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 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.

Employee of the Year 2015 Keynote Speaker

Chad Fleming

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.

2015 Award Recipients

Rex McRae Scholarship:

  • Megan Hill, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center/El Centro College

Nurse Preceptor Award:

  • Maneoly Casaquite, Unit Supervisor, HCA’s North Hills Hospital

Physician Award:

  • Dr. Kevin Martens, HCA’s Medical Center of McKinney

Volunteer Award:

  • Clarence Griffith, Baylor Jack & Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital

Community Service Award:

  • Nancy Valant, Staff Nurse, Methodist Dallas Medical System

System Award:

  • Darla Whitmire, Administrative Coordinator HR, UT Southwestern University Hospitals

Special Recognition Awards:

  • Anthony Dinsay, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance
  • Jenny Murray, Nursing Supervisor, Tenet’s Centennial Medical Center
  • Mary Harrison, Supervisor Housekeeping, UT Southwestern Clements University Hospital
  • Lou Ann Shumate, Clinical Lab Assistant, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Employee of the Year Awards:

  • Chris Talatala, Operating Room Nurse, Texas Health Southlake
  • Michelle De La Cruz, Nurse Practitioner, Baylor Medical Center at Carrollton
  • Vernon Lee, Catering Aide, Cook Children’s Health Care System
  • Susan Mericle, Art Therapist Psychiatric Services, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas