2017 Texas Healthcare Trustees Award Winners
THT Founders' Award: Ambassador Lyndon Olson, Jr., Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas
Lyndon Olson’s relationship with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children started at a young age, when he was a patient of the hospital. Since that time he has worked to give back to an organization that had given so much to him. Olson has been a member of the TSRHC board since 1995 and has served as chair since 2006. During that time, the impact he’s made on the hospital has been significant.
Bob Walker, TSRHC president and CEO describes Olson as a “visionary and dynamic leader with a servant’s heart and is always ready and willing to support Scottish Rite Hospital in any way possible.”
Olson was instrumental in guiding the hospital into the future as TSRHC began to shift business models to ensure hospital sustainability, along with advancing the organization through an expansion of its facility and technology improvements. In addition to his board service at TSRHC, Olson’s involvement in health care includes working with Baylor Scott & White Health, Baylor College of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Mental Health Association and Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute among others. Additionally, Olson has an extensive list of civic and public service at the local, state, national and international level. “Service is Olson’s hallmark and will one day be his legacy.”
Advocate of the Year: Andrew Stern, Medical City Healthcare, Dallas
Andy Stern has been an advocate for health care and his hospital for more than 20 years. He has served on the Medical City Dallas Hospital board for 23 years and is the co-founder and co-chair of the Medical City Healthcare community advisory board. Involved at the local, state and national level, Stern has used his experience as a former staff assistant to President Gerald Ford, and his expertise in public relations to lend a voice to Texas hospitals.
“As a volunteer trustee, there is no one more dedicated, innovative and engaged,” said Erol Akdamar, president of Medical City Healthcare. “Andy is tireless in his dedication and uses his extensive network to help us better serve our community.”
Stern is an asset to the health care community and is someone who truly understands the power of advocacy and strength in a unified and collective voice at the Capitol.
See a list of past award recipients