the torch Fall 2016, Issue 3 - Page 20

Lindalyn Adams and David Burgher live Baylor Health Care System’s mission every day These days, it’s rare to find anyone Scott & White a tremendous currency working on my own and being decades with the same employer. president and CEO of Baylor Scott & joined the Foundation — 26 years ago. who can claim he or she has spent Fortunately for Baylor Health Care Syste m Foundation and our of good will,” said Joel T. Allison, White Health. Foundation as a development officer, cultivating the Celebrating Women the years. He keeps track of Baylor Lindalyn’s primary role has been including the well-known and well- luncheon, now in its 17th year. “I went loved Lindalyn Adams and David Burgher. A Look at Lindalyn’s Service David began working for the Since joining the Foundation, community, there are several employees who can make this claim, independent.’” David relented and to that very first luncheon, and it was just going to be part of my life, I could tell,” she said. “Lindalyn is a force of nature. She’s though his role has changed a bit over friends and supporters that are in the hospital, lets Baylor leadership know of their status, and visits and prays with the families. “David calls himself the ‘Special Lindalyn said that when she received a sweet, smart lady. And strong, too,” Assistant to the President, but he the Foundation in 2001, she thought K. Robinson. “She calls up people for to the President,’” Rowland joked. for support — and it’s hard to say no water and parking passes.” David her first paycheck as an employee of about asking her new employer, “Are you sure?” She chuckled as this memory came to mind; she’d already been serving the Foundation as a board member for decades. In fact, Lindalyn’s Baylor roots date back to 1970, when her husband, the late Reuben Adams, M.D., was said Foundation president Rowland Celebrating Women and asks them to Lindalyn.” Celebrating Women has raised more than $26 million in Baylor’s fight against breast cancer. David and His Ministry Like Lindalyn, David also found recruited to be the first full-time chief humor in recalling how he joined the gynecology. Lindalyn began serving on Jr., former CEO of Baylor Health of the division of obstetrics and the Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s first board of directors in 1978, the year it was founded. Known as the “historical caretaker of Dallas,” Lindalyn has had a hand in many initiatives to preserve the city’s history, including playing a major role in the creation of the Sixth Floor Museum. “Because of Lindalyn’s involvement in the community, it brings Baylor 20 Foundation full-time. Boone Powell Care System, had served with David really is the “Extra” Special Assistant “He does what I call 'PWP': prayer, prays with patients, offers them a “Baylor six-pack” (of bottled water) and leaves behind parking passes. Every patient visit is sacred to David. His one-man ministry to patients has prompted many thank-you letters to the Foundation. “They’re some of the most poignant, touching notes you can imagine,” Rowland said. There’s a 60-year age gap between on the boards of several organiza- Lindalyn, David and the youngest ognized the success David had in that tions, including Young Life, and recraising money for them. So, Boone asked David to do the same for Baylor as a development officer. “Boone said, ‘I think it’ll be a good fit,’” David recalled. “I told him, ‘I don’t think so. It’s too big, and I’m used to employees at the Foundation, but d o e s n’ t s to p the t wo octogenarians from setting the tone for the organization. “They are both the epitome of a servant’s heart,” Joel said. “We’re blessed to have them at the Foundation.”