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She brings that same value system into her volunteer“I wanted to get out of my car and love going ing. When she first moved to Southlake, Traci knew she to work again,” Traci says. “And that’s the kind of wanted to get involved in the community, similar to how culture we have tried to create here: where people she had in Grapevine, but she didn’t know where to start. truly want to work, the doctors want to practice She called up Mayor Laura Hill, who was on city council medicine and the patients get great care because at the time, and asked her out to lunch to pick her brain. of that.” Mayor Hill’s advice resonated with what first inspired TraTraci used her own people-loving personality ci to give back. and care for others to create that environment for “I told her, ‘Find where your passion is, find where your her team. heart is, and that’s where you should put your energy,’” “She’s a proactive leader who always has a posiMayor Hill says. “It’s important to get involved in things in tive outlook and generates an aura of positive enour community that make your heart ergy to all those around her,” chair feel good.” of the Texas Health Southlake To make connections, she joined Board of Directors Dr. David Roththe Southlake Chamber of Commerce bart says. “Traci has put her own and later took on the role of chairperpersonal stamp on her direction son. Traci says it’s there where she met on the hospital.” people who kept opening doors for Her days can include trials and her and led her to more opportunities hurdles, but she knows she has to give back. to carry an eagerness to succeed As the leader of the local hospital, with her to inspire her team to Traci knows it’s her responsibility to perform at their best – just like she nurture those connections and build does. relationships with the public. “I just admire her so much be“If you are in a leadership position cause it doesn’t take long being at the hospital, you really need to be around her to recognize her eninvolved with the community and give ergy and her vision,” Traci’s execuback. Because the hospital is just a tive assistant Frankie Montgomery building unless you really know the says. people and know the heart of the peoThat vision has formed into a ple,” Traci says. “You’ve got to give the reality over her tenure. She has hospital personality, and you have to taken the hospital, given it a pergive it a relationship.” sonality and fostered a sense of But Mayor Hill knows Traci does community that expands out to more than the job calls for because include the entire area. of her desire to give back to those in “When you focus on the posineed. tive, no task is too hard. Traci’s “Volunteering for her is really a callleadership example is to always ing, and I never got a sense from her seek the best for the hospital and that it was just a part of the job,” Maywork together as a team to achieve or Hill says. “Her impact is really felt high goals,” says Karen Adams, the wherever she chooses to give her time Texas Health Southlake’s ancillary and give her heart.” services director and medical staff Now her list of professional and manager. “The hospital leadership personal affiliations runs long. She still team all knows we are supported contributes to those nonprofits that in our efforts by a very encouragshe originally volunteered with, but ing president.” now she sits on the GRACE Board of Since becoming the vision be— MAYOR LAURA HILL Directors, the Women’s Choice Award hind the hospital, Texas Health Southlake has been recognized Healthcare Advisory Board and the with several prestigious awards like Best Places to First Financial Bank Southlake board to name a few. While Work in Healthcare, America’s 100 Best Hospitals each position and nonprofit adds another commitment to and Best Companies to Work for in Texas. her schedule, Traci knows how to balance it all so she can “I’ve never stepped into a hospital with a better stay on top of all of her responsibilities. culture or a better patient experience level than Some may think it would be easier to skip a board Texas Health Southlake,” Dr. Rothbart says. “Her vimeeting here and there or watch TV instead of jumping sion has been one that has allowed us to ascend.” on the elliptical at the end of the day – because of course That’s on top of the acknowledgment Traci she also works out every day, but Traci says that’s just not herself has received like the Southlake Chamber how she functions. of Commerce’s President’s Award and, most re“I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t busy,” Traci cently, SafeHaven of Tarrant County’s 2018 Legacy laughs. of Women award. But Traci is the last person who LEADING BY EXAMPLE would start naming off her own accolades. Through her decades of leadership, Traci has refined “I believe in teamwork,” Traci explains. “I think how she likes to be led, which has transformed how she it takes all of us to make any of it work. I don’t beworks with her colleagues. Traci wants to inspire those lieve any cog in the wheel is more important than around her to work hard toward reaching her team’s colanyone else. And I knew that even as a nurse. It lective goal. took all of us to be successful.”

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