Texas Children's Hospital in Houston has announced a $50 million commitment from local philanthropists Lester and Sue Smith.
The gift will support Legacy Tower, the hospital's new home for cardiac care and surgery, as well as patient care and research at its cancer center. The first phase of the tower, which will add 640,000 square feet to the hospital's Texas Medical Center campus when completed, opened in May and features operating rooms for neurosurgery, orthopedics, plastic surgery, transplantation, and pediatric surgery, as well as eighty-four ICU beds. Phase two, which opened last week, will serve as the new home of Texas Children's Heart Center. In recognition of the gift, which was announced at a gala where the Smith Foundation helped raise $83 million for the project, the facility will be named the Lester and Sue Smith Legacy Tower.
In gratitude for the care Lester Smith received during his battles with cancer, the couple has given and helped raise more than $150 million to date in support of research at medical institutions in the region, including Texas Children's, where the cancer center clinic was named the Lester and Sue Smith Clinic in 2012; Baylor College of Medicine; and Harris Health System.
"Giving to others is our guiding philosophy," said the couple in a statement. "There is nothing more precious than a child, and we hope this gift will help support the incomparable patient care for which the hospital is known. It is truly our honor to leave a legacy of support for generations to come at Texas Children's."