Salute to Healthcare

The 2018 Salute to Healthcare Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 8th 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. Jeremy Lyon recently retired as superintendent of Frisco ISD after a 31-year career in education. Since his retirement in 2017 he has worked with the youth division of The Cooper Institute and has formed a consulting business to help school leaders implement strategies to improve health and wellness outcomes for students and school staff. During his career as an educator he served as a teacher, coach, principal, and for 14 years as a superintendent. During his tenure in Frisco, he spearheaded a district strategic plan that embraced the Whole Child concept of balancing academics with physical, social, and emotional supports for students. He also led Frisco ISD in creating unique public-private partnerships with Baylor Scott & White Hospital and the Dallas Cowboys. The partnerships are centered on creating extraordinary opportunities for all students to learn and participate in safe and healthy activities.

Dr. Lyon received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1984 and completed his doctoral degree in school administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He was a fellow of the Cooperative Superintendent Program at U.T.-Austin and part of the 1999 cohort of graduates.

Dr. Lyon received the Nolan Estes Leadership Ascension award in 2009 from the University of Texas Department of Education. In 2012 he was recognized by the American School Health Association as the recipient of the National Superintendent’s School Health Leadership award. Dr. Lyon was the first school superintendent to serve on an affiliate board of the American Heart Association. He is passionate about improving student and staff fitness and health within schools and school districts.

Dr. Lyon is married to Dr. Ellen Lyon and they have two boys, Weston and Michael.

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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.