They were recognized for enriching lives in East Texas. Betsy and Elmer Ellis received the distinguished 'Citizens Good Turn Award' by the East Texas Area Council and the Boy Scouts of America.
The Ellis' were both very involved at East Texas Medical Center.
Elmer Ellis's vision to bring healthcare closer to where people live helped create a network of regional care in many East Texas communities. They included ETMC Athens, ETMC Carthage, ETMC Cedar Creek Lake, ETMC Clarksville, ETMC Crockett, ETMC Fairfield, ETMC Gilmer, ETMC Jacksonville, ETMC Mt. Vernon, ETMC Pittsburg, ETMC Quitman, ETMC Rusk and ETMC Trinity. The ETMC Rehabilitation Center, ETMC Specialty Hospital and ETMC Behavioral Health Center represent other key programs, while ETMC EMS and the ETMC regional trauma network reflect Mr. Ellis's passion to ensure that East Texans have access to top quality emergency care.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Marsh Ellis is a descendent of Smith County's pioneer families. She joined ETMC in 1984 as director of Volunteer Services and currently serves as administrative assistant. Her community service has included the roles of past president of the Junior League of Tyler and board member for a host of organizations, including Hospice of East Texas, the East Texas Crisis Center, Salvation Army of Tyler, Texas Rose Festival Association, Tyler Mental Health Association, Parks and Recreation Department and Camp Tyler. She is an active member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumnae Association and the Gertrude Windsor Garden Club. She and Mr. Ellis are members of Christ Episcopal Church.