Texas medical center gets $100M in discretionary funding

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Former Texas Gov. Bill Clements has donated $100 million to the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, with no restrictions on its use.

Clements said that he hopes the university can leverage his donation to attract other contributions, according to Daniel Podolsky, MD, president of UT Southwestern. In the past, Clements has donated $10 million to complete a clinical and medical research building, which has since been named the Bill and Rita Clements Advanced Medical Imaging Building, and $1.25 million to help fund the medical research of newly appointed and promising faculty members.

"My goal in supporting UT Southwestern is to help encourage and advance scientific discovery and innovation, prepare the next generation of physicians for Texas and the nation, and ensure the delivery of world-class medical care," said Clements.

The Southwestern Medical Foundation board will work with UT Southwestern leaders to determine how the money will be spent. The donation will be dispersed over four years, according to the Dallas Morning News.

No decisions have been reached, but the money could be used for research in promising areas of science, additional faculty, more scholarships or new clinical training facilities, he said.