Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston has announced a $25 million gift from Susan and Fayez Sarofim for a seventeen-story patient care tower under construction at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
Scheduled for completion in 2020, the Susan and Fayez Sarofim Pavilion will house the Red Duke Trauma Institute, one of only two Level I trauma centers in Houston; the John S. Dunn Burn Center, the lone comprehensive burn center in the city; and other critical care services. Memorial Hermann Life Flight also will be relocated to the tower, which, when finished, will offer a hundred and sixty new beds and seventy-one replacement beds, twenty-four new or renovated operating rooms, sixteen additional emergency center bays, more than six hundred new parking spaces, and a café. In addition, seven shelled or unfinished floors, including six operating rooms, will be constructed to accommodate future growth as needed.
Born in Egypt, Fayez Sarofim is chair and co-chief investment officer of Fayez Sarofim & Co, a money management firm. He was an early investor in the Kinder Morgan energy pipeline and is a limited partner in the Houston Texans ownership group. The Sarofims' previous contributions to Texas Medical include a $25 million gift in 2006 to UTHealth, which helped fund the Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building.
"The Sarofims' generous gift helps ensure Houstonians are receiving the patient-centered, high-quality care that our great city requires as the population continues to expand," said Memorial Hermann president and CEO Chuck Stokes. "We are honored that our new patient tower will bear the Sarofim name, preserving the family's legacy of supporting innovative and evidence-based medicine that touches the lives of people throughout the region."