From the Chairman What a glorious time of year! Leaves turning colors, a bit of crispness in the air, and the promise of two of my favorite holidays. We focus on giving thanks for family, friends, health and contentment. Here at Baylor, those blessings are never taken for granted. Just as the pilgrims recognized that they could not survive and thrive in the new world without help from the native Americans, Baylor knows it is not just the fabulous doctors, wonderful nurses, talented technicians and dedicated staff that make a hospital great. We must rely on others with caring, generous hearts to give critical funds to help Baylor care for each patient who comes through our doors. In this torch, you will read about so many giving people who have stepped forward to share their bounty to provide quality medical care possible for people they will probably never meet. The Celebrating Women luncheon, the Grand Rounds® Golf Tournament and the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute walk/run were each bigger and better than last year! So many caring folks attended and showed their support by contributing mightily to fight breast cancer, to educate the next generations of physicians and to defeat diabetes — and we are so very thankful for their selfless gifts! Take a moment to read about the heart-warming opening of the Canine Companions for Independence® at Baylor Scott & White Health – Kinkeade Campus. It has been made possible by outstanding gifts from people who know the healing that comes from our furry friends … especially ones that are trained to do so many things for individuals no longer able to do for themselves. You will also find an article about the tremendous bequest by a very special donor who is looking to the future and all that her funds will provide – what an outstanding legacy of love and healing! I thank each of you whose generous heart helps us meet new medical challenges each day! Without your commitments and support, both large and small, Baylor as a not for profit hospital could not survive and thrive! And as we anticipate the end of the year – let’s spend less time thinking about what trinkets we might give and receive, and think more about what lasting good we can do by sharing our bounty with those seeking health and healing at Baylor, now and in the future. Margo Goodwin Chairman, Board of Directors Baylor Health Care System Foundation 24 Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System’s subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers nor Baylor Health Care System. Baylor Health Care System Foundation does not provide legal or financial advice.