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HARRIS COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT FOUNDATION PAST CHAIRMAN RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
H. Ben Taub honored by Mayor’s Volunteer Houston
HOUSTON (April 23, 2012)- Harris County Hospital District Foundation immediate past Chairman, H. Ben Taub, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Volunteer Houston in partnership with the City of Houston Mayor’s Office. The awards luncheon, which has been honoring individuals with exceptional volunteer service to the Houston community since 1984, will be held on May 10, 2012.
“I am sure there are many people in Houston more deserving of this award, but I am deeply honored to do my small part in continuing the Taub family legacy by contributing back to the community” said Mr. Taub, who has served on the HCHD Foundation Board of Trustees since 1996.
He was elected 1st vice chairman in August 1998. He was elected chairman in July 2000, a position he held until March 2012.
During his tenure, the HCHD Foundation created one of its signature events, the Jubilee of Caring, to present the prestigious Ben Taub Humanitarian Award honoring community leaders. Past recipients of the award include Ginni and Richard Mithoff, Dr. Michael DeBakey, J. Evans Atwell, Ned Holmes, Ben Love, former Mayor Bob Lanier, and Gerald D. Hines.
Other HCHD Foundation accomplishments under the administration of H. Ben Taub include a ten million dollar Children’s Health Fund endowment from Ginni and Richard Mithoff to support children’s health issues in Harris County; the creation of Henry J. N. Taub Trauma Endowment Fund; collaboration with Ronald McDonald House Charities to provide a mobile health unit for the hospital district; and funds raised for a mobile mammography van; playrooms built at Ben Taub and Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospitals; the inauguration of the Texas Med 5K Fun Run; and the development of a horticultural therapy garden recently completed at Quentin Mease Hospital.
In 2008, under the board’s leadership, the Foundation launched its first capital campaign for a new outpatient tower, breast care center and radiation therapy center. The largest gift in the Foundation’s history came about because of this initiative: a $15 million donation from The Lester and Sue Smith Foundation. The capital campaign was a resounding success and the Smith Outpatient Clinic building will open in fall 2012, with a projected 160,000 specialty patient care visits annually.
The mission of the Harris County Hospital District Foundation is to support the Harris County Hospital District in the delivery of high-quality health care to Harris County residents.