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,” says April Box Chamberlain, CFRE, president and CEO, Methodist Health System Foundation. “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, visit http://www.methodisthealthsystem.org/brighter.
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 $125 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.
About The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc.
The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, Inc., a Private Charitable Foundation, was formed in 1948 by Mr. John E. Mabee and his wife, Lottie E. Mabee, with its office in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As stated in its charter, the purposes of the Foundation are to aid Christian religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning, hospitals and other organizations of a general charitable nature. The activities and affairs of the Foundation are managed by a Board of Trustees consisting of Thomas R. Brett, Ed Jones, Joe Mabee, Guy Mabee, Jr., John W. Mabee, and Raymond L. Tullius, Jr. The geographical area of interest of the Foundation includes the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
From the date of its inception through the most recent fiscal year, grants paid by the Foundation to various educational, religious, and charitable institutions have totaled in excess of $1 billion. The Foundation’s giving is divided approximately: 34 percent to private, independent non-tax supported colleges; 43 percent to community activities including Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, Girl Scouts, YMCA, YWCA, children’s homes, and organization which care for handicapped, abused and neglected children and adults; 4 percent for religious-affiliated organizations including seminaries, campus ministries, Christian camps, and centers; and 19 percent for scientific, health, and medical activities including principally grants to hospitals and health care activities. On August 31, 2013, assets of the Foundation had a total value of approximately $880 million.
Mr. and Mrs. Mabee were natives of Missouri. They had no children. Mr. Mabee died in 1961 and Mrs. Mabee died in 1965, leaving a substantial portion of their personal estates to the Foundation. The Foundation continues to carry on its purposes – under the guidance of its Board of Trustees – as a tribute to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Mabee. The benevolences of this Foundation are evidenced throughout the Southwestern United States and many edifices bear its name.