Thursday, February 20, 2014

New Methodist Health Trauma Care Entrance to Bear 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. Sammons Tower, 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.
 
“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.

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