The Compass Spring 2024 | Page 8


Letter from the Chair

“ The purpose of life is not to be happy . It is to be useful , to be honorable , to be compassionate , to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well .” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
In a world that is often focused on the pursuit of happiness , Ralph Waldo Emerson ’ s words serve as a poignant reminder of a deeper purpose . At Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation , we are fortunate to be surrounded by donors and supporters who embody this ethos every day .
Recent generous gifts from donors like Myra and Darwin Smith have supported vital programs such as genetic counseling and community health workers , providing those in need with the care and support they deserve . And supporters like PACCAR are instrumental in the development of our new medical center in Frisco , expanding access to quality healthcare across the region . Their generosity is a testament to the power of giving back and the impact it can have on individuals and communities .
Our board members — like Christine VanDeVelde Luskin , who is spotlighted in this issue — play a crucial role in guiding our efforts and inspiring others to join us in our mission . Their commitment is instrumental in driving our initiatives forward and making a difference in the lives of those we serve .
As we reflect on Emerson ’ s words , we are reminded of the incredible privilege we have to serve others and the potential we have to make a difference . Through the dedication of our donors , board members and partners , we are proud to say that we are fully engaged to serve and strive every day to make a meaningful impact in the world around us .
Norm Bagwell Chair , Board of Directors Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation

An uplifting gift for North Texans

$ 14.9 million donation from Bloomberg Philanthropies will help transform West Dallas ’ Uplift Heights Preparatory into a healthcare-focused campus .

Bloomberg Philanthropies recently announced a $ 250 million initiative that is connecting healthcare and education systems to create new career-technical education high schools in 10 urban and rural communities across the country .
Bloomberg Philanthropies selected Baylor Scott & White and Uplift Education — the largest public charter school network in North Texas — to develop an innovative education program that will prepare local high school students for healthcare careers and undoubtedly make a difference in underserved communities . BSW and Uplift are among only 10 recipients nationwide to receive this first-of-its-kind funding .
Through this grant , BSW and Uplift will work together to build pathways to high-demand careers in healthcare that will include : Redesigning the curriculum at an existing high school in Dallas to become a dedicated health science high school ( opening in August 2024 )
Baylor Scott & White and Uplift Education are among only 10 recipients nationwide to receive this first-of-its-kind funding .
Creating a health science track at a high school in Grand Prairie ( launching in August 2025 )
BSW team members will help build the curriculum and mentor and train these students — ultimately improving the
economic health of families and neighborhoods across North Texas and creating a pipeline of skilled healthcare professionals reflective of the communities we serve .
Upon completion of the program , students will graduate with dual certifications as certified medical assistants and patient care technicians , equipping them with the skills and qualifications for immediate job placement to build a path to socioeconomic success . This is a wonderful example of the transformative role philanthropy can play in building healthy communities .
To learn more about the role philanthropy will play in this innovative collaboration , please contact Christina Goodman at Christina . Goodman @ BSWHealth . org or 214.820.4408 .
To learn more about any Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation initiative or to opt out of these communications , contact the Foundation at 214.820.3136 or email DallasFoundation @ BSWHealth . org . Write to us at 301 North Washington Avenue , Dallas , TX 75246 .