The Baylor Health Care System Foundation in Dallas has announced a $10 million gift from oil and gas tycoon T. Boone Pickens in support of its initiatives.
In recognition of the gift, Baylor's recently completed cancer hospital, which opened in January as the first dedicated cancer hospital in North Texas, will be named the Baylor T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital. In addition, a plaque at the cancer hospital will commemorate Pickens's fifty-year friendship with fellow oilman and philanthropist Harley Hotchkiss, who died at Baylor University Medical Center in 2011.
Located next to the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center, the 96-bed facility was designed in consideration of the complex needs of cancer patients and their families. Among other things, it features all private rooms, many with ICU capabilities; accommodations for families and caregivers to stay on-site; an oncology evaluation and treatment center; and state-of-the-art services, including a blood-and-marrow transplant unit, an apheresis center, an oncology pharmacy, an infusion center, and a processing lab for stem cells and bone marrow products.
"No matter what industry you're in, from energy to health care, it takes bold people who have vision, a commitment to excellence, and a passion for efficiency to reach new levels of success," said Pickens. "Baylor brings that attitude and commitment to providing health care to all North Texans, whether it is advanced prevention, screening, diagnosis, or treatment."