Prominent Texas philanthropists Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons have pledged $20 million to the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, a separately incorporated not-for-profit organization of the Baylor Health Care System, for the advancement of organ transplantation initiatives. In recognition of the gift, the institute will be renamed the Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute.
Since its inception in 1984, the institute has performed more than eight thousand solid organ transplants, making it one of the largest multi-specialty transplant centers in the world. The institute has also trained thirty-five leading transplant fellows and conducted research that has contributed to now-standard transplant-related medication.
"This tremendous gift is an investment in the future of this institute and will help us continue to reach new heights in research, medical education and academic contributions on behalf of our patients," said Dr. Goran Klintmalm, chairman of the Simmons Transplant Institute. "This gift will allow us to increase our research infrastructure, support scholarly and academic initiatives, expand our transplant fellowship programs, and anchor our transplant leadership for the future."