The University of Texas System Board of Regents recently approved the establishment of the University of Texas Southwestern Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center in Fort Worth. The new center will be made possible thanks to a $25 million commitment from W.A. “Tex” Moncrief Jr., and will be the first UT Southwestern named campus outside of Dallas.
The new campus will build on the recent expansions of the UT Southwestern Medical Center at the Moncrief Cancer Institute and will increase the Medical Center’s ability to serve residents in the Fort Worth geographical areas, increasing access to UT Southwestern’s medical research, care, and educational opportunities.
Daniel K. Podolsky President of UT Southwestern, said: “The UT Southwestern Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center recognizes the long-standing support and vision of the Moncrief family, which has enabled our growing clinical presence in Fort Worth. In the years ahead, their remarkable generosity will support the development of a multidisciplinary outpatient facility programmed specifically to meet the medical needs of the area. We are delighted and privileged to be a part of the growing Fort Worth community.”
The first building on the 6.3-acre site that will be located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Main Street is to be finished in September 2016 and will feature a multidisciplinary outpatient facility.
“My Dad would be pleased that the Moncrief Radiation Center that he created in Fort Worth years ago has now evolved into UT Southwestern’s plan for a major clinic in Fort Worth to help take care of the medical needs of the citizens of Fort Worth and North Texas,” noted W.A. “Tex” Moncrief Jr., who is the President of the William A. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Foundation. “UT Southwestern is known worldwide as a premier academic medical center that is fundamentally changing medicine through excellent clinical care, groundbreaking research, and the outstanding education it provides the next generation of physicians and caregivers.”
The Moncrief family has already given about $14 million from the William A. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Foundation and from Tex Moncrief to directly support the UT Southwestern and its programs. In addition, $75 million in funds were made available to the Moncrief Cancer Foundation.
“With this magnificent $25 million gift from Mr. Moncrief, UT Southwestern will be able to expand its presence in the Fort Worth area, providing advanced specialty care, access to clinical trials, and expertise that only an academic medical center can provide. This continues an era of growth for UT Southwestern,” declared Podolsky.
Betsy Price, Fort Worth Mayor, talked about how important the new Center is to the region: “One of my top priorities as Mayor has always been the health and well-being of our citizens. I’m delighted that UT Southwestern is expanding in Fort Worth, bringing even greater depth and dimension to the medical services available here. The Moncrief family is much more than a benefactor to this city. They have truly changed the landscape.”