2021 Founders' Award
Texas Healthcare Trustees presents the Founders' Award to a distinguished health care trustee with an exemplary record of leadership, dedication and excellence in health care governance. The Founders' Award is the highest honor bestowed to a trustee.
Whether Scott Hibbs is working on a water resources project or seated at the board table at Hendrick Health, his exemplary leadership is evident. A listener and problem solver, he gained the respect of his peers at Hendrick—where he has dedicated his time for nearly 28 years as a board of trustees member. During his tenure, he has become a student of the health care industry, a steward of Hendrick Health and a servant to its mission.
“Every community hospital board needs a person like Scott Hibbs. His years of service to Hendrick reflect a deep love and commitment for our organization and its mission. His wisdom, business acumen and character define him as a leader,” said David Morris, former Hendrick board chair.
After graduating from Texas Tech University with a civil engineering degree, Hibbs began his career as a water resource consultant. In 1992, he began a second, volunteer, career when elected to the Hendrick board. He has since served with three CEOs at Hendrick Health.
“I have had the privilege to serve on the board with Scott for 18 years,” said J.V. Martin, former Hendrick board member and chair. “He is a strong leader who is willing to serve in every capacity. He has been hesitant to serve on multiple boards at once, because of his devotion to the Hendrick board and is dedicated to giving his best to the organization.”
Hibbs devotes himself to leading and improving Hendrick. He climbed the leadership ladder, serving as board chair from 1998 – 2001 and again from 2004 – 2006. He was re-elected as a trustee in 2014 and served as chair from 2014 – 2015 and 2019. He has also served on the Hendrick Medical Center Foundation Board. Hibbs, along with the board, has engineered generations of leadership at the institution. He served as chair for two of Hendrick Health’s CEO search committees, 14 years apart, to hire both the fourth and fifth CEOs in the organization’s 97-year history.
“Scott is a real consensus builder. He has his own opinions but always listens to others. He has a passion and commitment to Hendrick, and he adjusts his life to serve it,” said Brad Holland, president and CEO of Hendrick.
Hibbs strives to meet the needs of the community. He played an integral role in countless projects for the organization, including leading the board in the decision-making process to pursue Project 2010, the organization’s largest construction project that grew the campus to 10 times its original size. The project’s innovation positioned Hendrick to offer the community the best facilities and the latest technology, and attract some of the best physicians to Abilene. In 2019, as chair of the board, Hibbs was instrumental in shepherding Hendrick Health through difficult processes and decisions that allowed the institution to expand the region’s access to health care and extend its mission by purchasing two nearby hospitals — one on the south side of Abilene and one in Brownwood. Project TT, which stands for Transformational Transaction, closed Oct. 27, 2020, the landmark moment that ushered in a new Hendrick Health.
“Scott’s dedication and vision for Hendrick Health is seen everywhere we look — on our main campus, on the south side of Abilene and now in Brownwood,” said Larry Smith, Hendrick board chair. “Our hospital and community are truly blessed to have a man of Scott Hibbs caliber, dedication and integrity.”
Hibbs and his wife, Becca, are a testament to the high-quality service Hendrick offers its patients. As a couple, they share their stories and advocate for Hendrick. In March 2013, Becca received a breast cancer diagnosis. The Hibbs used her cancer diagnosis as an opportunity to share her cancer survivor journey while praising her treatment at the Hendrick Cancer Center.
Hibbs once said, “Since the board lives and works outside the hospital, we get to see what is going on from many perspectives. We are also consumers of health care. We have a board that works hard, studies the issues through debate and discussion and is guided by prayer.”
At a national level, Hibbs was a trustee representative for the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board (Region 7) and participated in AHA’s Trustee Leadership Network. He has served as a board member and chair of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce, the Abilene Industrial Foundation and the Community Foundation of Abilene.
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2021 Advocate of the Year Award
Paul Detwiler, M.D.
UT Health Tyler
Paul Detwiler, M.D., is the chair of the board of trustees of UT Health Tyler. He displays contagious enthusiasm, commitment, influence and integrity, and most importantly, he has been integral to the development of the positive culture at UT Health East Texas.
In addition to chairing the board, Dr. Detwiler is on the medical staff at UT Health Tyler, a 500-bed tertiary, level 1 trauma center. He is on the front lines with providers and staff, caring for his patients and advocating for caregivers. He visits with the UT Health team daily, asking, "how can I help you today?"
Dr. Detwiler has been instrumental in identifying and implementing over $2 million in annual supply cost reductions. His steady leadership and caregiver advocacy quelled many of the immense challenges brought about by the COIVD-19 pandemic, and even February’s “snowmageddon” saw Dr. Detwiler in the hospital, on the floors, checking on staff and peers, and volunteering to support any action needed to ensure the safety of patients and caregivers.
His relationships with hospital staff and his commitment to advocating for access to high-quality healthcare exemplifies his leadership and support of UT Health caregivers and the East Texas community. Dr. Detwiler's tireless advocacy to improve and extend healthcare services and medical education in East Texas serves as a model and inspiration for trustees.
On February 27, 2020, The University of Texas announced a new medical school in Tyler. Working with state legislators, The University of Texas Health Science Center, The University of Texas Board of Regents and various foundations, Dr. Detwiler was instrumental in developing the vision and the funding for this endeavor. For example, Dr. Detwiler surveyed medical schools across the country to help to develop a funding plan for the medical school. His efforts culminated in over $80 million in pledges to the new school, including the largest ever seed grant for the establishment of a medical school in Texas.
The University of Texas Medical School in Tyler is projecting that the first class of students will launch in 2023. The program will focus on the education of primary care physicians while incentivizing new doctors to practice in rural East Texas communities. The economic impact of this school is estimated to be $2 billion annually and eventually will add 18,000 local jobs.
Dr. Detwiler is a neurosurgeon trained at one of the top programs in the world, the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. He chairs the Physician Leadership Council – a group of physicians representing primary specialties who meet monthly to discuss hospital operations – at UT Health Tyler. Dr. Detwiler serves as the Chair of the Physician Roundtable of Ardent Health Services, which brings physicians together from hospitals across the country. Dr. Detwiler began his 3rd year as Chairman of UT Health Tyler in July 2020.
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2021 Ollie Jo Bozeman Excellence in Administrative Professionalism Award
Scottish Rite for Children
Belinda Stewart's primary role at Scottish Rite for Children is as executive assistant to the president and CEO, Robert L. "Bob" Walker. But during her 33-year tenure at Scottish Rite, she has learned to wear countless hats throughout the day. She is a Scottish Rite ambassador, historian, educator, mentor and wrangler of 40-plus trustees.
Her successful career is due to her dedication to children's health and serving others with a can-do attitude and giving spirit. Stewart's commitment to Scottish Rite's mission of giving children back their childhood is unsurpassed. She is always happy to help. She leads by example with a passion for serving patients and supporting staff.
In Stewart's executive assistant role, she manages a team while also working with administrative and medical leadership. She coordinates with department leaders to ensure clear, consistent direction throughout the organization.
Stewart’s role as the primary liaison between Scottish Rite for Children and its board is a significant task given the large group of trustees from around the state. Her job requires exceptional communication skills and the ability to collaborate with a wide range of personalities.
Stewart does not hesitate to tackle new challenges. She rises to the challenge of sustaining the culture built throughout the last 100 years that makes Scottish Rite such a special place. Colleagues describe her as the gold standard by which they measure others.
Stewart is an extraordinary administrative professional. She embodies the qualities for which the excellence in professionalism award stands. Her peers contribute her success to her focus on Scottish Rite's culture of child-focused care, respect, integrity, accountability andnexcellence.
The level of professionalism, attention to detail and endless capacity that Stewart exhibits are greatly valued and appreciated by Scottish Rite trustees.
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