Total includes $1.2 million from West Texas Region

GALVESTON, Texas - Dr. John D. Stobo, president of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, announced recently that the university's comprehensive campaign, Timeless Values, Pioneering Solutions, has surpassed its $250 million goal, more than 18 months ahead of the original end date.

As of June 9, UTMB had raised more than $250,400,000, he said. This is the most money ever raised by the university in any three-and-a-half-year period. The campaign, which began Sept. 1, 2003, was originally scheduled to end Dec. 31, 2008. Having surpassed its goal early, it will now end Aug. 31, 2007.

Stobo delivered his good news at a semiannual meeting of the university's 87-member development board, flanked by Campaign Chair Fred Burns, Development Board Chair Dr. Peter Thompson, and chairs of the 11 regional campaigns throughout the state. The regional chairs included Dr. Jack D. Ramsey, a UTMB alumnus and radiologist who led the West Texas Regional Campaign Committee in raising $1.2 million.

"We've exceeded our goal thanks to the wonderful generosity of alumni, foundations, corporate partners, employees, and many other friends and supporters," Stobo said. "These gifts will shape what UTMB can and will become in the future." 

The Sealy & Smith Foundation - a Galveston philanthropy dedicated exclusively to supporting UTMB's efforts to improve the health of the people it serves - gave more than $89 million to the campaign, primarily to strengthen UTMB's clinical programs, including the creation of new comprehensive centers for multi-organ transplantation, and for cancer research, education and patient care.

An additional $161.4 million was committed by more than 6,800 other benefactors. The campaign included 36 commitments of $1 million or more, of which four were $10 million or above.

"I'm particularly gratified by the 278 gifts of $50,000 and above, reflecting the generosity of benefactors throughout the state and nation," said Stobo. More than $30 million came from outside Texas.

He and six area volunteers raised $1.2 million toward the campaign goal.

"We couldn't have asked for more dedicated and effective volunteers," said Burns, chairman emeritus of John L. Wortham & Son. "Our more than 280 volunteers in 11 regions throughout the state were key to the campaign's success, helping us raise an average of $1.2 million per week throughout the campaign time frame."

In addition to Ramsey, volunteers in the West Texas region included Dr. James W. Bean, Dr. John L. Mann, Dr. Gustavo A. Martell, Dr. William J. Nelson, Dr. Renuka C. Reddi-Dickason and Dr. James E. Spier.

Commitments to the campaign were made in four areas of acknowledged UTMB strength: access to care ($114 million), educational excellence ($77 million), longevity and chronic diseases ($42.9 million), and emerging infectious diseases and biodefense ($15.6 million). Another $825,000 in contributions was received for as-yet-undesignated purposes.

Opened in 1891, UTMB was Texas' first academic health center. Its medical, nursing, allied health sciences and graduate schools have awarded more than 26,000 degrees throughout their history. The university operates a comprehensive patient care enterprise, with six hospitals in Galveston and more than 100 campus- and community-based clinics throughout East and Southeast Texas. UTMB is currently ranked 38th nationally and third among Texas medical schools in National Institutes of Health funding.
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