Employee of the Year

Employee of the Year

A salute to the North Texas hospital workforce, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation Workforce Center’s Employee of the Year Luncheon is celebrating 18 years of success. Last year, 13 recipients and 100 nominees were honored. This luncheon is an opportunity for metroplex hospitals to acknowledge exceptional employees and boost morale. It is an event where nominees lunch with hospital executives. Not only do hospital CEOs attend, they stand side-by-side with their honorees. Winners, in the tradition of an awards show, are announced at the luncheon.

Employee of the Year 2014 Keynote Speaker

David Hira

David Hira’s love for magic began when he was a child living in Chicago. His dad took him to a show at McCormick Place Convention Center where he saw his first live magician. David instantly fell in love with magic and began performing shows when he was in junior high. Watching master magician David Copperfield on television inspired his performances. As David developed as a magician, he began to see that his magic was more than simple entertainment – it was proof that anything is possible! David loves to show people how they have this ability in their own lives. Through his magic, David strives to show people how to find ways to achieve their goals.

The lessons David learned through his magic have helped him throughout his professional careers in marketing, electronics and foreign trade. His persistence in finding ways to accomplish his goals combined with his passion for helping others make David the ideal speaker to inspire successful teams and employees.

While David tours around the world from his home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, he is also dedicated to his family, community and church. David and his wife have three grown children who live in Austin and Chicago. David is also on the Board of Directors for the Duncanville Community Theatre and serves on The Board of Governors at The Park City Club in Dallas.


2013 Award Recipients

Rex McRae Scholarship:

  • Vanita Currin, Nurse Extern, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Student, El Centro College

Physician Award:

  • Dr. Hoyt Frenzel, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital

Volunteer Award:

  • Al Wexler, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth

Community Service Award:

  • Adam Whitman, Registered Nurse, HCA’s Medical Center of Lewisville

System Award:

  • Gaylene Stengel, Program Manager, Texas Health Resources

Special Recognition Awards:

  • Laura Sullivan, Registered Nurse, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
  • Sharon Smith, Registered Nurse, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
  • Mary Jo Walters, Nursing Clinical Coordinator, Methodist Charlton Medical Center
  • Erica Lax, Exercise Physiologist, HCA’s Medical City Dallas Hospital

Employee of the Year Awards:

  • Jill Hannebaum, Speech Therapist, Our Children’s House at Baylor
  • Valorie Graves, Food Service Cashier, Hunt Regional Medical Center
  • Christine Roberts, Registered Nurse, Educator, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine
  • Heather Storie, Speech Pathologist, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth