UT Southwesterns New University Hospital Will Be Named to Honor Former Gov William P Clements Jr

DALLAS April 12 2012 PRNewswireUSNewswire UT Southwestern Medical Center will name its new stateoftheart University Hospital now under construction to honor legendary Texas Gov William P Clements Jr in recognition of his 2009 gift of 100 million to the Southwestern Medical Foundation the largest single gift for the benefit of UT Southwestern in the institutions history

The William P Clements Jr University Hospital is now scheduled to open in late 2014 and along with Zale Lipshy University Hospital will offer patients and medical personnel worldclass facilities and technologies In addition to outstanding patient care the new hospital has been planned to support UT Southwesterns commitment to clinical and translational research as well as education and training reflecting all three of the medical centers core missions

quotGovernor Clements only instruction when he made this remarkable gift more than two years ago was that it be used for something that would have a transformational impact on UT Southwesternquot said Dr Daniel K Podolsky president of UT Southwestern quotWe were deeply honored by his confidence and are now pleased and proud to name our new hospital in commemoration of a true Texas giant certain that it will have the transformational effect he envisionedquot

In addition to Mr Clements gift the Building the Future of Medicine campaign for the new University Hospital has received 30 additional gifts to date totaling 73 million Dr Podolsky and Campaign Chairman William T Solomon jointly announced that the success of the campaign is so encouraging that the fundraising goal has been increased from 200 million to 250 million which will allow for additional investment in the programs as well as the facilities of the new hospital

Mr Clements said at the time of his 2009 gift that his goal in supporting UT Southwestern was to quothelp encourage and advance scientific discovery and innovation prepare the next generation of physicians for Texas and the nation and ensure the delivery of worldclass medical care which I believe uniquely happens at this academic medical center already recognized as one of the top institutions in this countryquot

Nancy Seay Mr Clements daughter said quotOur family is pleased that my fathers name will be associated with UT Southwestern in a hospital that will foster the spirit of discovery and the pursuit of excellence that he embodied throughout his life We are enormously pleased to have his name on this facility and are grateful for this honorquot

Mr Solomon chairman of the board of Southwestern Medical Foundation said quotBill enjoyed enormous success in business and in service to his state and his country But he always said he took greater pride in giving away the fruits of his success to the causes places and people in which he believed The governor felt that through UT Southwestern he could make a difference by helping people everywherequot

The William P Clements Jr University Hospital will replace the St Paul University Hospital facility which opened in 1963 Located at 6201 Harry Hines Blvd the new 800 million 460bed hospital was meticulously designed to carry out UT Southwesterns patientcare mission while also incorporating space for physician training and for clinical research aimed at developing ever more effective highquality treatments for patients

Mr Clements was an immensely successful oilman who died in May 2011 In 1947 he founded the Southeastern Drilling Co which later became known as SEDCO and grew it into the worlds largest oil and gas drilling contracting firm

After building a thriving company Mr Clements became an advisor to presidents An energetic man known for his blunt talk and decisive leadership Mr Clements served as deputy defense secretary from 1973 to 1977 under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford He is credited with helping modernize US military forces and instilling sound business practices and efficiencies in the defense department

Mr Clements made more history in 1979 becoming Texas first Republican governor since Reconstruction He served two terms as Texas governor from 1979 to 1983 and from 1987 to 1991 making him the longestserving governor in state history at the time

Through the years Mr Clements maintained a lifelong relationship with UT Southwestern He served on the search committee that convinced the first president of UT Southwestern the late Dr Charles C Sprague to come to Dallas in 1967 from Tulane University School of Medicine to be dean of UT Southwestern Medical School The two had been chemistry classmates at Southern Methodist University

In 1998 he donated 125 million to establish the Rita C and William P Clements Jr Scholar in Medical Research Fund to provide research funding to attract some of the nations most promising earlycareer scientists In 2000 Mr Clements and his wife Rita a former UT System Regent were honored with Southwestern Medical Foundations Charles Cameron Sprague Community Service Award which recognizes those who provide significant support to the fields of health care medical education and medical research

His generosity continued with a 10 million donation in 2006 to complete a clinical and medical research facility now named the Bill and Rita Clements Advanced Medical Imaging Building His 100 million gift in 2009 remains the largest onetime commitment in UT Southwesterns history

The William P Clements Jr University Hospitals design is the product of input from more than 600 members of the campus community as well as from patients and their families It also reflects a comprehensive survey of best practices in patient care and treatment delivery around the country and incorporates a number of new technologies to enhance patients experience and optimize clinical outcomes

Every patient room will feature monitors and internet connections to allow patients and caregivers to review charts and images like Xrays CT scans and MRIs The technology even will allow family members and physicians from outside the hospital to interact and be part of care decisions

The 27 surgical suites will be connected by live video to the pathology lab This will allow surgeons and pathologists to view and discuss tissue specimens while a procedure still is under way

The new hospital will have oncall rooms and facilities for physicians so they can access computers between surgeries or clinic visits without traveling across campus It also will feature a large education center and dedicated conference rooms on each patient floor to facilitate training and careteam consultation away from patient rooms and hallways thus ensuring greater patient privacy

Visit httpnewhospitalutsouthwesterneduindexhtml to learn more about UT Southwesterns William P Clements Jr University Hospital

SOURCE UT Southwestern Medical Center

Date : 13 Apr, 2012
Reference : http://www.businessreviewusa.com/press_releases/ut-southwesterns-new-university-hospital-will-be-nam

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