Kent Tucker, Huguley Memorial Medical Center Vice President of Ancillary Services, won the Adventist Health System Community Service Award. The award, given annually at the AHS Conference on Mission, recognized Kent from the entire 44-hospital AHS system for the positive impact he has had on improving the quality of life in our community.
Since moving to Burleson to join Huguley Memorial Medical Center in 1993, Tucker has been deeply involved in leading the community, especially in the areas of health and education.
Huguley President and CEO Ken Finch said, “Many community organizations have benefited from his time, his expertise, and his leadership, both in the past and present. His significant and sustained personal investment in making a positive difference for our community makes him a deserving winner of this award.”
Tucker has served as a member of the Burleson Independent School District Campus Improvement Advisory Board since 1996, and he organizes a mentoring program that links at-risk students with Huguley employees for one-on-one mentoring.
Tucker is an active member of the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce, including serving a term as president and being on the board for several years. He served as advisor to the Leadership Burleson Program for the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce. For all his service to the Chamber, he was awarded the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce Sam Walton Business Leadership Award.
He is also involved in the city and is serving on the City of Burleson 20/20 Strategic Planning Advisory Board, the City of Burleson’s Be Healthy Initiative, the Mayor’s Council of Improving Health and Well-being, and the Burleson Rotary Club. He speaks frequently in the community on health topics.
His service to the community is motivated by the goals to:
• improve community health, beginning with youth
• provide opportunities for health education and community wellness activities
• build ties between city and business leaders to the hospital
• plan to meet the future needs, especially regarding health care, of a rapidly growing community.
He has been elected to the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame and sits on the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance Advisory Board.