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Legends Award

The Legends Award is a special award of merit given to those leaders who went above and beyond the call of duty for hospitals, patients and the health care industry throughout their careers. Honorees are retired hospital or health care system CEOs who served in Texas have made significant contributions to THA and to the health care industry.

Contact:
Ollie Jo Bozeman, 512/465-1007

2017 Award Winner
Michael C. Waters, LFACHE

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Michael Waters, LFACHE, former president/CEO of Hendrick Health System in Abilene, was the recipient of the 2017 Texas Hospital Association’s Legends Award. THA’s Legends Award is an honor bestowed on health care greats who had an extraordinary impact on Texas hospitals, patients and the health care industry throughout their career.

Waters is no stranger to being recognized for his achievements in the health care industry. The Texas Hospital Association honored him in 1995 with its Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration.

While at Hendrick Health System, Waters built strong relationships, and his visionary leadership had a profound effect on his colleagues and employees. Over the course of his 24-year tenure at Hendrick Health System, Waters led the expansion of Hendrick Medical Center as a true regional medical center serving large portions of West Central and West Texas.

In addition to his service to Hendrick Health System, Waters chaired the THA Board of Trustees, the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board and the American College of Health Care Executives Board of Governors. Michael Waters is a legend in the health care industry and the perfect recipient of the THA’s Legends Award.

Presented during the THA Board of Trustees Dinner on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.


2016 Award Winner
Larry Mathis

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Larry Mathis, former president/CEO of Methodist Hospital System in Houston, is no stranger to success or being recognized for his many accomplishments. The Texas Hospital Association honored him in 1991 with its Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration. Mathis was THA’s choice for its firstever Legends Award, an honor bestowed on health care greats who had an extraordinary impact on Texas hospitals, patients and the health care industry throughout their career.

While at Methodist, Mathis emphasized respect, dignity and service. His leadership and humility had a profound effect on his colleagues and employees, who still sing his praises today. Over the course of his 26-year tenure at Houston Methodist, Mathis’ enriched many people’s lives. He left at Methodist a legacy of greatness and leadership.

Under Mathis’ leadership, Methodist weathered numerous changes to the health care industry, and ultimately, it thrived. His emphasis on making every employee feel valued quickly made the hospital one of the nation’s most coveted places to work. Mathis positioned the hospital to grow from a single facility to the system that Houston Methodist is today—an organization of 16 corporations and 37 affiliated hospitals.

In addition to his service to Houston Methodist, Mathis chaired the American College of Health Care Executives, the American Hospital Association, and the THA Board of Trustees.

Larry Mathis truly is a legend and the perfect recipient for THA’s inaugural Legends Award.

Presented during the THA Board of Trustees Dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.

In 2016, the THA Board of Trustees identified a need to recognize retired health care leaders for their years of dedication and outstanding service to the health care industry. The board established the Legends Award to meet this need.

Nominees must be former hospital or health care system CEOs who served in Texas and have been retired from the health care industry for at least five years. In addition, they must have made significant contributions to THA and be a respected leader in the health care industry in the state of Texas.

Selection Criteria
Nominees must demonstrate outstanding achievements and leadership within the health care industry. Nominees will be recognized for their collective body of work throughout their careers.

Nominations may be supported by letters; press releases; financial information; information about patient outcomes, programs and services; and any other information that validates the candidate’s leadership achievements (maximum 15 pages).

Selection Process
The Earl M. Collier Award Selection Committee will select the recipient of the Legends Award. The selection committee is composed of the THA chairman and appointed past recipients of the Collier Award.

Presentation
The honoree will be featured in THA publications and recognized at the board dinner held in conjunction with the THA Annual Conference and Expo.

Step 1. Complete the nomination form

Step 2. Attach up to 15 pages of supporting documents, including a one-page summary of the nominee’s professional achievements and contributions to the health care industry.

Step 3. Be sure all materials are completed and SUBMITTED by the posted deadline.

Questions? Contact Ollie Jo Bozeman at obozeman@tha.org or 512/465-1007.