SAN MARCOS, TX – Those who donate blood at Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) next blood drive July 31 will have a chance to win a $500 Southwest Airlines gift card. The Blood Center of Central Texas will raffle one gift card per month for blood donors who give during the summer season. The Summer Blood Drive donations began on June 1 and will continue through August 31.
Those interested in donating at the CTMC event may sign up online by visiting www.InYourHands.org and using the sponsor code “ctmc.” Participants should eat a full meal before donating and bring a photo I.D.
“CTMC’s mission is ‘extending the healing ministry of Christ,’” notes David Erb, CTMC Lab Service Director, “Those who donate blood truly help us put our mission in motion by touching countless lives.”
Because of the continually increasing need for donations, the Blood Center of Central Texas encourages qualified donors to give blood regularly. According to the organization’s website, every community needs hundreds of donations each day to meet the demands for blood. The recommended donation amount is once a quarter, and up to two lives can be saved per donation.
For more information about the next CTMC blood drive, contact Erb at (512) 753-3533 or e-mail email@example.com.
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.