Today, I am wishing a long-time Texas Children’s employee farewell as she embarks on her next amazing chapter. Dace Reinholds, Director of Corporate Governance, is retiring after more than two decades of dedicated service to Texas Children’s.
Dace started at Texas Children’s Hospital in October 1990, some 26 years and seven months ago. When she arrived, we still just had one building – the seven-floor, 350,000 square-foot Abercrombie Building. Since then, Dace has helped us navigate more than 50 corporate organizational structures and restructures. As the Director of Corporate Governance, Dace develops and implements the governance policies, processes and procedures, which are basically the framework by which we operate.
In her role, she works closely with Texas Children’s Board of Trustees, the governing body of the organization. In the past 26 years, Dace has worked with 13 Board chairs, 13 Board presidents and an untold number of Board committee chairs. She has been a huge part of all of our growth and success. And she has been a big part of my success as well. Because of her insight, intuition, and deep understanding of our mission, Dace has always worked to ensure that our governance structure is in step with – and even ahead of – where it needs to be to support our next strategic move. Having thoughtful, proactive governance is critical to the success of a rapidly growing organization like Texas Children’s. And Dace has been integral to every single thing that the Board, leadership team and I have done during the past 26 years.
One of the contributions that I’m particularly appreciative of is the work Dace did with writer Betsey Parrish on Legacy: 50 Years of Loving Care, Texas Children’s Hospital. This book was published to celebrate Texas Children’s history on our 50th anniversary. Dace and Betsey worked on the book for nearly two years. Betsey was the author, but the book simply would not have happened without Dace. She was really the catalyst that pulled all of the ideas and information together, which was so important to documenting and sharing the incredible story of Texas Children’s Hospital. I will be forever grateful for her role in bringing this book to life.
I know that I speak for many when I say we are going to miss Dace, but no one will miss her more than I will. Thank you, Dace, for a job very well done. We are all wishing you a happy, blessed and adventurous retirement.
Board of Trustees Resolution presented to Dace Reinholds on May 8, 2017:
WHEREAS, since joining Texas Children’s Hospital in October 1990, Dace Reinholds has given generously of her time, providing invaluable counsel and unparalleled support to the organization’s mission and continued success;
WHEREAS, Dace, having served as Director of Corporate Governance and Corporate Secretary for Texas Children’s; Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees, and Assistant Secretary of each corporate Board of Directors, has imparted the value of quality governance and fiscal responsibility and impacted the success of the Board and overall performance of the organization;
WHEREAS, she spearheaded development of the corporate structure, from the Texas Children’s Hospital Integrated Delivery System to the current Texas Children’s corporate structure approved by the Board of Trustees in 2011;
WHEREAS, Dace has been an impactful, larger-than-life and resilient force behind Texas Children’s historic openings and expansions, including those of:
The West Tower;
The Mark A. Wallace Tower;
The Feigin Center;
The Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute;
Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus;
Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women;
And Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands;
WHEREAS, she has coordinated nearly 2,000 meetings of the Board of Trustees, Board Committee and Corporate Board, has written more than 100 Board of Trustees’ resolutions of appreciation and fulfilled innumerable other behind-the-scenes, yet critical needs;
WHEREAS, Dace is the trusted confidant, friend, counsel and right hand of Mark Wallace, a devoted and indispensable liaison to the Board, a generous advocate and ambassador for the hospital in the community, and an insightful, invaluable source of institutional knowledge to countless others throughout Texas Children’s;
IT IS NOW, THEREFORE, RESOLVED, that in recognition and honor of her 26 years of service and dedication to Texas Children’s, the members of the Board of Trustees of Texas Children’s express their deepest gratitude and sincere appreciation to Dace Reinholds for her tireless and continued commitment to the organization and the families we serve.
UNANIMOUSLY adopted this 4th day of May, 2017.