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December 25th, 2008
Spirit of the Season Alive and Well at CTMC

SAN MARCOS, TX While all Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) associates are dedicated to the mission of extending the healing ministry or Christ, at no time is this more evident than during the holiday season. From food donations to toy drives to the annual Employee Giving Campaign, CTMC associates and boards have given more in 2008 than ever before.

“I am moved by the extraordinary level of support of our mission by our employees, boards, physicians and volunteers,” said Gary Jepson, President/CEO. “In a year with so much uncertainty about the economy, it’s truly inspiring to see such giving.”

The “giving season” at CTMC began with a Thanksgiving Food Drive benefitting the Hays Area Food Bank, in which CTMC associates donated more than 150 lbs of food and another $500 in cash. The annual Seasons of Sharing Employee Giving Campaign, followed throughout November and early December, with a total of $62,113.46 in pledges supporting several CTMC Mission Outreach efforts as well as the United Way of Hays County. Giving continued with the hospital’s participation in the area Brown and Blue Santa Toy Drives. This year, nearly 200 toys were collected for area children in need.

The spirit of the season also shown brightly through CTMC’s medical staff and individual departments. Several area physicians’ offices as well as a number of individual departments participated in impromptu “adoptions” of area families to aid with Christmas celebrations. Even the hospital’s Boards of directors got into the act by declining a Christmas gift in exchange for a donation to be made to local charities in the name of the boards. This year, the local Salvation Army, Giving Hope of San Marcos and Big Brothers & Big Sisters all received cash contributions as a result of the forgone gifts.

The Salvation Army also received additional support from CTMC over a two-week period leading up to Christmas when several members of CTMC’s management team served as bell ringers at the local Walgreen’s. Total donations from CTMC-manned shifts were estimated to exceed $3,000.

The final gift of the season is slated for Christmas Day when several members of CTMC’s administrative team will serve a complimentary Christmas feast with all the trimmings to staff who are working on the holiday at both lunch and dinner that day.

Giving is part of the culture at CTMC. Each year, the facility reports its annual community benefit to the residents of San Marcos and beyond in the form of an annual report.  In 2007 alone, CTMC reported a community benefit of $11.8 million. The reported amount consisted of care for the underprivileged, care for the elderly, community wellness, and faith-based and spiritual support.

For more information about CTMC and its spirit of giving, visit

Over 150 toys donated by CTMC employees for the Blue & Brown Santa Program

from Clay DeStefano, CTMC
CTMC Photo

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