May 12, 2021
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Texas Pediatric Society, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the pediatricians who work daily to improve the health and well-being of the children of Texas. It is an honor and privilege to be a part of a Society whose mission ensures the future of Texas by caring for its children. Since May 12, 1921, the Texas Pediatric Society has flourished because of the members who have donated their time, expertise, and passion which has created the vibrant society that TPS is today. Who knew back when a group of 16 forward-looking pediatricians gathered at a spring meeting in Dallas that their vision would culminate into an organization of over 4,500 members today? Each day we work by building on the legacy of those who came before us, and we are inspired by the impact that our work has on improving health outcomes. I am deeply grateful to Mary Greene-Noble who served as administrative staff and executive director for over 40 years, and who provided a platform for us on which to build. She provided a great transition for me as I came on board to lead the staff and our organization in the next chapter of our story. I am thankful for the volunteers who donate their time to provide exceptional leadership that keeps TPS focused on our mission. I am thankful for our staff and the dedication and passion that they put forth every day in carrying out their work. Our membership is growing, our staff has doubled, and the scope of work continues to expand as we find more ways to provide meaningful and targeted education and resources for you so that the profession of pediatrics continues to be viable.
While our challenges are many, the landscape of medicine continues to change, and our advocacy work is never done, we are inspired by you and all that you do to ensure our future. As Marilyn Baker so aptly stated in Caring for The Children: The History of Pediatrics in Texas, “In a state rich in natural resources, one resource stands out in value above all the rest: our children. It is to their welfare that Texas pediatricians have dedicated their lives.” On this 100th anniversary and every day forward, thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the TPS family and for the opportunity to contribute to your work as your supporting staff. It is an honor and privilege and one I treasure every day.
Tricia Hall, CAE, CMP
With a special thanks to Team TPS: Amy White, Crystal Healey, Clayton Travis, Anslee Boozer, Angelica Ferrandino, and Allison McHorse