Dec 03, 2018 / Spotlight

Get To Know Our SRH Staff: Burrel Poston, Development Officer / Masonic Liaison

What is your role at the hospital? What do you do on a daily basis?
I talk to people and donors around the state of Texas about the hospital to explain who we are, how special they are to the patients and their families, and let them know how they can help us.

What skills do you need for your job?
To have a positive attitude, believe in the special mission of the hospital and know that we DO give children back their childhoods.

What led you to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children? How long have you worked here?
I was an 18-year-old looking for a job in 1975. I went to Airline Personnel Agency to apply for a job I saw in The Dallas Times Herald Newspaper. The job I wanted was filled, but they mentioned they had an opening in the Print Shop at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. I came here, was interviewed and then hired. I paid the agency $300.00. Best $300.00 I have ever spent. I started here January 12, 1976 - 43 years ago. I had no clue that I was beginning a career path that would shape my life as a man, a mason, and most of all, as person who loves this hospital.

What do you enjoy most about Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children?
I love to tell the story of our hospital to people I meet around the state and the visitors that come into our doors. I love to tell them how we have made such a difference in the lives of so many children.

What drives or motivates you to do what you do every day?
I truly believe that our hospital makes a difference in the lives of kids that might otherwise not have these opportunities to be all they can be. I want to be a part of making those opportunities possible.

What was your first job? What path did you take to get here?
I came to work here as a trainee in the Print Shop. By the grace of God, J.C. Montgomery noticed me and encouraged me to go to college and build my career here at the hospital.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I work hard at trying to be a great grandparent and when I master that, I am working on making the PGA tour.

What is your favorite…
  • Hospital event: Tartan Golf Classic
  • Food in the cafeteria: Wild mushroom soup or the tomato basil soup
  • Place in the hospital: Research - I saw how they started, I see where they are at today and I can only imagine what great things they will do in our future
  • Place to travel: Hawaii
  • Type of food: BBQ
  • TV show: Big Bang Theory – one can always use a good laugh
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A sportscaster

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
My boys and I went scuba driving with the sharks in Nassau. It was amazing watching them swim so close to you and all around you. But, keep your hands to yourself as the sharks were always looking for a handout.

What’s the last book you read?
True Faith and Allegiance by Tom Clancy / Mark Greaney

To contribute to our mission of giving children back their childhood, please call our Development department at 214-559-8374 or learn more on our website. 

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