Not all CEOs have the privilege of beginning and ending a major philanthropic campaign during his or her tenure. I, however, was one of the fortunate ones!
The Vision campaign was visionary in the truest sense of the word, if not hallucinatory. At no time in our history had we raised $100 million. Our last campaign, the Greater Century campaign, required more than ten years to raise half that amount. Nonetheless, we knew that there was much to be done.
Philanthropy touched every aspect of our growth over the last decade, whether it was new hospitals or clinics, innovative educational programs or research projects, enhanced family and patient-centered care, or large community-based wellness initiatives. It made the difference in the lives of thousands of patients, and the impact will be felt well into the future.
People make philanthropy happen. People with interest, capability and passion; people who were themselves affected, or who watched a family member or a friend deal with a health challenge. Getting to know these people was the greatest honor of my 11-year tenure.
I am often asked what the greatest achievement of my time as CEO of Scott & White was. It was seeing our mission in action and witnessing the transformation of Scott & White as we provided the most personalized, comprehensive and highest quality healthcare enhanced by medical education and research. Our journey has begun, and the future is our Vision—to be the most Trusted and Valued name in American Healthcare.
We’ve chosen to celebrate the successful close of the Vision Campaign through our quarterly magazine, THE CATALYST. You can visit swcatalyst.org to read all about the dynamic impact our communities’ generosity had on the enhancement and expansion of exceptional patient care over the last decade.