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Children’s charity presents ‘Mr. Plano’ Star award
Jim Boswell, often dubbed “Mr. Plano” by friends and colleagues, has received an outstanding achievement award established in his honor by Star Children’s Charity, a Plano-based nonprofit philanthropic organization. Boswell, administrative director of physician services at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, has been a strong advocate and supporter of Star Children’s Charity since it was founded in 2007.
“When I moved to Plano and began exploring a philanthropic concept, I went to Jim, looking for guidance,” said Linda Paulk, who with Michelle Brennan Hall founded Star Children’s Charity. “He became one of my mentors. Jim was extremely supportive, offering encouragement and assistance, and became a founding member of our organization. He also influenced his friends and colleagues to participate.”
Boswell was inducted into the Star Children’s Charity “Star Hall of Fame” on Nov. 7, as the inaugural recipient of the “Jim Boswell Award,” presented at the organization’s annual winter ball. The organization plans to bestow the award in upcoming years to additional individuals who “exemplify the leadership and community philanthropic spirit that Jim has exuded,” Paulk said.
In a separate event, Boswell was honored on his 71st birthday, November 18, at Texas Health Plano for his numerous contributions to the hospital during his 15-year tenure. Approximately 500 local and regional dignitaries, civic leaders, politicians, colleagues, family and friends, community members, hospital executives and employees, as well as leaders from Texas Health Resources, attended the celebration.
Five official proclamations were presented to Boswell, honoring his outstanding community service efforts, including from: The City of Plano, presented by Mayor Phil Dyer; Collin County Commissioners Court, presented by Matt Shaheen; State of Texas, presented by Howard Shapiro on behalf of State Senator Florence Shapiro State of Texas; Gavel, presented by Jonathan Cole on behalf of Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst; U.S. Congress, presented by Lori McMahon on behalf of Congressman Sam Johnson
“Our city is all the better for what you have done for all these years,” said Mayor Dyer. “Today is Jim Boswell Day.”
A commissioned portrait of Boswell was dedicated during the event, which also launched Texas Health Plano’s newly created “Hall of Honor.” The Hall of Honor, located along the lobby concourse in the hospital’s Sue A. de Mille Tower C lobby, will include more than 80 framed photos of past medical staff presidents, board of trustee members, Great 100 Nurses and Champions of Excellence award winners. Serving as the cornerstone of the wall will be Boswell’s portrait, as well as a portrait of past hospital President Philip M. Wentworth, FACHE, who retired earlier this year after 38 years in health care administration.
“Jim has worked tirelessly throughout the years for this community and for Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano,” said Dr. Jeffrey Canose, president of Texas Health Plano. “Jim has been a huge catalyst of the success and significance that the hospital has achieved, and it is all because of the love Jim has in his heart for our patients and their families, our physicians, our employees, and the thousands of people he knows throughout Collin County. Jim is an individual who community, legislative and civic leaders regularly turn to for advice and counsel, as do we at Texas Health Plano.”
Jim Boswell has received numerous accolades since he moved to North Texas from California in 1976 with his wife, Myra, and immediately became involved in politics and the community. From 1984 to 1985, he served as a member of the Civic Center subcommittee of the Plano Capital Improvement program. In 1985, Boswell received the Civic Volunteer of the Year award. He was appointed a member of the Plano City Council and the Plano Citizens Charter Review in 1987. He also served on the Plano Economic Development Board for two years as the Chamber’s chairman-elect, and chairman in 1989 and 1990. He served as a director of the Plano Chamber of Commerce for six years and became chairman in 1990.
In 2006, Boswell served as the vice chairman in a citizen-at-large position. In 2007, he served on the Plano Economic Development Board as chairman and currently continues to serve on the board.
It was in 1992 that Boswell received what he considers one of his highest honors: the 1992 Plano Citizen of the Year.
In addition, earlier this year, Boswell was presented with a proclamation by the Plano Independent School District and received the Plano Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He also recently achieved one of his lifelong dreams: visiting all 13 official Presidential Libraries around the country.
Boswell started his career at Campbell Soup Company, where he served in various positions for 20 years and eventually was transferred to California. Upon moving to Texas in 1976, he became a partner of Jones-Nietzel Company, a food brokerage firm, and later was named vice president of sales for Star Mark Foods. Boswell attended George Washington University and majored in political science.
At Texas Health Plano, Boswell was hired to help with the recruitment of physicians and development of a strong physician’s relations program, as well as community relations initiatives. He has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining more than 100 physicians to the hospital’s active staff.