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 19 years of success. Last year, 14 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.
Captain Chad Fleming, a member of the U.S. Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment, has been chosen to serve as this year’s keynote speaker. He was deployed six times overseas and wounded in combat three times. He has undergone two-dozen surgeries from his injuries, one of which resulted in the amputation of his left leg. While most would assume this would conclude his military service, Captain Fleming has been re-deployed five times since.
After serving with distinction and receiving two Bronze Star medals with Valor and three Purple Hearts, he retired from active duty. Today, he competes in marathons, triathlons and cycling events across the U.S. Captain Fleming’s message is inspired by his uncommon resilience, perseverance and a “Never Quit” attitude.
He served as an inspiration to the 2010 U.S. Olympic Hockey and has spoken to both college and professional sports teams. Like the “Healthcare Heroes” to be honored May 1, Captain Fleming is a true American hero.