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St. Mark's Medical Center Purple Angel emergency department volunteers, (Left to Right) Robb Muil and Felton Greer.
St. Mark's Medical Center Purple Angel emergency department volunteers, (Left to Right) Robb Muil and Felton Greer.

St. Mark's Medical Center Spotlights Volunteers Felton Greer and Robb Muil

Release date: June 30, 2022

La Grange, TX - St. Mark's Medical Center (SMMC) is pleased to highlight two of their Purple Angels, part of the dedicated group of men and women volunteers who share their time and talents to enhance SMMC patients' experience.

Lee County resident, Felton Greer, has long worked with a servant's heart, putting others' needs ahead of his own during his career as a teacher and Assistant Principal in the Giddings State School, and as a volunteer at SMMC.

Greer began volunteering at the hospital in August 2005 after retiring from his career in education. His specialty at SMMC is serving in the Emergency Department, and can most often be found assisting in the patient waiting area. His shift is from 8 AM to noon, but he often arrives by 5 AM, eager to start his day.

"Volunteering at St. Mark's is so rewarding," said Greer. "Seeing the care, attitude and actions of the doctors and nurses is admirable and inspires me to help relax and calm patients and their families when they are most vulnerable," he continued.

"Felton's work ethic and dedication are amazing, and I can honestly say are typical of what we see in all of our volunteers," said Mark Kimball, President and CEO of SMMC. "They find a niche in an area of the hospital where they have interest and feel most rewarded by their service, and they make the experience their own," he continued.

Greer says that he tries to always make a difference in the lives of others, and according to friend and fellow SMMC volunteer Robb Muil, Greer "never meets a stranger and can engage anyone in conversation."

"Felton is a longtime volunteer with us," said Mary Kahanek, SMMC volunteer program president since 2014. "He inspires our newer volunteers and we can always depend on him to represent the mission of the program and hospital. His smile and warm way ease the stress that many of our patients and their family members are feeling when they arrive. And alongside fellow volunteer Robb Muil, they tag-team to bring out the best in each other's efforts," she added.

Muil began volunteering at SMMC in the Fall of 2021 after retiring from Port Lavaca Texas Government Land Office.

As a longtime Rotarian, Muil understands the value and importance of community service, and routinely demonstrates the organization's motto of "Service Above Self." As retirees, Muil and his wife relocated to La Grange, and he then decided to join the Purple Angels at SMMC.

Muil has volunteered in SMMC's Operating and Emergency Departments, but he feels a special connection with the ED. Like Greer, Muil also enjoys being a warm, reassuring point of contact for individuals and families as they enter SMMC. Greer and Muil volunteer side-by-side in the ED on Tuesday mornings, and Muil agrees that, "often times patients in the ED are experiencing high levels of stress, pain, or worry, and helping to provide them comfort is very rewarding."

To learn more about SMMC's volunteer program and the Purple Angels, contact the hospital at 979-242-2280. Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years old, in good health, and possess a love for patients and being in SMMC.

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 100,000 sq. ft. community hospital serving residents of Fayette and Lee counties, and surrounding communities. At St. Mark's Medical Center, patients benefit from the latest medical technology along with comprehensive health care from highly skilled physicians, nurses and professional staff. Services include cardiac, physical and occupational rehabilitation; wound care; orthopedic care; inpatient, swing bed, and outpatient care; a 24-hour emergency department; outpatient/elective surgeries and procedures; as well as laboratory and imaging services.

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