Salute to Healthcare

The 2017 Salute to Healthcare Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 9th 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

Sheri Fink is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Crown, 2013) about choices made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She is a correspondent at the New York Times, where her and her colleagues' stories on the West Africa Ebola crisis were recognized with the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, the George Polk Award for health reporting, and the Overseas Press Club Hal Boyle Award. Her story "The Deadly Choices at Memorial," co-published by ProPublica and the New York Times Magazine, received a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and a National Magazine Award for reporting. A former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, Fink received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her first book, War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival (PublicAffairs), is about medical professionals under siege during the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Five Days at Memorial was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction, the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for nonfiction, the Ridenhour Book Prize, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award, the American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Award, and the NASW Science in Society Journalism Book Award.


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.