The season of activity is so underway! There isn’t even time for a quickie at the MySweetCharity latte bar. Doesn’t matter because the week is starting off with news that makes smiles light up on faces.
Chair Elizabeth Gambrell has arranged for Boone Powell Jr. to serve as corporate underwriting chair and Elaine and David Nelson to handle individual underwriting.
Now for what you’re really wondering. Who will receive the Spirit of Generations Award? None other than Baylor Scott & White CEO Joel Allison.
According to Elizabeth, “Joel Allison’s passion for helping others has fueled a prominent career that has touched countless individuals and influenced the future of an entire industry. We are delighted to honor him with this award for his contributions in the health care arena and their continued impact on our community.”
You probably already know that “Since October of 2013, Mr. Allison as served as CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, a fully integrated health care system. His career in the health care field began more than 40 years ago at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene where he rose to the position of chief operating officer. After several CEO stints in Missouri and again in Texas, he joined Baylor Health Care System in 1993 and served as Baylor’s senior executive vice president and chief operating officer. He was promoted to president and CEO in 2000 – the position he held until his appointment as head of the newly formed Baylor Scott & White Health in 2013. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Healthcare Leadership Council and the United Surgical Partners, International Board. In addition, he is involved in many other state and local organizations including the Texas Business Leadership Council, Baylor University Board of Regents and Dallas Citizens Council. He is also a past chairman of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Board and the Dallas Regional Chamber Board.”
What you may not know is that Joel was graduated from Baylor University with a degree in journalism and religion, received his master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
This fundraising event is definitely one of the highlights of the Fall luncheon schedule. 2014 Spirit of Generations Awardee Kay Bailey Hutchinson is probably still recovering from “Cousin Lavelle’s” shenanigans last year.