Methodist Health System Foundation Awarded $1 Million Grant

New Trauma Care Entrance to Bear the Name of Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation

The Methodist Health System mission to improve and save lives through compassionate quality health care received a major boost with the announcement of a $1 million grant from the Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation to the Methodist Health System Foundation. The funds will be used in the construction of the Charles A. SammonsTower, the future home of emergency, trauma, and critical care services at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. In appreciation for its support, the entrance to the new trauma care center will bear the name of the Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation.

“It is an honor to align the Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation with Methodist in combining exceptional medical facilities with the delivery of compassionate quality health care,” says April Box Chamberlain, CFRE, president and CEO, Methodist Health System Foundation and senior vice president of external affairs. “Since the creation of their foundation more than 25 years ago, the Smith family has improved and saved the lives of countless North Texans through generous contributions to local health care. Now, this legacy will continue at Methodist Dallas through their foundation’s support of our new trauma and critical care facilities.”

“We are pleased to support the vital work being done by Methodist to address the growing emergency care needs of our region,” says Sally Smith Mashburn, foundation president and treasurer and daughter of Dr. Bob and Jean Smith. “The Charles A. Sammons Tower will benefit thousands of individuals and families in the years to come and the Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation is proud to be a part of such a significant endeavor.”

To date, the BrightER Capital Campaign, chaired by Chris Kleinert, has raised more than $16.8 million to construct and equip the six-story, 248,000-square-foot Charles A. Sammons Tower which is scheduled to open in summer 2014. The $122 million facility is dedicated and designed for advanced emergency and trauma care for the nearly 90,000 patients who use these services each year at Methodist Dallas. Sammons Tower will expand the hospital’s emergency department ten-fold with 50 new emergency room beds, five trauma suites, eight surgical suites, a 36-bed critical care unit, and the ability to expand to 11 stories for future growth.

About Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower Capital Campaign
Methodist Dallas Medical Center is one of only three adult trauma centers located in Dallas County to serve the North Texas region. Along with high-level trauma and emergency care, the hospital is also a health care safety net for the community. Last year, Methodist Health System provided more than $132 million in non-reimbursed charity care. Methodist Dallas treats more than 66,000 emergency patients including 1,900 trauma patients annually in facilities designed to serve 50,000 patients a year. Committed to improving and saving lives through compassionate, quality health care, Methodist is adding a new six-story, 248,000-square-foot tower dedicated to emergency, trauma, and critical care at Methodist Dallas. Anticipated to open summer 2014 as a Level 1 facility, the $108 million Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower will allow Methodist to serve 90,000 emergency and trauma patients from across North Texas annually.


Joe Brown