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 20 years of success. Last year, 14 recipients and 100 nominees were honored. This luncheon is an opportunity for North Texas hospitals to acknowledge exceptional employees and boost morale. It is an event where nominees lunch with hospital executives. Winners, in the tradition of an awards show, are announced at the luncheon.

Employee of the Year 2016 Keynote Speaker

Derreck Kayongo

Derreck Kayongo fled civil war in Uganda and settled in the U.S. when he was just ten years old. Now a successful entrepreneur, Kayongo is a renowned expert in global health. Kayongo is the founder of the Global Soap Project, a program which takes donated, melted, purified and reprocessed hotel soap and redistributes it to vulnerable populations around the world.

Today, Kayongo is the CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights capitalizing on the leadership experience he has developed over the last 20 years working for such Noble Peace Prizing-winning organizations as Amnesty International.

The Global Soap Project is active in 32 countries and has given away more than two million bars of soap to refugees, including people affected by humanitarian disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis. Currently, more than 5,000 hotels are members of the Global Soap Project recycling program in the U.S. Kayongo was honored as one of CNN’s Top Ten Heroes in 2011.

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