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Regional Connectivity Events at a Glance

On January 9, 24 DFW HCAD alumni, residents and faculty gathered at Cool River Cafe in Las Colinas to reconnect HCAD friends and to meet new ones.

Dallas area alumni group photo

In collaboration with the annual Texas Hospital Association (THA) conference, the HCADAA Community reconnected on February 21 at a reception in downtown Austin. Special thanks go to Corinne Smith '86 '94, Attorney/Member of Clark Hill Strasburger and Will Schlotter '85, CEO of Capitol Anesthesiology Association, a Division of US Anesthesia Partners, for making this event possible.

On March 5, 2019, the HCADAA Community, including students, residents, faculty and alumni, enjoyed gathering for an HCADAA reception in Chicago during the yearly ACHE Congress on the 39th floor law office of Clark Hill PLC, courtesy of Corinne Smith '86, '94.

On a related note, the HCAD On Campus Class of 2020 congratulated HCAD Professor Amer Kaissi during ACHE Congress in Chicago. Dr. Kaissi’s book titled Intangibles: The Unexpected Traits of High-Performing Healthcare Leaders received the American College of Healthcare Executive’s James A. Hamilton (Book of the Year) Award.

Scott Flanders ’87, ’91, PhD and Mary Stefl, HCAD Professor Emerita, enjoyed reconnecting at the HCADAA Reception in Chicago on March 5.

A total of 22 HCAD alumni from the Dallas/Fort Worth region attended a special HCADAA luncheon with HCAD Professor Amer Kaissi on Saturday, April 6 from 11:30 am - 1 pm in Dallas as part of Trinity on Tour. Dr. Kaissi was one of three featured speakers during the Trinity on Tour conference. He presented findings from his Intangibles book.

Related, Brent Magers ’90, who attended the HCADAA luncheon and presentation in Dallas on April 6, titled the following photo “The Future, The Present, and The Past” with Dr. Kaissi and incoming HCAD student Garrett Dewbre ’21.

On Saturday, April 13, the HCAD Class of 1979 held its 40th reunion in San Antonio, including their spouses and friends with a campus tour, celebration of life for classmates who have passed away, trips to favorite hangouts with the beloved retired HCAD Professor Paul Golliher, and a visit to a classmate’s Hill Country ranch amid the beautiful Texas wildflowers.

The turnout for the Houston HCADAA Happy Hour held on Thursday, May 9 at Cottonwood was small but mighty with the threatening weather in the area later that evening. Thanks to HCADAA President Vanessa Saenz Smith '94, '99 and Grant Magness '14 who helped organize the spirited gathering of thirteen alumni, residents, faculty and guests.

On May 22, Nashville-area HCADAA alumni and HCAD faculty members enjoyed reconnecting at a reception generously hosted by Jon Foster '86, President, American Group - HCA, at Jimmy Kelly's Steakhouse.

Nashville alumni group photo