SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
– Representatives of the Miriam and Emmett McCoy Foundation met last Friday morning with representatives of the Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Foundation to announce a $1.2 million gift to the hospital in support of the purchase of a second da Vinci robotic surgical system.
CTMC reached out to the philanthropic family earlier in the year in hopes of expanding its wildly successful da Vinci program. Since becoming the first hospital between Austin and San Antonio to offer the faster, safer, robotically assisted procedures in 2012, CTMC has grown its program to record performance in the device’s history.
“We love San Marcos,” said Miriam McCoy, who relocated to the community from their Galveston home with her husband, Emmett, their children and their emerging building materials business in the 1970s. “We feel so fortunate to have a hospital right here in town and felt this is the best way to help the hospital that has been so good to our family and community.”
According to Initiative Surgical, da Vinci’s corporate parent, CTMC’s da Vinci program grew faster and more diverse in specialties and procedures than any other previous da Vinci start-up site. In fact, CTMC had the second busiest quarter in da Vinci’s history for a single machine in the 4th quarter of 2013 with 161 cases performed.
“Today at CTMC, da Vinci procedures are being performed for a number of general surgical procedures, as well as gynecological and urological procedures and just last month, one of our leading da Vinci surgeons, Dr. Erik Anderson, performed the first bariatric surgery using the device,” said Sam Huenergardt, President/CEO.
To date, more than 700 patients have benefitted from faster healing, less pain and little-to-no scarring after surgery thanks to CTMC’s da Vinci program. An additional benefit of the da Vinci program at CTMC has been an overall increase in all surgeries being performed at CTMC – not just da Vinci surgeries. Thanks to da Vinci, CTMC surgery volumes grew by 17% in 2013.
“We are so grateful to the McCoy family for this amazing gift and gesture,” said Clay DeStefano, director of public relations and marketing for CTMC. “The timing of it is crucial in terms of CTMC’s and San Marcos’ continued health and well-being.”
DeStefano pointed out that a thriving hospital in San Marcos not only ensures that locals have quality health care available to them when and where they need it, but also for the greater San Marcos community and future generations.
“A thriving hospital is a major economic driver in whichever community it resides. CTMC’s growth and success helps propel San Marcos’ growth and success. Hospital success helps drive new, quality jobs with good salaries and benefits; helps attract more specialty physicians to move here and helps us continue developing and expanding services to meet the needs of our rapidly growing and competitive market,” DeStefano said.
This $1.2 million gift is the largest in CTMC’s history. Since the creation of the CTMC Foundation in 1982, Emmett and the rest of the McCoy family have helped lead and fund major capital campaigns for CTMC. In fact, it was Emmett and Miriam’s leadership that helped raise the $800,000 to fund the original CTMC structure on Wonder World Drive in 1983.
The family has continued to support the hospital annually through a variety of means including sponsoring the hospital’s annual Gala. In 2009, The McCoy Foundation also made a gift of $100,000 to the hospital in support of its new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
DeStefano adds that the actual purchase and installation of the next da Vinci device will take 4-6 weeks. Plans for public recognition and thanks to the McCoy family are in development.
For more information about da Vinci surgery at CTMC or the CTMC Foundation, please visit www.ctmc.org
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.