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Parkland Foundation CEO Who Led Hospital’s Largest Fundraiser Ever To Retire in 2019

Krause, who has been the foundation’s CEO since 2005, says his work at Parkland has been “the most meaningful of my career.”

The president and CEO of Parkland Health & Hospital System’s philanthropic arm will retire next year. David Krause, who’s had that perch since 2005, will officially step down in the fall of 2019.

Krause headed the Parkland Foundation during its most ambitious project to date, a $150-million fundraise for the new Parkland Memorial Hospital, which opened in August 2015. The foundation is nearing its goal on a new comprehensive breast center, as well—it has $4 million left on a $40 million goal on the Moody Center for Breast Health, expected to open in 2021.

Prior to joining the Parkland Foundation, Krause was vice president of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation from 1987 to 1995 and senior vice president for development at Children’s Medical Center Dallas from 1996 to 2005.

“The impact of David’s tenure at Parkland Foundation will be felt for generations to come,” Parkland Foundation board chair Katie Robbins said in a statement. “His leadership has set the bar and changed the face of public fundraising in Dallas County and beyond. We are grateful for his leadership and look forward to his continued commitment to improving the health of our community.”

Krause issued this statement on his announcement:

“My work on behalf of Parkland Health & Hospital System has been the most meaningful of my career. Parkland serves everyone from the very wealthy to the homeless and uninsured. Donors are the lifeblood that makes Parkland one of the finest public hospitals in the nation, providing quality care to those most in need. It has been a great privilege to serve alongside the incredible philanthropists, community leaders, medical staff, volunteers and employees who are dedicated to Parkland’s mission of caring for all.”