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St. Mark's Medical Center Announces 2022 Dan Wilford Award Winner Doris Klesel, RN

Release date: May 20, 2022

La Grange, TX. - St. Mark's Medical Center (SMMC) is proud to announce Doris Klesel, RN, OR Circulator Nurse, as this year's winner of the hospital's Dan Wilford Award for Compassion and Community Service. The announcement was made at an employee reception during National Hospital Week that also included some surprise family guests.

The award is named for Dan Wilford, retired president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston, Texas, and a founding board member of Community Hospital Corporation (CHC), the affiliate management organization of SMMC.

Annually a local winners is selected by SMMC leadership from a pool of nominees submitted by their peers. The winner receives a $500 gift card and framed certificate of appreciation at a reception attended by their family and SMMC Staff. Additionally, the nomination form is submitted to CHC for selection of the organization's overall Dan Wilford Award winner; 2022's will be announced later this year.

Klesel has served at SMMC since 2005 and prior to that at Fayette Memorial Hospital. She was chosen as the 2022 local winner for her strong work ethic, positive attitude, and dedication to her career in the highly intensive surgical environment. She embodies the spirit of this award by demonstrating a remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of her patients and teammates.

"Doris' nomination forms included great detail of her professional excellence, that on its own, is top notch and earns her the respect of staff and physicians throughout the hospital," said Mark Kimball, SMMC CEO. "She is a leader who recognizes the value of her experience and knowledge, and doesn't hesitate to help train others or identify opportunities for continuous improvement."

Kesel's nominations also included her outstanding dedication to her team, persevering through health events and challenges, never missing a shift.

"For those of us who have worked alongside Doris, we fully appreciate all that she brings to the team," said SMMC Chief Clinical Officer Tammy Hartfield. "What makes her performance stand out further, and was highlighted in one of the nomination forms, was of Doris having "servant's hands." This quality cannot be taught, but comes from within, and we are fortunate to have her on our team," she continued.

Outside of the hospital, Klesel also supports the Fayette County Fair's 4-H food show and contest each year. She also is an active member of her church, participating in various groups, fundraising and children's programs.

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St. Mark's Medical Center (SMMC), 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 SMMC, 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.

Photo captions:

Mark Kimball, SMMC President and CEO; with Dan Wilford Award for Compassion and Community Service award winner Doris Klesel.

Doris Klesel and family that surprised her at the Dan Wilford Award for Compassion and Community Service announcement ceremony and reception.

Celebratory cake enjoyed by the guests celebrating with Doris, her family and SMMC employees.

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