9th Annual Salute to Healthcare Banquet

9th Annual Salute to Healthcare Banquet

Published Wednesday, October 26, 2016

For the ninth year, the Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce hosts the Salute to Healthcare Banquet presented by CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial. The Banquet recognizes and honors the exemplary achievements of several individuals in the local medical community.

This year’s banquet features guest speaker, Dorit Donoviel, Ph.D. As Deputy Chief Scientist, Dr. Donoviel oversees the diverse portfolio of science and technology research and development projects at National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) that address the challenges faced by humans in space. She is giving a presentation over “Space: The Final Healthcare Frontier”.  Donoviel leads the NSBRI Industry Forum and the SMARTCAP grant program that funds and mentors small startup companies. She is also the Director of the Laboratory for Biomedical Innovations where she evaluates new technologies and countermeasures that have the potential to transform medical care in space and on Earth.

A published scientist herself, Dr. Donoviel interfaces with NASA at many levels ensuring programmatic alignment with the highest risks to human space flight while safeguarding scientific excellence. She is the recipient of several NASA Human Research Program awards and the NSBRI Outstanding Leadership Award, and serves on many advisory and review boards, and lectures about the space life sciences both nationally and internationally.

 With a reception starting the event, the banquet is set for Thursday, November 10, 6pm at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center.  Those in our healthcare community will be honored by spotlighting their important impact on the region.Four awards will be given; Nurse of the Year, Health Care Professional of the Year, Individual of Merit, and a special Lifetime Achievement Award. After receiving some highly-qualified nominations for each of the categories, an anonymous panel of judges has made the selections.

Previous recipients include: 

  • Nurse of the Year: Norma Sanford, RN (2008), Cathy Busbee, RN (2009) and Patricia Jones, RN (2010), Doris Weatherford, RN (2011), John Brink, RN (2012), Ann Watson, RN (2013), Connie Dubose, CRNA (2014), Angie Whitley, RN-C (2015)
  • Health Care Professional of the Year: Ravinder Bachireddy, M.D. (2008), Sid Roberts, M.D. (2009) and Demetress Harrell (2010), George Fidone, M.D.  (2011), Kaywin Carter, M.D. (2012), J.S. Chandra, M.D. (2013), Clifton Cathcart, D.O. (2014), Buford T. Abeldt, RPh (2015)
  • Individual of Merit: Ray Polk (2008), Ward Burke (2009) and Simon “Bubba” Henderson III (2010), Don Newland (2011), Patricia McKenzie, M.D. (2012), TLL Temple Foundation (2013), G. William Newton, M.D. (2014), Susan Rushing (2015)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: W.D. Thames, M.D. (2008), Anna Beth Connell, M.D. (2009) and George Thannisch, M.D. (2010), Dan Spivey, M.D. (2011), Jacob Thomas, M.D. (2012), Shirley Dixon, LVN (2013), Millicent Irish, RN (2014), Billy Gene Kistler, MD (2015)

Tickets to the banquet are $40 per person and reserved tables are $500 with preferred seating for eight. For more information about this event, please contact The Chamber at 936.634.6644 or visit the website at www.LufkinTexas.org.

Thank you to Presenting Sponsor CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial; Gold Sponsor Lufkin ET; Silver Sponsors Lufkin Economic Development Corporation, Woodland Heights Medical Center; Reception Sponsor: Angelina Radiation Oncology Associates; Speaker Sponsor: Boston Scientific.