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January 28th, 2009
CTMC announces big year of charity

STAFF REPORT

Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) announced a successful 2008 this week, beginning with a $35 million women’s center expansion and ending with more than $12 million in community donations.

CTMC is active in many programs that help neighbors in need, including $11,309,500 for health, wellness and emergency support to help the elderly and their privileged neighbors. More in-depth counseling is offered at CTMC Hospice Care’s Camp HeartSong, which hosted 40 children at a week-long camp that provides typical summer recreation, while helping them cope with the death of a loved one. 
 
As a faith-based, non-profit hospital, CTMC prides itself on a long tradition of spiritual service, participating in and funding programs and initiatives that enrich the quality of life for Hays County residents. The hospital invested nearly $90,000 towards spiritual wellness programs in the community during 2008 alone. 
 
CTMC also recognizes the work of organizations that improve the overall quality of life for the community and CTMC ministry objectives. Last year alone, CTMC provided nearly $37,000 in financial support to area clubs and organizations requesting assistance. 
 
The hospital also works to extend its healing ministry beyond the city limits with medical mission trips to other countries in desperate need of basic medical procedures and equipment. The mission trips are funded by the generosity of CTMC’s 600 employees who gave more than $60,000 to the annual employee giving campaign in 2008. They are also made possible by the generosity of CTMC physicians and employee volunteers who give their time to travel to these remote locations and help the needy free of charge. 
 
CTMC’s success is made possible through many volunteer hours. Last year, the CTMC Auxiliary, junior volunteers, interns and special event volunteers donated more than 37,772 hours to the hospital. In addition, the CTMC Auxiliary set aside $25,000 from fundraising activities for new hospital equipment.
 
In 2008, businesses and individuals in the community also donated more than $256,000 through the Stars of Texas Gala to benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit slated to open this December. 
 
A complete summary of CTMC’s 2008 benefit to the community will be released and be available online at www.ctmc.org later in the first quarter.

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