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St. Mark's Medical Center team members (left to right): Jenifer Leyendecker, Director of Surgical and Ambulatory Care Services; Tammy Hartfield, Chief Clinical Officer; Amanda Fuchs, Director of Laboratory Services; Kim Lookingbill - Emergency Services Director; and Laurie Quitta, MedSurg Director.

St. Mark's Medical Center Celebrates Donate Life Month with Donor Registration Event

Release Date: April 22, 2022

La Grange, TX - St. Mark's Medical Center (SMMC) is celebrating April's Donate Life America month with an onsite donor registration drive and information event on Friday, April 29 from 10 AM - 2 PM near the hospital's front lobby.

Representatives from United Tissue Resources and Miracles in Sight will answer questions about organ, eye and tissue donation opportunities, and help with the simple registration process. Observed in April each year, National Donate Life Month helps raise awareness and encourage Americans to register as donors and to honor those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

"St. Mark's participates in donor programs for organ, eye and tissue donations, and encourages community members to consider becoming a donor," said Mark Kimball, President and CEO of St. Mark's Medical Center. "It's a simple process to register once the decision is made, and this final act of compassion could be life changing for another family," Kimball continued.

Since 2017, five tissue and 11 corneal donors were surgically recovered from St. Mark's Medical Center. In addition, 81 tissue grafts were used in procedures which improved the lives of patients in need.

"Donation is a very personal decision," said Tammy Hartfield, SMMC Chief Clinical Officer. "Many people do not realize that even with medical advancements, the need for donors exceeds availability."

Donor Facts

  • 17 people die each day while waiting for an organ transplant; 100,000+ people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants.

  • Every nine minutes, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list; 7,000 people die each year because the organs they need are not donated in time.

  • 85% of patients waiting for organs are in need of a kidney.

Donations of:

  • Tissue - can heal 75

  • Corneas - can provide sight to two

  • Organs - help up to eight

There is no cost to the donor's family for donation and funeral plans can still be carried out as planned, including a viewing. Live donations are also possible.

Interested community members who cannot attend the event to get their questions answered can visit at any time for information. Donor registration is quick and easy at

Another way to participate is by purchasing a specialty license plate through the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV); a part of the fee supports organ donation programs. You can view the license plate design at the DMV or online.

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.

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