TWU celebrates the grand opening of the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center Feb. 18
“With this facility, we are establishing a new threshold in providing learning environments that create a seamless transition from the classroom to the workplace,” TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart said.
The center bears the name of Texas oilman and entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens, who donated $5 million to the building’s fundraising campaign in 2006. Mr. Pickens has been a generous philanthropist throughout his professional life. The breadth of his nearly $700 million philanthropy is focused on improving lives through grants supporting educational programs, health and medical research and services, athletics and corporate wellness, the entrepreneurial process, at-risk youth and conservation and wildlife initiatives.
Mr. Pickens will speak at the grand opening ceremony, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the first floor auditorium of the new Dallas Center. The facility is located at 5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue in the heart of the Southwestern Medical District.
During the event, TWU also will announce that Mrs. Florence A. Doswell of Dallas is donating $2 million to endow two chairs in nursing – one in teaching excellence and the other in informatics – at the Dallas Center. Mrs. Doswell previously gave $3 million toward building the new facility. In honor of that gift, TWU has named the college of nursing in Dallas the Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing.
Mrs. Doswell’s interest in health care began during her late husband’s struggle with cancer in the 1970s. She developed a profound sense of gratitude toward the medical professions and became involved in providing philanthropic support to health-related institutions and their students.
“Attracting excellent faculty is essential to addressing the nursing shortage,” Mrs. Doswell said. “It is my hope that these endowed chairs will benefit the delivery of quality patient care in Texas for years to come.”
The eight-story, 190,000-square-foot Dallas Center initially will house the university’s College of Nursing, the TWU Stroke Center-Dallas and the health systems management program, and by January 2012, its occupational and physical therapy programs. Relocating these programs from the university’s Presbyterian Hospital campus will enable TWU to emphasize the team approach to health care now practiced in hospital settings.
The Dallas Center is built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification standards in keeping with TWU’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint. Later this year, TWU will add a 600-space parking garage, which will include two levels that can be used either for additional parking or classroom expansion.
TWU has raised more than $53 million to date for the new Dallas building. Major donors include: the T. Boone Pickens Foundation; Mrs. Florence A. Doswell; the Meadows Foundation; the Jane and John Justin Foundation; the Simmons Family Foundation; the Hoblitzelle Foundation; the Sid W. Richardson Foundation; the Harry S. Moss Heart Trust; the Hillcrest Foundation; the Constantin Foundation, Inc.; the Texas Woman’s University Foundation; the George and Fay Young Foundation; the Amon G. Carter Foundation; the RGK Foundation; Caroline Rose Hunt; the Tom A. Harris Fund, the Roberta Coke Camp Fund and the Basil Georges Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas; the Dallas Foundation Unrestricted Fund; the Pollock Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Jere W. Thompson; and Mrs. Orien Woolf.
TWU has had a nursing education presence in Dallas since 1954. The university opened its Parkland campus in 1966, followed by the Presbyterian campus in 1977. The TWU Stroke Center-Dallas, which provides cutting edge treatment and training in neurological rehabilitation for stroke patients, opened in 1992. Today, almost 500 healthcare professionals graduate each year from the center, most of whom remain in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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