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Methodist Health System Foundation Accepts Fundraising Challenge

It’s an offer the Methodist Health System Foundation couldn’t refuse. If the Foundation hits its capital campaign goal of $20 million for the Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower by July 9, 2014, The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc. will generously add a $500,000 grant for the purchase of major medical equipment for Sammons Tower.
“We are grateful to the trustees of the Mabee Foundation for this important gift to Methodist Dallas and the patients we serve,” April Box Chamberlain, CFRE, president and CEO of Methodist Health System Foundation, said. “We are confident our community will accept their challenge and come together to build a brighter future for health care for North Texas.”
The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Mabee Foundation has a long history of supporting the Methodist vision of improving and saving lives through compassionate quality health care. In 1975, it provided $137,260 for the purchase of pulmonary equipment at Methodist Dallas. In 2004, the Mabee Foundation supported the renovation of the Methodist Dallas NICU with a $500,000 grant. Seven years later, in 2011, it helped fund renovations of the Methodist Golden Cross Academic Clinic Life Shines Bright Pregnancy Program with a $235,000 gift.
The Mabee Foundation’s latest offer of support for Methodist came after the board heard a presentation on the project by Chamberlain, Stephen L. Mansfield, PhD, FACHE, president and CEO of Methodist Health System, and Robert Simonson, DO, medical director of emergency services at Methodist Dallas. Two requirements were included in the challenge grant: the money must go toward the purchase of medical equipment for the Sammons Tower, and the Foundation must meet its $20 million goal in one year. The Methodist Health System Foundation gratefully accepted the challenge.
Presently, the Foundation has raised more than $15 million to equip the six-story, 248,000-square-foot Sammons Tower set to open in summer 2014. The $108 million facility is dedicated and designed for advanced emergency and trauma care for the nearly 90,000 patients each year who use these services 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.
Donors can maximize the impact of their year-end charitable giving by helping Methodist meet the Mabee Foundation challenge. Every contribution supporting the Sammons Tower capital campaign will make an important difference in the future health of our community. To learn more about the campaign or to donate, click here

Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower
Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower
Thursday, 19 December 2013