CTMC's CREATION Health Garden expands giving to local food bank
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CTMC’s CREATION HEALTH GARDEN EXPANDS GIVING TO LOCAL FOOD BANK
SAN MARCOS, TX – Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) recently donated 18 pounds of fresh, organically grown vegetables to the Hays County Food Bank that were grown in the hospital’s CREATION Health Garden. The garden was planted in March with the intention of providing ongoing support to the Food Bank.
According to Hays County Food Bank Community Relations Coordinator Jane Moore, the planting of the CREATION Health Garden coincided with the Food Bank’s Fresh Quest initiative, which is a campaign to actively recruit more sources of fresh produce.
“Not only is fresh food more healthy, but some of the clients we serve have health conditions that dictate that they eat as much fresh food as they can,” Moore said. “Some days we don’t have enough fresh fruits and vegetables to go around, so CTMC deciding to provide us with fresh squash, tomatoes and other healthy vegetables couldn’t have happened at a better time.”
The garden is named after the faith-based health and wellness lifestyle that was developed by Adventist Health System (AHS), CTMC’s parent company. The CREATION Health principles are based on biblical ideas that promote a balanced approach to achieving optimal health. The proven results of this lifestyle on wellness and longevity are extraordinary, and AHS has embraced the CREATION Health guidelines for its employee and community wellness initiatives.
Earlier this year, CTMC donated $2,000 to the Hays County Food Bank that was used to purchase a new warehouse scale. In addition, teams of CTMC associates are now working at the food bank on a weekly basis to help ensure enough volunteer support to meet their growing demands.
To learn more about the Hays County Food Bank and how you can get involved, visit www.haysfoodbank.org. For more information about CTMC’s CREATION Health initiative, log on to www.ctmc.org and click on the CREATION Health banner on the home page.
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, 2011 and 2012, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also 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.