The foundation raises funds to support clinical, educational and research programs across the health system, according to its website. The foundation supports all of the Texas Health Resources hospitals, including 14 major hospitals in the North Texas area, foundation President Laura McWhorter said.
McWhorter and Vice President Sarah Higdon Humphrey visited the Texas Health Allen hospital May 3 to celebrate the hospital’s certification as a primary stroke center. The certification establishes the hospital as the go-to medical facility in Allen and surrounding communities for those who have suffered from a stroke.
Texas Health Resources is a not-for-profit health care system that belongs to the community, McWhorter said. The system has served the North Texas area for about 25 years across 16 counties, according to its website.
“Everything that we do, we reinvest into our hospitals, into making sure that we have the best care teams and staff,” she said.
The foundation focuses on providing philanthropic support for the Texas Health system by organizing fundraisers and accepting fiscal donations. Since the foundation’s founding, donations have funded the Jane and John Justin Tower expansion in Fort Worth, Texas Health Allen’s primary stroke center certification and enhancements to the Texas Health Plano NICU Family Resource Center.
The foundation is made up of three teams that operate in Dallas, Fort Worth and the metroplex’s north region. When looking at the growth happening in Collin and Denton counties a couple of years ago, McWhorter said they needed to start a dedicated team for that area.
“We know that giving is local,” McWhorter said. “People support their community, their hospital, so it was really important for us to embed a team here at the community.”
The team has developed local knowledge and relationships while being highly visible to support the area’s hospitals, she said. The team is led by Humphrey and is fully staffed.
The team’s mission is to build awareness of the Texas Health system in the community while building and strengthening collaborative partnerships through its community health initiatives, Humphrey said.
They often have representatives and advocates out in the communities as the foundation works to address needs inside the hospitals, Humphrey said. But plenty of the work comes from being in the community.
“The true impact is measured in lives that have been changed [and] improved,” McWhorter said.
How to help:
People can make financial donations to the Texas Health Resources Foundation via its website. Several types of financial donation options are available, including:
- Honor and memorial gifts
- Grateful hearts
- Corporate giving
- Special projects
- Joining one of Texas Health’s giving societies
- Becoming a Birthday Buddy in support of Texas Health’s neonatal intensive-care units
- Planning a fundraiser in support of the foundation
Contact the foundation
612 E. Lamar Blvd., Arlington, Texas