Our Corporate Walk Chairs and Executive Leadership Committees are two groups of area professionals and volunteers who support the mission of LLS through fundraising initiatives, expanding corporate partnerships and planning special events. They are leaders and advocates for the Light The Night Walk.
Dallas Corporate Walk Chair
Erol R. Akdamar, FACHE, serves as president of Medical City Healthcare, HCA’s North Texas Division. Medical City Healthcare is one of the largest divisions in the HCA portfolio and includes 13 hospitals, 11 ambulatory surgery centers, 28 CareNow urgent care centers, more than 7000 active physicians and 14,000 employees in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The division boasts five hospitals that hold the prestigious Magnet Recognized® status from the American Nurses Association, six Joint Commission Top Performers, six trauma centers and three accredited comprehensive stroke centers.
Akdamar began his career with HCA as an administrative resident in 1993. Since that time, he has become known for his leadership and growth initiatives in the hospitals he has served from Louisiana to Georgia and Texas. His mantra of “excellence always” has resulted in exceptional employee engagement, outstanding quality and earnings performance.
He is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and received his Master of Health Care Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans. Akdamar is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Texas Hospital Association and as a member of the regional policy board of the American Hospital Association.
Erol and his wife Dara have three children.
Dallas Executive Leadership Committee
Fort Worth Corporate Walk Chair
Mike Mendlik, a Division Vice President with BMC, will serve as the 2017 Corporate Chair for the 2017 Fort Worth Light The Night Walk. He is also a proud member of the North Texas Board of Trustees. He has worked tirelessly over the last three years to fulfill the organization’s vision of a world without blood cancers. During this journey he has shed tears with parents who have lost a child to a blood cancer, held hands of patients currently in treatment and celebrated life after chemotherapy with survivors.
He has participated with BMC in this event for the last three years in memory of the 14-year-old daughter of coworker who lost her life to a blood cancer and in honor of his college roommate who is currently battling for his own life. Time and time again he has been amazed by the generosity of his company and the industry in which he works.
Fort Worth Executive Leadership Committee