City Hosts Reception for Jeff Council and Service To Healthcare
The Week of May 7th this year has been a special week in Richmond, Texas due to the acknowledgement of a special Richmond resident, and several declarations by Mayor Evalyn Moore. A reception for Jeff Council was held prior to the monthly regular Commission meeting on Monday, May 15th, which the public was invited to attend.
The City and Mayor Moore honored Richmond resident Jeff Council for his outstanding service to the healthcare community and his recipient of the 2016 Founder’s Award, the highest honor given by the Texas Healthcare Trustee’s Texas Academy of Governance. Mayor Moore stated “Jeff Council has been instrumental in bringing Oak Bend Medical Center to the forefront of the medical field. Mr. Council was first elected to the board in 1982. He served as treasurer of the board in 2001, and President from 2002 to 2008.” OakBend Medical Center is an independent healthcare facility begun in 1947 as a non-profit hospital, and originally known as Polly Ryon Hospital after it’s founding family.
Mayor Moore added “We all appreciate your leadership on the board and we see where Oak Bend is today and the services they provide to all of our residents, particularly our residents who have difficulty paying”, she stated. She then added “We are very grateful to serve that community, Jeff. We all thank you very much. The Honor that you’ve received also honors Richmond. We’re honored to have you in our community. It honors us as well. Thank you.”
Mayor Moore then read the Proclamation for Jeff Council and National Hospital Week, Whereas, Jeff Council has given so much of his time and dedication to improve healthcare in the community , and Whereas, National Hospital Week is May 7 through the 13th, 2017 and this years’ official theme is ‘The Healing Heart of Healthcare,” and Whereas, As we celebrate this week we wish to honor Jeff Council as well as the recipient of the 2016 Founder’s Award, Texas Healthcare Trustees Highest Honor, and Whereas, The mission of OakBend Medical Center is to improve the well-being of those it serves with a commitment of excellence to every patient.” The remainder of the proclamation addressed the hardworking teams of Oak Bend Medical Center and the special place this independent healthcare system serves in the Richmond and surrounding communities.
Jeff Council then addressed the gathering of people who came out to pay tribute and was genuinely touched to be honored, reflected when he said “I will say that receiving the Founders Award last year from the THT, which is their highest honor and it’s a statewide award, was very, very honoring and I was very much honored to receive it”. Mr. Council went on to add, “But to be honored, and recognized by my hometown, is something very special. I’m really honored by the City of Richmond for doing this, it means so much to me and I thank you so much.” He then noted the beginnings of Oak Bend, “when Mamie George gave the money and land for Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital back in 1950 I believe; it was her dream that the hospital that served the people of west Fort Bend County, can give them healthcare regardless of their ability to pay. That is something very strong. That is still our mission today.” Mr. Council then added, “That is a big bite to chew. But we’ve been doing it, we are doing it and we will continue to do it for years to come.”
The presentation at the reception was a sight to witness as so many were humbled by the grace of Jeff Council and his wife Ann Council, who continue to give so much to the Richmond community.