Jon Meacham to serve as luncheon keynote speaker


IRVING, TX – In his recent bestseller “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham described Jefferson as a man in a rapidly changing world who was a master of compromise. In support of the theme “The Art of Good Healthcare,” Meacham has been chosen as the keynote speaker for the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council’s (DFWHC) 66th Annual Awards Luncheon, October 21 at Arlington Convention Center.

Carrying on a tradition of prominent speakers to stand at DFWHC’s luncheon podium, Meacham will join an exclusive club including Doris Kearns Goodwin, James Carville, Mary Matalin, Buzz Aldrin, Margaret Thatcher, Colin Powell, David Brinkley and George Will.

In addition to his No. 1 bestseller detailing the life of Jefferson, Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for “American Lion,” his bestselling 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson. He is also the author of “Franklin and Winston” and “American Gospel.”

“Mr. Meacham is one of America’s great historians,” said W. Stephen Love, president/CEO of DFWHC. “He has documented the achievements of many visionaries. In today’s changing healthcare market, his presentation should provide not only insight but great inspiration for our regional leaders.”

An executive editor of Random House, Meacham is also a former editor of Newsweek and a regular television guest on Meet the Press, Morning Joe and Charlie Rose. He and his wife live with their three children in Nashville.

During the luncheon, DFWHC will recognize the Distinguished Health Service Award recipient, the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year and the Kerney Laday, Sr. Trustee of the Year. The event will be in the convention center’s main ballroom with a reception beginning at 11 a.m.

Sponsorships are now available. For more information, please contact Kristin Alexander at or Chris Wilson at You can also call 972-719-4900.

DFWHC is an 88 hospital and 95 associate member trade organization with more than 45 years of service to North Texas healthcare. Governed by a Board of Trustees made up of hospital executive officers, the hospital trade association is committed to the continuous improvement of patient care.

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December 9, 2014

Chris Wilson
(972) 719-4900