Salute to Healthcare

The 2019 Salute to Healthcare Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 7th at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center. The Salute to Healthcare Banquet is an annual banquet held to honor the health care industry in Lufkin and Angelina County. Each year, awards are given to exceptional health care professionals in four categories: 

  • Health Care Professional of the Year: Physician, Dentist, Health Care Administrator, Department Head, Allied Health Professional
  • Nurse of the Year: Nurse
  • Individual of Merit: Board Member, Philanthropist, Journalist, Government Official, Company or Foundation Executive, Community Leader, Volunteer
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: The Lifetime Achievement Award is designed to honor an individual, who, over his/her lifetime, has made a significant impact or changed the history in the health care industry in Angelina County.

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Guest Speaker


Dr. Robert Morrow serves as the market president of Houston and Southeast Texas at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). He leads the company's statewide efforts on media and public relations, executive communications and influence strategy in coordination with sales and account management, network, policy development, government and community relations. He most recently served as the region's Chief Medical Officer.

Prior to his time at BCBSTX, Dr. Morrow served as the Director of Medical Quality for the Rural and Community Health Institute of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and was recently asked to sit on their Board of Advisors. His previous experience also serving as the Chief Medical Officer for Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston and practicing privately in Family Medicine. Dr. Morrow is a graduate of the Memorial Hermann Southwest Family Practice training program in Houston and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University and received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Morrow serves on the Greater Houston Partnership's Board of Directors. As a champion for public health, he is on the Board of Directors for the Houston Division of the Southwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association. He also sits on the University of Texas School of Public Health Fleming Center Board and the Board of Affiliates for the Professional Science & Engineering Master's Program at Rice University. In addition, Dr. Morrow serves as Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the Texas Medical Foundation, Health Quality Institute. He has been an active member of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) throughout his career where his involvement includes serving in a number of leadership positions, including as Chair of the Council on Public Health and a member of the Councils on Legislation and Medical Education. Currently he serves on the Council on Health Care Quality. Dr. Morrow is a member of the TMA House of Delegates and completed 14 years as a delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA). He also serves on the TMA PracticeEdge Board of Directors. Additionally, Dr. Morrow serves on the Board of Directors of the Caring Foundation of Texas and recently accepted an appointment to the Board for Faith in Practice, an organization that provides year-round medical mission work in Guatemala.

Dr. Morrow has been married to his wife, Beth, for more than 32 years, and they have two children and three grandchildren.


Who Can Be Nominated?

Any individual, institution, professional, student, volunteer or program, who through their individual or collective actions have made an extraordinary impact in the Lufkin/Angelina County health care community.

Their acts will represent a display of dedication to excellence in their area of expertise beyond the scope of their jobs. Through their commitment to their profession and community, they serve as an inspiration to others in an effort to improve the quality of health care and discover new ways to assist those in need.