Annual Awards Luncheon

Annual Awards Luncheon

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.

Annual Awards Luncheon 2015 Keynote Speaker

Jon Meacham

In his recent bestseller, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham wrote about Thomas Jefferson as a man in a rapidly changing world who understood the art of power. He will discuss such historic expertise October 29 during the DFW Hospital Council’s 67th Annual Awards Luncheon at Arlington Convention Center. Meacham is the author of the No. 1 bestseller “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power,” named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times. Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for “American Lion,” his bestselling 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson. His most recent book, “Destiny and Power,” detailing the life of U.S. President George H. W. Bush, was released this year. Meacham is a former editor of Newsweek and a regular television guest on Morning Joe, where he’s known to “joust” on occasion with host Joe Scarborough. He and his wife live with their three children in Nashville.

2015 Distinguished Health Service Award

Dr. Merlyn Sayers

Merlyn H. Sayers, MBBCh, PhD

The DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) has announced that Dr. Merlyn Sayers, a physician with 35 years of experience in transfusion science medicine and President/CEO of Carter BloodCare since its formation in 1996, will be the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Health Service Award. The honor will be presented during DFWHC’s Annual Awards Luncheon, October 29 at Arlington Convention Center.
Carter BloodCare, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the largest blood bank in Texas, supplying 90 percent of the blood products used in the 58-county area around North, Central and East Texas. With a staff of more than 1,000, the organization collects close to 400,000 blood donations a year and is recognized nationally as a center of excellence.

Dr. Sayers was born in Reading, Berkshire, England and received his medical degree and PhD from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. After immigrating to the U.S., he completed fellowships in hematology, oncology and blood banking and transfusion medicine at the University of Washington. He subsequently joined the university faculty in the Department of Medicine and also served as the Medical Director for the Puget Sound Blood Center in Seattle. Dr. Sayers is also on the faculty of the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. His current research involves community and public health, particularly among teenagers.

2015 Premier Sponsors:

  GroupOne Services

Former Distinguished Health Service Award Recipients:

  • Florence Shapiro
  • T. Boone Pickens
  • Mayor Mike and Rosie Moncrief
  • Val Wilkie, Jr.
  • Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt
  • Ross and Margot Perot

Former Boone Powell, Sr.
Award recipients:

  • Joel Allison
  • J.C. Montgomery, Jr.
  • Ron J. Anderson, MD
  • George D. Farr
  • Douglas Hawthorne

Former Annual Awards Luncheon Keynote Speakers:

  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • James Carville and Mary Matalin
  • Ted Koppel
  • Joe Scarborough
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Norman Schwarzkopf
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Colin Powell
  • Henry Kissinger
  • David Brinkley