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The Simmons Family Foundation contributes $500,000 for new TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center



August 15, 2006 - DALLAS — The Simmons Family Foundation has awarded $500,000 to Texas Woman’s University for construction of a new TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center.

“Excellent health care for Texans has been one of The Simmons Family Foundation’s defining missions,” Lisa Simmons Epstein, trustee of the foundation, said. “We at the foundation cannot think of a better way to advance this critical mission than to support the expansion of TWU’s renowned nursing program in Dallas. The Simmons Family Foundation is proud to be a part of TWU’s vision of educating more nurses and other healthcare professionals in a new state-of-the-art facility at the Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center.”

The Simmons Family Foundation, established in 2000, is based in Dallas. The foundation is a support organization funded by Contran Corporation, a multinational, diversified company engaged in the chemicals, wire and steel manufacturing, titanium metals, ergonomic products and hazardous waste management industries. The gift is being made through The Simmons Family Foundation Advised Fund of the Dallas Foundation.

The foundation makes grants in the areas of medical research, health and human services, including programs targeting high-risk youth and families, as well as for educational, cultural and civic improvement programs. Grants totaling $6,697,000 have been made since 2000.

“The Simmons family is renowned for its commitment to medical philanthropy, and TWU is pleased to be a part of the family’s vision for providing outstanding health care for Texans,” TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart said.

TWU recently launched a $32 million fundraising campaign to build a new Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center that will combine TWU’s current education sites near Parkland and Presbyterian hospitals. The state-of-the-art facility will be built at the Parkland location in the heart of Dallas’ renowned Southwestern Medical District.

The new Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center will create a 143,000-square-foot, multi-building campus that will be built in two phases so classes will not be interrupted. Plans include renovation of the existing education building, construction of a new 50,000-square-foot education building and a 600-car garage. This will add approximately 17,000 square feet of expanded program space and allow for future growth.

Groundbreaking is planned for 2008, with the new center scheduled to open in 2010.

“For more than 40 years, TWU has provided quality nursing and healthcare education in Dallas,” Dr. Stuart said. “When you combine TWU’s seven consecutive semesters of enrollment growth with the national shortage of quality healthcare providers, the reason for the new Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center becomes clear.”

Joining The Simmons Family Foundation as initial campaign donors are the Robson Communities, the Gaston Episcopal Hospital Foundation, the Thompson & Knight Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Jere W. Thompson, Mrs. Orien Woolf and the Abe Zale Foundation.

TWU’s presence in Dallas began in 1954 through an agreement with Parkland Memorial Hospital that called for TWU nursing students to obtain their clinical training at Parkland. This model prevailed until 1966, when a $2 million, two-story educational building and a seven-story dormitory for nursing students opened at Parkland. Health science students began training at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas in 1974, and the university opened its Dallas-Presbyterian campus in 1977.

In 1992, TWU established The Stroke Center-Dallas at the Parkland campus, which partners TWU and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center faculty to provide cutting-edge treatment and training in neurological rehabilitation for stroke patients.

For more information on the new Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, visit www.twu.edu/dallascampus.


For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

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