The Hearst Foundations Give $150,000 Toward UTMB’s New Jennie Sealy Hospital
The Hearst Foundations contributed $150,000 toward the construction of UTMB’s new Jennie Sealy Hospital, making it the latest significant gift from a foundation outside of the university’s home state.
“The Hearst Foundations strive to identify best-in-class organizations providing outstanding programs to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives,” said Paul “Dino” Dinovitz, executive director of the Hearst Foundations, which have offices in New York and California. “UTMB and the Jennie Sealy Hospital embody these values.”
In honor of the Hearst Foundations, UTMB will place the foundations’ name on a fourth-floor family waiting room in the new $438 million hospital.
“The Hearst Foundations prioritize supporting programs that strengthen families,” Dinovitz said. “Naming a family waiting room acknowledges this objective.”
UTMB President David L. Callender said the Hearst Foundations are no stranger to the university. The Hearst Foundations, which are comprised of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Hearst Foundation, Inc., have supported UTMB’s Frontera de Salud since 2005 with $200,000 in grants. The student-service program, established in 1998, delivers health care and education to underserved areas of Texas.
“We are honored to be associated with the Hearst Foundations, and we are grateful for the latest philanthropic gift which will help make the Jennie Sealy Hospital a reality,” Dr. Callender said. “It is an acknowledgment of the important role UTMB plays as a leading health sciences center in our region and state.”
Construction of the Jennie Sealy Hospital is ongoing and should be complete by 2015 with an opening set for early 2016. The 13-floor facility will be one of the largest patient-care spaces on campus. It will contain 310 patient rooms, 20 operating suites, a 58-bed intensive care unit and a 28-bed day surgery unit.
Members of the Hearst Foundations’ leadership recently visited the UTMB campus and were able to see the progress being made on the new hospital.
“As the campus evolves with the addition of the new Jennie Sealy Hospital,” Dinovitz said, “UTMB demonstrates its continued role as a leading medical institution in the west.”
The Hearst Foundations have awarded capital grants to numerous leading regional hospitals, medical centers and institutions that offer specialized care to low-income populations. Since their inceptions, the foundations have bestowed more than 19,000 grants totaling more than $925 million. The combined, current asset value of the two foundations is approximately $825 million.
The Hearst Foundation, Inc. was founded by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst in 1945. Four years later, Hearst established the California Charities Foundations, later renamed The William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Both share the same mission to support organizations and institutions that work in the fields of culture, education, health and social services. The two foundations are managed as one entity.