from Dr. Byington
November 2018: Thanksgiving Message
To the HSC community,
It’s that time of year again, when we gather around the table with our families and friends to reflect upon our many blessings. For me, this list is long.
I am grateful for our faculty and staff. Our university was created to improve lives through education, research and service, and thanks to the dedication of our faculty and staff, we never stop coming up with innovative ways to fulfill that mission. I am deeply grateful to serve alongside a group of individuals who work tirelessly in their pursuit of excellence. Our patients, communities and the state of Texas is healthier because of your passion and diligence.
I am grateful for our students. Our future dentists, nurses, medical scientists, pharmacists, physicians and public health professionals represent the next generation of health care professionals poised to tackle the health challenges of the 21st century. Some of you are already leading by example, in your spare time volunteering in underserved communities across the state or organizing the first-ever SHIFT Case Competition aimed at improving rural medicine. I am thankful for your enthusiasm for health care, it is an inspiration to us all.
I am grateful for the patients and clients who trust us with their lives, and the lives of their loved ones. The communities we serve across the state are vibrant, even when faced with limited resources. I am honored we can serve the individuals and families who call these communities home, and I am thankful that they trust Texas A&M with their health care needs. I am also filled with hope and excitement for the future of patient care at Texas A&M—especially as it relates to our Interprofessional Faculty Practice Plan.
I am grateful for our community partners. Many of our ambitious ideas necessitate partners to join in our cause. From hospital systems and private corporations to university colleagues, together, we’re improving the health and well-being of so many Texans. I am thankful that our network of partners continues to grow, including 59th Medical Wing, Agape Clinic, Baylor Scott & White, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, CHI St. Joseph Health, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Corpus Christi Medical Center, Dallas County Juvenile Board, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist Hospital, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Seton Medical Center Williamson, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Medical Center, Texas Medical Foundation, and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Together, we are leveraging our resources and leading from our strengths for the greatest impact.
I am grateful for our donors. The generosity of our donors helps us attract the best, the brightest and the most deserving students to the Health Science Center. Thank you to Sue and Joe Knowles ’50—who made the largest gift in the history of health sciences at Texas A&M, a $7 million planned gift for endowed scholarships for nursing and medical students with a rural preference; Kathy and Rick Spletter, who supported the first-ever EnMed Scholarship; Derrith and Robert Bondurant ’80, who named EnMed the recipient of a planned gift; my sister, Denise Byington ’86 and her daughter, Caroline Garcia, who created an endowment for the College of Medicine; Likith and Deval Reddy and Dr. N. Sue Seale, who supported the College of Dentistry with generous gifts; and Ms. Theresa Mszar and Dr. Rosemary Langston, whose gifts will benefit the College of Nursing. Additionally, many members of the College of Medicine’s Rapport Society leveraged its matching funds to establish seven new scholarships for medical students. These are just a few of the many generous donors that have given to the institution in recent months.
Finally, personally, I am appreciative for the opportunity to work in a field that is so dear to my heart. I entered medicine to make a difference—to spend my life in the service of others. I am proud to say that, working shoulder-to-shoulder with so many talented men and women whom I admire and respect, I am fulfilling my life’s work each day at Texas A&M. I am very proud and humbled to be part of this institution.
I encourage you to celebrate this holiday with gratitude and say thank you to those you value and contribute to your success.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.
With warmest wishes
Carrie L. Byington, MD