The Sealy & Smith Foundation Commits Record Gift to New Jennie Sealy Hospital

When UTMB announced plans to construct a new Jennie Sealy Hospital, the university received a record pledge of support from a longtime benefactor and ally. The Sealy & Smith Foundation has committed $170 million to the project, the largest single gift ever given to a Texas health institution. Including this grant, the foundation has given more than $800 million to UTMB during the philanthropy’s 90-year history.

“The board of The Sealy & Smith Foundation is proud to continue the Sealy family legacy in health care,” said John Kelso, foundation president. “This hospital will be a vitally important addition to the UTMB campus, and we’re pleased to play a role in its development.”

Once open for patients in 2016, the $438 million Jennie Sealy Hospital will offer 310 family-centered patient rooms (54 of those in intensive care), 20 world-class surgical suites and a 28-bed Day Surgery Center. It will complement the existing John Sealy Hospital, which itself is in the midst of an extensive renovation.

The Sealy & Smith Foundation was established in 1922 by the children of John Sealy, a Galveston businessman and civic leader who bequeathed $50,000 toward “a charitable purpose” following his death in 1884. His bequest led to construction of the first John Sealy Hospital in 1890 and, one year later, Texas’ first medical school, now known as UTMB.

Foundation Board members: (standing, l to r) Michael C. Doherty, John E. Eckel, John W. Kelso (President), E. J. Pederson, James B. Galbraith, (seated l to r) J. Fellman Seinsheimer, III, George Sealy III.

Foundation Board members: (standing, l to r) Michael C. Doherty, John E. Eckel, John W. Kelso (President), E. J. Pederson, James B. Galbraith, (seated l to r) J. Fellman Seinsheimer, III, George Sealy III.