VNA Of Texas, UT Southwestern Medical Center And Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Partner Up To Help Post-Acute Patients

North Texas’ incredible growth is due to a lot of things. But time and time again, it’s teamwork that is the common denominator. That is why it’s not surprising that three groups have partnered up to help post-acute patient care.

The trio — the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas, UT Southwestern Medical Center and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas — has created a year-long pilot program to “provide good nutrition and daily safety checks to reduce hospital readmission rates, improve health outcomes and help patients age in their homes.”

Katherine Krause (File photo)

It’s not for everyone. Rather it’s been created for “high health care utilization patients and recently discharged patients without proper access to nutritious food due to poverty, lack of a support system, and frailness contributing to their inability to maintain their independence at home.”

According to VNA CEO/President Katherine Krause, “Providing daily nourishment, social contact and safety checks for vulnerable high-risk patients is critical to strengthening our community and reducing medical costs.”

This effort is being funded by the Kozmetsky Family Foundation along with funding from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

JUST IN: St. Paul Medical Foundation Officially Ends Its Run By Supporting UT Southwestern Medical Center Programs

As reported earlier, the St. Paul Medical Foundation is officially becoming part of Dallas’ history, but its mission to provide for the healthcare needs of the community will continue thanks to its leadership. UT Southwestern Medical Center just issued the following release to explain how the Foundation’s assets will benefit UT’s long-range plans:

DALLAS – Sept. 1, 2016 – St. Paul Medical Foundation will donate all of its assets, now more than $13 million, to UT Southwestern Medical Center, and close Sept. 30.

Vin Perella*

Vin Perella*

“It’s been a great run of 52 years,” said Board Chairman Vin Perella, “but our mission and goals echo those of UT Southwestern so closely that good stewardship and economies of scale dictate that this is the time for such a move.”

Endowments designated to specific uses, such as care of the indigent, and heart, lung, vascular, and cerebrovascular programs, will continue to be dedicated specifically for those uses.

A $1 million capital grant will be used to remodel and name the seventh-floor nursing station at Zale Lipshy University Hospital, an area dedicated to the care of stroke patients.

In addition, three special endowments will be established with the gift:

  • A grant of $1 million will establish the Jan and Jim Hinckley/St. Paul Foundation Endowment for Pulmonary Research and Programs;
  • $400,000 will establish the Father Jack Deeves, S.J./St. Paul Foundation Endowment for Chaplain Services to support UT Southwestern’s Chaplain Services program, which has been one of the foundation’s historical key focuses; and
  • The St. Paul Foundation Endowment for Compassionate Medicine in honor of Sally Ridgway will be created for training and enhancement of UTSW’s compassionate medicine programs.

All of the other assets will be gifted to UT Southwestern to be used for the benefit of their patients and programs.

Daniel Podolsky (File photo)

Daniel Podolsky (File photo)

As employees of the Foundation are being offered positions in the UTSW Department of Development, their skills and experience will continue to benefit the Medical Center by furthering excellence in medicine through philanthropy.

“The St. Paul Medical Foundation and its leaders can take great pride in its legacy of good works through supporting the St. Paul Hospital and, in recent years, the efforts of UT Southwestern Medical Center as its successor,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern, who holds the Philip O’Bryan Montgomery, Jr., M.D. Distinguished Presidential Chair in Academic Administration, and the Doris and Bryan Wildenthal Distinguished Chair in Medical Science. “We are humbled by the confidence of the Foundation in entrusting us as stewards of its resources in the future. We are delighted that those who have been committed to the Foundation will remain as deeply engaged with UT Southwestern.”

* Photo credit: Kristina Bowman

JUST IN: St. Paul Medical Foundation Is Closing Its Doors

When St. Paul Medical Foundation was launched in 1964, the Daughters of Charity were tending to the patients at the brand spanking new hospital — St. Paul Hospital — at the corner of Harry Hines and Inwood Road. The Daughters had had a long history in Dallas healthcare. They had been brought to Dallas back in the late 1800’s to help the growing young town. They opened the first St. Paul Hospital on June 15, 1898, with nine sisters. About five years later, Texas Baptist Memorial Sanitarium opened. It would eventually become Baylor University Medical Center. When the influenza epidemic of 1918 struck, “63 tents were placed on the St. Paul Hospital grounds to take care of the overflow of critically ill and convalescent patients.”

But after a century of tending to patients, the hospital was sold a couple of times and the last eight sisters were transferred to other assignments in 2004. Eventually St. Paul became part of the UT Southwestern Medical Center with the 52-year-old “brand spanking new hospital” not fitting in with the stellar 21st century Medical Center’s campus. Last November it literally bit the dust.

As for the Foundation, it grew in its mission with folks like Stanley Marcus, Ebby Halliday and such families as the Haggars and Neuhoffs at the helm.

But as the hospital was absorbed by other healthcare entities, so the Foundation followed the hospital and adjusted to the changes, eventually finding a home with UT Southwestern University “to serve a broader patient base at UT Southwestern University Hospitals, with special emphasis on the underserved and support of heart, lung, vascular and cerebrovascular programs.”

Now, the Foundation leadership has announced it will be making one last transition “to permanently extend our mission by winding down our activities and infusing UT Southwestern with the Foundation’s resources and talent.”

What does that mean? According to St. Paul Foundation President Sally Ridgway, “The staff are [sic] joining the Development Department staff in positions appropriate to their unique skills and abilities (except for me as I had already planned to retire before the decision to close was made).”

In a letter to the board members and friends, Sally and Foundation Chair Vin Perella wrote, “…a permanent endowment with St. Paul’s assets for the benefit of the Medical Center’s patients and program and a legally binding Memorandum of Understanding will ensure that the funds are spend as directed.”

And while the Daughters, St. Paul Hospital and the Foundation are no longer on the scene, their mission for superior healthcare continues as part of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Nobel Prize Winners And Area Leaders Praise Kern Wildenthal At Dedication Of Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research Building

Despite a bit of rain, Friday, March 20, was a love fest of Nobel Prize winners, state leaders and philanthropists praising Kern Wildenthal. The draw was the dedication of the Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research Building at UT Southwestern Medical Center. As the rain fell on the tent outside the 12-story, 331,400-square-foot structure, dignitaries, family and friends swelled to SRO.

Kern Wildenthal

Kern Wildenthal

The platitudes for the former UT Southwestern president were simply remarkable about the chap who had achieved greatness as a doctor at a youthful age and rose to leadership of UT Southwestern. During his 22 years he orchestrated a plan for the development of a campus with research and clinical facilities. It was a big picture about which others had been skeptical. Now, some of those naysayers were happily eating their words about the vision of the UT Southwestern graduate.

One of those research programs is the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern that is a “joint venture established by Children’s Medical Center Dallas and UT Southwestern” focusing on “areas of unmet needs of children and encompassing stem cell biology, cancer and metabolism.”

Daniel and Carol Podolsky and James Huffines

Daniel and Carol Podolsky and James Huffines

In the UT Southwestern history, there have only been three presidents — the late Dr. Charles Sprague, Kern and Dr. Daniel Podolsky. Time and time again speakers — Dr. Joseph Goldstein, Dr. Michael Brown, Dr. Alfred Gilman, former Southwestern Medical Foundation President Bill Solomon, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson and former University of Texas System Board of Regents Chairman James Huffines — hinted that the southern campus should be named after Sprague and the northern after Kern.

Alfred Gilman

Alfred Gilman

Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein

It was during his tenure as president (1986-2008) that “the institution more than quintupled in size and emerged as one of the world’s leading medical institutions.” Plus UT Southwestern was recognized for its collection of Nobel Prize winners.

Marnie Wildenthal and Cyndi Bassel

Marnie Wildenthal and Cyndi Bassel

But as Kern pointed out after his wife Marnie received a bouquet of yellow roses and they received a mammoth key in a glass case, the past is grand for reflection, “but it is the future that must be the focus.” Tipping his hat to his successor, Kern said that Dan’s plans for the west campus only demonstrated that the future was in good hands.

Bob Miller

Bob Miller

Kay Bailey Hutchison

Kay Bailey Hutchison

Peter O'Donnell

Peter O’Donnell

Ron Steinhart

Ron Steinhart

Following the dedication, the crowd gathered in the lobby of the newly dedicated building for a reception and to check out the Horchow Folk Art Collection. Among those in the crowd were Sara and David Martineau, Ron Steinhart, Lyda and Dan Novakov with Isabella Haggar, Shirley and Bob Miller, Keith Cerny, Don Winspear, Lynne and Roy Sheldon, Jane and Bud Smith, Mary McDermott, and Lyda Hill, who said that her foundation director Nicole Small was keeping Lyda on her toes.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research Building Dedication

The dedication of the Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research Building brought together Nobel Prize winners, community leaders and outstanding philanthropists on Friday, May 20.

Alfred Gilman

Alfred Gilman

Peter O'Donnell

Peter O’Donnell

Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein

As part of the northern campus of UT Southwestern Medical Center, the building is the final piece in the long range plan that Kern Wildenthal created decades ago when he was the second president of the center.

Marnie Wildenthal and Cyndi Bassel

Marnie Wildenthal and Cyndi Bassel

Kay Bailey Hutchison

Kay Bailey Hutchison

While the write up is being prepped, photos of some of the elite types can be found at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: University Of Texas System Regents Named UT Southwestern Medical Center Tower After Dr. Kern Wildenthal

Kern Wildenthal

Kern Wildenthal

Our friends over at Frontburner just revealed the University of Texas System Regents voted to “name a major research tower at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas after Dr. Kern Wildenthal.” Called the C. Kern Wildenthal Research Building, it will be located on the north campus.

This recognition is due to Kern’s “extraordinary accomplishments” as both dean of the medical school and president of UT Southwestern.

Congrats to Kern and the UT Southwestern Medical Center campus!

Gold-Star Steering Committee Revealed For Southwestern Medical Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Celebration

Back in 1939 “Stagecoach”, “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With The Wind” premiered; “Grapes of Wrath was published; Lou Gehrig gave his legendary farewell speech; Highland Park Village was just eight years old; NorthPark was a cotton field; and the Southwestern Medical Foundation was established in Dallas.

The foundation leaders realized that an outstanding medical school was needed to support health care providers. Baylor University had “elected to move its school of medicine from Dallas to Houston” and World War II was ramping up. So, in 1943, “the Foundation established Southwestern Medical College and helped to nurture its growth from a fledgling medical school into one of the preeminent medical research and academic centers in the world.” It was the 68th medical school in the U.S.

Those were pretty darn lofty plans. But now 75 years later, those plans seem like a whisper compared to the reality of what has resulted. Need an example: Have you seen the list of accomplishments by that “little college” that is known today as UT Southwestern Medical Center?  Check this out.

But over the years the Foundation, like UT Southwestern, has grown way beyond its initial POA. Today the Foundation “currently manages over $800M across 1,000 funds, creating a financial resource that will enable advances in health care benefiting the citizens of this community, state and the nation for years to come.”

Southwestern Medical Foundation 75th anniversary*

Southwestern Medical Foundation 75th anniversary*

In addition to “marking a milestone for the Foundation and providing the opportunity to honor donors and recognize the impact the community has had in advancing the important cause of academic medicine, research and medical education at UT Southwestern Medical Center,” Foundation President/CEO Kathleen Gibson announced a steering committee for the 75th anniversary celebration including Chairman/Foundation Chair Bill Solomon and Honorary Co-Chairs Mayor Mike Rawlings and Edith and Peter O’Donnell.

Kathleen Gibson (File photo)

Kathleen Gibson (File photo)

Members of the steering committee include Ruth Collins Altshuler, Jan Hart Black, Edward H. Cary III, Mary McDermott Cook, David R. Corrigan, Harlan R. Crow, Thomas M. Dunning, Robert A. Estrada, Nancy Strauss Halbreich, Paul W. Harris, Lyda Hill, James R. Huffines, Margaret McDermott, Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, Caren H. Prothro, Carolyn Perot Rathjen, Catherine M. Rose, Robert B. Rowling, Lizzie Horchow Routman and Emmitt J. Smith III.

According to Kathleen, “The Steering Committee will play a vital role in celebrating the remarkable history of this Foundation in the last 75 years and the impact that has been made due to the foresight of so many wonderful visionary men and women. To everyone who has contributed their time, talents and financial gifts, past and present, we humbly and sincerely thank you.”

* Graphic provided by 
Southwestern Medical Foundation

Charles Cameron Sprague Community Service Presented To Lyda Hill And Ute And Rolf Haberecht

Dr. Charles Sprague was a big man, both physically and in his impact on UT Southwestern Medical Center. Sure, he was the son of a former Dallas mayor, but he had worked hard to succeed on his own all his life. In early years, he was captain of both SMU’s basketball and football teams. Then he went on to earn his medical degree at UT Medical Branch in Galveston. Following a “stint in the Navy and service in the South Pacific,” he headed to New Orleans  to start his medical career. Why not Dallas? Well, one suspects he wanted to be his own man and not the son of the former mayor.

It was in New Orleans that he conceived of an idea — the construction of a new medical school and university hospital campus away from downtown New Orleans. But Tulane’s governing board found it too risky.

Kern Wildenthal

But his vision was just what UT Southwestern wanted and needed. According to his successor, Dr. Kern Wildenthal,  “He [Charles] had an instinctive vision of what was required to move the institution to greatness and an ability to persuade everyone he dealt with of the importance and value of his goals. He was the classic example of the right man for the right job at the right time.

“Dr. Sprague’s integrity and trustworthiness were absolute. He inspired and enriched the lives of all of us who had the privilege of working with him and learning from him.”

To honor his years of service, the Southwestern Medical Foundation‘s Community Service Award was renamed the Charles Cameron Sprague Community Service Award in 1996.

Ruben Esquivel

And while Charlie died in 2005, hundreds of his old friends from medicine (Dr. John Warner, Dr. Daniel Podolsky, Dr. Ken Altshuler and Dr. Phil Evans) and life (Cissy and Plack Carr Jr., Jess Hay, Ruben Esquivel, Jan Black and Carla Bass) were joined by friends and

Louise Eiseman

families (Caroline Rose Hunt, Nancy and Herbert Hunt, Mary McDermott Cook, State Rep. Dan Branch, James Huffines, Kim Wargo and Louise Eiseman) of the award recipients Lydia Hill and Ute and Rolf Haberecht Wednesday at the Hilton Anatole.

Lyda Hill

When asked what she planned to say in her acceptance speech, Lyda said, “I’m going to use it as a chance to speak up and thank UT Southwestern. Not enough people do that. Especially the media, if you know what I mean!”

According to a quick check with others at the event, Lyda was a part of the majority in that feeling.

Alayne Sprague

Following dinner, Southwestern Medical Foundation Chairman of the Board Bill Solomon recognized many outstanding people in the audience including Charles’ widow Alayne Sprague, who was accompanied by Cheri Zettel. The two women met when Charles was in need of hospice care. Cheri admitted that she was nervous when she interviewed with the legendary Spragues to provide the hospice care. Later she would find out that the Spragues had been worried that they might not meet up with her approval. Thanks to this meeting, Charles’ final days were eased and Alayne learned the value of hospice care and has become a major advocate for this much needed service in the transition of life.

In describing UT Southwestern, Bill said, “This institution truly is second to none. No other medical school has had as many as four Nobel Laureates.”  He went on to say that UTSW trains and produces more doctors than any other institution in Texas.

Kathleen Gibson

With the recent retirement of Kern as the foundation’s CEO/President, Bill officially introduced Kathleen Gibson, who succeeded Kern on March 1. She’s got her work cut out for her. During his tenure, Kern took the foundation from $40M to $100M+.

In presenting the awards, it was revealed that all three had requested that Kern make the presentation.

Lyda was up first and in typical Lyda fashion announced that she had just had her 40th annual physical with Dr. Ken Cooper. She recalled that back in the 70’s, his “aerobics” program wasn’t so well respected. Today it’s not only lauded, he’s working with UTSW — “We’ve come a long way, baby.”

Lyda then joked about a study that’s been undertaken to prove “that dark chocolate is good for you. My friends thought I’d probably funded the research.”

Getting serious, she pointed out that UTSW has 11,000 employees and is an economic driver for Dallas: “UTSW has total integrity. .  . We are lucky in Dallas that we have Southwestern Medical Center, and that it’s here for us.”

Ute and Rolf Haberecht

Following Lyda was Rolf, who spoke for himself and his wife, about his years working at the Texas Instruments, where he rose through the ranks from a junior engineering job to corporate VP “responsible for the company’s worldwide semiconductor operations.” Through such leaders as Erik Jonsson, Eugene McDermott, Cecil Green and Patrick Haggerty, Ute and Rolf were inspired: “Erik Jonsson told us all that we have a responsibility to give back to the community.”

Children’s Research Institute Celebrates Christmas In July Thanks To A $1M Gift From Emy Lou And Jerry Baldridge

The best things in life aren’t free. Example? Research. It takes time, equipment and brilliant minds to come up with solutions. But it eventually pays off. Detecting cancer used to be by a, “Do you feel something?” method. Leprosy was a one-way ticket to far-away-and-not-so-nice destinations. For years people were terrified to go to pools because of polio.

Because of research, machines have been created to detect the smallest sign of cancer in the breast. Leprosy is a ghoulish memory of the past. And thanks to research, polio is almost as rare as smallpox. Oh, smallpox has almost been officially eradicated thanks to research. Forgot to mention that.

But again these success stories didn’t happen by accident. It took money to fund the effort. That’s why Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge need a big old thank-you note. They just presented a $1-million gift to support Children’s Medical Center Research Institute, a joint venture between Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center to “make significant improvements in children’s lives.” It’s the largest donation to the not-for-profit pediatric hospital.

Dr. Sean Morrison

Dr. Sean Morrison, director of the Children’s Research Institute explained the goal of the Institute is to discover the therapies of tomorrow for children.

“We will take innovative approaches to make transformative discoveries — discoveries that will change scientific fields and yield new approaches for treating disease. We will integrate teams of leading scientists and outstanding physicians whose skills are rarely found in a single laboratory.”

According to Emy Lou, “When we heard about what the Children’s Research Institute could accomplish, the potential there seemed so great that we felt compelled to donate and say, ‘Go for it.'”

The hope for the program is to eventually “lead to new ways of promoting the regeneration of damaged tissues, and even to more effective ways of treating cancer.”

Photo courtesy of Children's Medical Center Research Institute