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St. Mark's Medical Center Awarded Readers' Choice 2022 Best Hospital/Health Clinic

Best Nurse; Best Physical Therapist; and Best Physical Therapist Assistant

Release date: August 25,2022

La Grange, TX - St. Mark's Medical Center (SMMC), several staff and associates were announced award winners in the 2022 Fayette County Record's Readers' Choice.

Readers of the Fayette County Record are annually invited to vote for their favorites in various profession and service categories. Award winners are announced in a special publication of the newspaper.

Health care award categories associated with SMMC in 2022, include:

Best Hospital/Health Clinic - St. Mark's Medical Center, 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2022

Best Nurse - Mikayla Beiersdorfer, RN, BSN, Emergency Department nurse

Best Physical Therapist - Gil Henderson, LPT, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

Best Physical Therapist Assistant - Heidi Ehler, PTA, 2022, new category

Best General Surgeon - Russell Juno, MD, FACS

Best Family Practice Doctor - Wes Blackwell, MD

"We are proud of our employees and local physicians who provide excellent care to our patients," said SMMC President and CEO Mark Kimball. "They are the best who help us do our best and provide essential health care services to our community."

St. Mark's Medical Center (SMMC), is one of the top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the United States as ranked by the Chartis Center for Rural Health, and in 2022, rated a 4-star hospital by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The 100,000 sq. ft. community hospital serves residents of Fayette County and surrounding communities with the latest medical technology and comprehensive health care from highly skilled physicians, nurses and professional staff. Services include cardiac, physical and occupational 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.

To learn more about St. Mark's Medical Center and our services or career opportunities, please visit

Mark Kimball, St. Mark's Medical Center, President and CEO Mikayla Beiersdorfer, RN, BSN, St. Mark's Medical Center, Emergency Department nurse, Best Nurse - 2022

Gil Henderson, LPT, St. Mark's Medical Center, Best Physical Therapist - 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

Heidi Ehler, PTA, St. Mark's Medical Center, Best Physical Therapist Assistant, 2022

Russell Juno, MD, FACS, Best General Surgeon - 2022

Wes Blackwell, MD, Best Family Practice Doctor - 2022

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