November 2016

Some kind of special: Remembering Dr. Denton A. Cooley

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World renowned surgical pioneer Dr. Denton A. Cooley once said, “I find I’m luckier when I work harder.” We at Texas Children’s were actually the “lucky” ones. A few days ago, we lost one of the greatest surgeons of the 20th century. But for decades, we were recipients of Dr. Cooley’s gifted hands and mind, and we will be forever grateful for the indelible impact he made on the… Read More

Category: In memoriam

The legacy of George A. Peterkin, Jr.

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Yesterday, I said a last goodbye to George A. Peterkin, Jr. – a good friend and avid supporter of Texas Children’s Hospital for nearly 50 years.

George joined the Texas Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees in 1967. His 49 years on our Board is the longest in the hospital’s history. George also served as Board president in 1978 and 1979, and then as chairman from 1987 through 1991. In addition, he… Read More

Category: In memoriam

Knowing when to change course

Mark Wallace is flanked by the 2017 Catalyst Leadership Award recipients, including, from left: Dan Christopher, Dr. Judith Campbell, Ashley Simms, Amanda Austin Ward (Catalyst Leader of the Year) and Mari Trace.

Mark Wallace is flanked by the 2017 Catalyst Leadership Award recipients, including, from left: Dan Christopher, Dr. Judith Campbell, Ashley Simms, Amanda Austin Ward (Catalyst Leader of the Year) and Mari Trace.

During the recent Catalyst Leadership Award Celebration, I was reminded that authentic leadership and culture sometimes shine brightest when we make mistakes. I want to share a story that Linda Aldred told the audience at the celebration luncheon.

She explained how, about a week before the celebration luncheon, two employees emailed me after we announced Texas Children’s was selected by Houston Business Journal for the 11th year in a row… Read More

Category: Leadership