15), Vitamin D ($30), and a Carotid Artery Screening ($30). Lastly, we’ve added the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) screening, which may be obtained for $30. In August 2012, the Centers for Disease Control updated their screening recommendations for HCV. All individuals born between 1945 and 1965 should receive the screening. Although the infection is often asymptomatic, chronic infection can lead to scarring of the liver or cirrhosis and in some cases to Hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare and fatal cancer.

This year HealthCheck is again partnering with Texas State University’s CAMCO, the City of San Marcos Healthy City Task Force, the San Macros Chamber of Commerce and the San Marcos Daily Record to provide more than 70 wellness, fitness and nutrition exhibitors. Keep checking www.ctmc.org as the exhibitor list develops.

Preregistration for the event is under way now through April 5. To pre-register, call CTMC’s Institute for Healthy Living at (512) 753-3818 or visit our Community Resource Center in the CTMC Main Lobby. Business hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For added convenience, several pre-event blood draws are already taking place at CTMC’s main campus and at additional locations throughout Hays and Caldwell counties. All blood draws will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and participants are required to fast for at least eight hours before having their blood drawn.

Community Blood Draw Location/Dates

SAN MARCOS:
CTMC Community Classroom, 1301 Wonder World Dr.
February 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

LOCKHART:
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 118 North Church Street
March 18


KYLE:
CTMC Kyle Clinic, 151A Kirkham Circle (Plum Creek)
March 19 & 20

WIMBERLEY:
Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12
March 25

Blood analysis results will be available at the April 18th HealthCheck event unless critical values are discovered, in which case you will be contacted by telephone immediately. Lab results are protected health information that may only be released to the patient. Photo ID is required to pick up results. If not picked up on April 18, participants will receive results in the mail a week after the event. For more information, please call 512.753.3818 or visit www.ctmc.org. Se habla Español.

About CTMC
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. 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.
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Location

Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
512.353.8979