Presidential Council Bestows Highest Honor on HMFW Vice President
08/23/2006

FORT WORTH, Texas – The country's highest award for volunteer service has been awarded to Lillie Biggins, vice president of operations at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital (HMFW). With more than 23,000 hours of service to the community, serving on committees and boards and chairing philanthropic boards, Biggins is being recognized for her contagious American spirit that encourages others to become involved in their communities through volunteer service and civic participation.

Established in 2003, the President's Volunteer Service Award and Call to Service Award were created by President George W. Bush to give presidential recognition to individuals, families and groups who meet requirements for volunteer service, measured by the number of service hours performed over a 12-month period and over a lifetime. Individuals who achieve more than 4,000 hours of community service are eligible for the President's Call to Service Award. Biggins far exceeded this requirement and is now being honored for her service to the Tarrant and surrounding communities.

A Career of Service
A 30-year veteran of health care and community volunteerism in the Dallas/Forth Worth Metroplex, Biggins serves on the board of the American Heart Association, is the vice-chair for the American Cancer Society board and the DFW International Airport board, is the chair for the Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County and for the DFW International Airport board operations committee and serves on the North Texas Business Opportunities for Leadership Diversity (BOLD) Initiative and University of Texas at Arlington advisory boards.

“We are extremely proud to recognize a distinguished leader of this hospital and of this community with such a high honor,” said Barclay Berdan, president of Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital and executive vice president of Texas Health Resources. “Lillie has been a role model to our employees, physicians, volunteers and community members for more than 30 years as she selflessly gives of her time, talent and heart to improve the health of the communities we serve.”

Her talent and compassion throughout her career for the health care field and Tarrant and surrounding communities have not gone unnoticed. Biggins has been named one of Dallas and Fort Worth's Great 100 Nurses, Board Member of the Year by the American Heart Association, YWCA's Tribute to Women in Business, Nurse of the Year from the Brooks and Gray Sorority and Who's Who in the Fort Worth Business Press.

Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief added, “Ms. Biggins is an exceptional leader who is tremendously devoted to serving the residents of Fort Worth. “

Biggins' volunteer work does not fall far from the spirit of volunteering seen at the hospital in which she serves as vice president. This year more than 40 volunteers of HMFW were honored with the presidential Call to Service Award, honoring these individuals for more than 4,000 hours of service to their community during their lifetime.

About the President's Volunteer Service Award
The President's Volunteer Service Award is issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by President George W. Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to the nation. Chaired by two-time Super Bowl Champion Darrell Green, with former U.S. Senators Bob Dole and John Glenn as honorary co-chairs, the council comprises leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofits and volunteer service organizations, and community volunteering.

About Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
Opened in 1930, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital is a Magnet-designated hospital, and Tarrant County's largest and busiest hospital and regional referral center. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMFW is licensed for 710 beds and provides the following services: cardiovascular; high risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology; neurosciences; orthopedics and sports medicine; rehabilitation; adult critical care and neonatal intensive care; trauma and emergency medicine; cancer care; medical/surgical; kidney transplants; occupational health; and more. The campus is home to almost 1,000 members of the medical staff, more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and the new state-of-the-art 100-bed Harris Methodist Heart Center. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.TexasHealth.org/HMFW.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. The 13-hospital system is the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served and includes Arlington Memorial Hospital, Harris Methodist Hospitals and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit http://www.texashealth.org/.