A salute to North Texas hospital trustees and leaders, the Annual Awards Luncheon takes place every fall and honors individuals who have made an historic impact on local healthcare. The program features nationally known keynote speakers.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, the world-renowned historian and author who has documented great “American Heroes” for over two decades, will serve as keynote speaker of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council’s 65th Annual Awards Luncheon. Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for “No Ordinary Time,” her biography of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Her 2005 work “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln,” was a #1 New York Times best seller. It also was made into the 2012 film “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg and nominated for 12 Academy Awards. Goodwin was an on-air consultant for PBS documentaries on Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedys and Ken Burns’ “The History of Baseball.” A life-long baseball fan, she was the first female reporter to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room. Goodwin received her Ph.D. in government from Harvard University. She served as assistant to Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House, later working with him on his memoirs. In 1976, Goodwin authored “Lyndon Johnson and The American Dream,” which became a New York Times best seller. She followed in 1987 with the political biography, “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys,” which stayed on The New York Times Best Seller List for five months. Goodwin is married to Richard Goodwin, who worked in the White House under both Kennedy and Johnson. The Goodwin’s have three sons.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has announced it would present the 2013 Distinguished Health Service Award to Florence Shapiro for her lifetime of dedication to North Texas healthcare during the 65th Annual Awards Luncheon, Oct. 24 at the Arlington Convention Center. Mrs. Shapiro has served 30-plus years in public service including her storied tenure as Texas State Senator from 1993 to 2013. Shapiro also spent six terms on the Plano City Council, served as the Mayor of Plano and President of the Texas Municipal League. Her series of bills known as “Ashley’s Laws,” which severely punishes sexual predators, became national benchmarks and earned her the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas’s “Legislator of the Year Award.” She also accompanied U.S. President George W. Bush as part of an international delegation to celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary. The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, she is presently serving as Vice President of the Dallas Holocaust Museum for Tolerance and Education. She also serves on the boards of the Southwestern Medical Foundation, University of Texas at Austin Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, Communities Foundation of Texas and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Shapiro and her husband Howard have been married for 43 years and are the proud parents of three children and ten grandchildren.