Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation Welcomes Four Gift Officers
04/28/2009

DALLAS — Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation announced the addition of four new major gift officers to its staff, bringing the total number of fundraisers to nine.

Kelly Counts, Vickie Ramsey, Anna Raines and Meredith Shapiro
The new officers (from left) are: Kelly Counts, Vickie Ramsey, Anna Raines and Meredith Shapiro
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Kelly Counts joins the Foundation as director of major gifts, supporting the oncology service line for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, as well as Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Winnsboro. Prior to Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation, Counts directed all aspects of fundraising for Gilda’s Club of North Texas, an oncology support organization.

Anna Raines comes to the Foundation as director of major gifts at Dallas, supporting the cardiology and behavioral sciences service lines at Texas Health Dallas. Raines was previously employed as a litigation attorney in the Dallas office of Cozen O’Connor, a Philadelphia-based law firm.

Vickie Ramsey joins the Foundation as director of major gifts, supporting the orthopedic and rehabilitation service lines at Texas Health Dallas. Ramsey previously served as the director of annual giving for Parish Episcopal School in Dallas, growing the annual fund to $1 million in four years.

Meredith Shapiro joined the Foundation as director of major gifts, supporting Texas Health Allen and Texas Health Plano fundraising initiatives. Shapiro managed community relations and outreach for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen prior to joining the Foundation.

Counts, Raines, Ramsey and Shapiro have more than three decades of health care, volunteer and philanthropic experience between them.

“We are thrilled to welcome these four talented and energetic fundraisers to our team,” said Jay McAuley, president of Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation. “There are many exciting milestones to celebrate this year, including the opening of the new 177-bed Hamon Tower at Texas Health Dallas, the launch of our $1 million Presby Fund annual giving campaign and several other initiatives. Community gifts are even more essential as we strive to maintain service excellence for all patients despite the economic challenges we face.”

Texas Health Resources relies on the charitable work of Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation to support crucial needs for six Presbyterian hospitals — Allen, Dallas, Denton, Kaufman, Plano and Winnsboro. Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation cultivates and fosters philanthropic relationships with community supporters in an effort to fund the growth and renovation of hospital facilities, educational and outreach opportunities and medical equipment purchases.

“We are so fortunate to see daily evidence of our supporters’ gifts at work as fulfillment of our mission,” said Raines. “Because of the rapid pace of developments in technology and medical research, there is always a need for financial resources to keep up with the needs of our patients.”

“Giving to Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation is an extension of the Texas Health Resources mission of improving the health of the people in the communities our hospitals serve,” Shapiro added.

Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation was chartered in 1984, and since then, has raised more than $211 million through outright gifts, pledges and investment income, granted $87 million to support the mission of Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals, holds assets of $113 million, and has endowment funds of $30 million.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation
Through philanthropy, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation provides support to six Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals in Allen, Dallas, Denton, Kaufman, Plano and Winnsboro. Established in 1986, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation plays a critical role in continuing the mission of the Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals to improve the health of the communities served. The Foundation strives to enhance the delivery of quality patient care by joining with committed donors to sustain the long-term fiscal viability of the hospital that are a part of Texas Health Presbyterian. Through the efforts of the Foundation, the strong tradition of community support through philanthropy enables the Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals to forge ahead in medical research and education, technology and the provision of quality patient care.