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La Grange High School Student Groups Spring Clean Kelley's Healing Garden at St. Mark's Medical Center

Release Date: March 10, 2022

La Grange, TX - La Grange High School students representing their National Honor Society, Interact Club, and Student Council, provided the heavy lifting to refresh Kelley's Healing Garden at St. Mark's Medical Center (SMMC) as part of a community service project.

Armed with rakes, shovels and hoses, the group of 11 students worked alongside SMMC volunteers and staff, trimming plants, removing debris, and washing away the impact of winter to restore the tranquil space for patients and visitors who seek solace while at St. Mark's.

"On behalf of our team, thank you to these hard-working students from La Grange High School," said Mark Kimball, President and CEO of SMMC. "Giving up a Saturday from their busy schedules is a wonderful contribution to their community. The students' volunteer spirit is to be
commended, and I hope that they found as much satisfaction in their efforts as our visitors will."

Service projects are a way for the students to show the community their appreciation for the generous patronage that their school receives. "Our student body is amazing," said Heather Muesse, La Grange High School advisor to the student groups. "They take their roles as student leaders very seriously and understand the value -- and fun -- of team work. I'm extremely proud of their efforts and the impact that this project will have; we hope to build on long-lasting partnership with St. Mark's."

Kelley's Healing Garden, dedicated in 2008 in memory of former SMMC President and CEO Kelley Oliphint, is open to the public and features a waterfall, benches and tables to enjoy the tranquil sounds of nature. SMMC staff and volunteers help to maintain the garden.

St. Mark's Medical Center, one of the top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the United States as ranked by the Chartis Center for Rural Health, is a 65-bed, 100,000 sq. ft., community hospital serving residents of Fayette County and surrounding communities. At St. Mark's Medical Center, patients benefit from the latest medical technology along with comprehensive healthcare from highly skilled physicians, nurses and professional staff. Services include cardiac rehabilitation, wound care, orthopedic care, inpatient and outpatient care, a 24-hour emergency department, outpatient/elective surgeries and procedures, as well as laboratory and imaging services.

Group shot of service project students from La Grange High School National Honor Society, Interact Club, and Student Council; SMMC auxiliary and staff.

Mark Kimball, president and CEO of SMMC, digs in with the students sprucing up Kelley's Healing Garden.

Students hard at work.

Students hard at work.

Student hard at work.

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