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The Final Salute

Texas Health Arlington Memorial’s Final Salute program pays homage to military veterans who spend their last days of life at the hospital. With the family’s consent, designated hospital employees properly drape the patient’s body with the American flag.

Honor Guard Escorts, composed of hospital staff and volunteers, then escort the deceased veteran and his or her family members from the room to a designated exit. Before leaving the hospital, the veteran’s family receives the American flag on behalf of their loved one. Since its inception in November 2015, more than 55 individuals have been honored. Watch this moving video of the ceremony for James Beshears, who was a Navy Chief Petty Officer who served during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

“Military veterans merit the expression of our deepest gratitude and highest praise,” said Chaplain James Dorsey. Serving as the hospital’s chaplain for more than 17 years, Dorsey is credited with creating the Final Salute protocol. “As veterans, these men and women have shown admirable commitment to the values of our nation – peace, liberty, freedom and justice for all. We’re privileged and honored to give them a Final Salute.”

Legislative Activities

As a faith-based, nonprofit, Texas Health does not directly nor indirectly support or oppose any candidate for elective office, nor do we contribute to political campaigns or activities, per the organization’s Legislative Activities policy.

Texas Health actively collaborates with other industry associations and organizations to serve as a resource on health policy issues for elected officials and staff. We also conduct voter education activities that help employees understand the importance of voting.

North Texas Giving Day

Texas Health Foundation Giving Day

Left to Right: Daniel Varga, M.D., chief clinical officer and senior executive vice president; Jeffrey Canose, M.D., chief operating officer and senior executive vice president; and Barclay Berdan, chief executive officer, recognize the generous donors who gave more than $347,000 in 18 hours to help meet our greatest needs. In 2016, Texas Health ranked in the top 10 of most funds raised among the 2,518 nonprofit organizations participating in North Texas Giving Day. For more information, read the Foundation’s 2016 Annual Report.