After serving a collective 28 years on the board of governors at McAllen Medical Center and later South Texas Health System, John Schrock Sr. celebrates a legacy of successes as he settles into retirement.

The South Texas Health System board of governors, administration and staff proudly provided Schrock with an honorary proclamation highlighting his nearly 30-year volunteer career providing health care opportunities for the people in the Rio Grande Valley.

Schrock was renowned for the formation of the McAllen Medical Center Foundation in 1993, serving as the initial trustee of the corporation. Through his efforts, the McAllen Medical Center Foundation helped expand the Rio Grande Valley nursing workforce with its yearly scholarship fund for students seeking a nursing degree at the University of Texas-Pan American or South Texas College. It’s investment over the years has totaled over half a million dollars and has helped graduate hundreds of nurses. As of 2008, The McAllen Medical Center Foundation maintained a record of $837,000 in contributions dispersed to health care education programs, with $717,000 allocated to UTPA and STC.

“Our goal is to help increase enrollment in the school’s nursing programs and to promote a professional workforce to meet the healthcare needs of our community,” said Schrock. He added that the funds are used at the university and college’s discretion to aid in faculty development and student scholarships.

Schrock is the president and CEO of Lifetime Industries Inc.

He has served on numerous boards in the Rio Grande Valley and was also recently reappointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Emerging Technology Advisory Fund Committee.

South Texas Health System facilities include: Edinburg Children’s Hospital, Edinburg Regional Medical Center, Edinburg Regional Rehab Center, McAllen Medical Center, McAllen Heart Hospital and South Texas Behavioral Health Center and Cornerstone Regional Hospital.

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