SAN MARCOS, TX –
|CTMC Governing Board Member Dr. Ruth Welborn watches as a butterfly released at CTMC’s new Remembrance Garden opening ceremony prepares to take flight. Dr. Welborn also serves on the CTMC Women’s Council and is the dean of Texas State University’s College of Health Professions.
Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) new Remembrance Garden opened with a special ceremony on Oct. 15, which is recognized as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Remembrance Day. The garden provides a private and serene place for anyone who experiences, or has experienced, the loss of a loved one, with a special focus on babies.
At the ceremony, more than 30 attendees were able to write prayers, memories or messages to lost loved ones. After placing their thoughts in a basket, they chimed a singing bowl in their loved one’s honor. Pam Foster, RN, chair of the CTMC Spiritual Ambassadors, provided an opening prayer at the event, and a volunteer choir sang hymns to live harp music performed by Patricia Hager. CTMC Director of Women’s Services Margie Lieck spoke to the crowd about the garden’s purpose.
“This is a still, quiet place,” Lieck said as she addressed gatherers at the event. “We know that 50 percent of all pregnancies end in loss, so half of you here have probably either had a loss or know someone in your family who has had a loss. This is your place, and we want you to be able to come back, day or night, to have a peace and a place.”
At the end of the ceremony, a special butterfly release event took place, where dozens of butterflies were released into the air, a gesture symbolic of souls going to Heaven.
The first phase of the Garden project was funded by a grant from the CTMC Women’s Council, a unique fundraising committee of the CTMC Foundation that utilizes member dues to fund its efforts rather than traditional events and activities. Moving forward, CTMC will complete a second phase to the Remembrance Garden by building a Memory Wall, similar to an altar, where notes, flowers and mementos can be placed in honor of loved ones. Funds for this part of the project will be raised through the Women’s Council and CTMC’s annual Employee Giving Campaign.
To view video footage from the Remembrance Garden opening event, visit www.youtube.com/CTMCSanMarcos, and stay up to date on the next phase of the Remembrance Garden at www.ctmc.org.
Earlier this month, the CTMC Foundation hosted its 20th annual Stars of Texas Gala, honoring local entrepreneur, developer and philanthropist Terry P. Gilmore, whose vision 20 years ago to embark on a new fundraiser for CTMC is still successfully supporting service and technology expansions that keep the hospital on the leading edge. Country performer Neal McCoy provided entertainment at the event, which raised $162,770. This year, proceeds will benefit CTMC’s da Vinci robotic surgery program, which has already benefitted more than 60 patients.
For more information about the CTMC Foundation, or to make a donation, visit www.ctmc.org.
About Central Texas Medical Center Foundation
The Central Texas Medical Center Foundation was established in 1982. The Foundation is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 organization whose purpose is to help raise philanthropic funds for improving programs and services at Central Texas Medical Center.
Central Texas Medical Center Foundation has worked hard to ensure that our hospital has the resources necessary to deliver high quality health care. To date, the Foundation has raised $6.3 million for advanced medical equipment, building projects, renovations and service enhancement.
CTMC is a 178-bed acute-care hospital providing a wide range of complex healthcare services in San Marcos, Texas, and neighboring communities. As part of Adventist Health System, CTMC brings a long tradition of Christian healthcare to San Marcos. Now with 44 hospitals located across the United States, the Adventist Health System is the largest not-for-profit Protestant hospital system in the country.