Texas Health Resources Honors Nancy B. Hamon's Life, Philanthropic Legacy
08/01/2011

DALLAS — Texas Health Resources today honored Dallas philanthropist and long-time Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas benefactor Nancy B. Hamon, who passed away on July 30 at the age of 92.

Doug Hawthorne and Nancy Hamon at Hamon Tower dedication
Texas Health Resources CEO Doug Hawthorne and Nancy B. Hamon attended the 2009 dedication ceremony for the Hamon Tower at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Hamon made a $10 million gift to support the 460,000-square-foot medical complex. Photo courtesy Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation
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“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend Nancy Hamon,” said Doug Hawthorne, Texas Health Resources CEO. “She has left a profound legacy at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and on the way healthcare is delivered in our community. We count Mrs. Hamon’s generosity among our many blessings and we will always cherish her Texas-sized giving spirit.”

In total, Hamon gave more than $13 million to support patient care initiatives at Texas Health Dallas, making the hospital one of the top local charities fortunate to benefit from her generosity.

In 2002, Hamon made a $3 million gift for the Hamon iMRI (intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging) Suite, which features BrainSUITE™ technology. The advanced operating suite and technology provides neurosurgeons with real-time, decision-making information to treat complicated brain tumors and other surgery cases. Dr. J. Michael Desaloms, a neurosurgeon on the medical staff of Texas Health Dallas and close friend of Hamon’s, was the first neurosurgeon in the United States to operate on a patient with a complex tumor using the BrainSUITE™ technology.

“Mrs. Hamon was an amazing lady,” said Desaloms. “She was gracious and so generous. She was instrumental in advancing neurosciences at Presbyterian through her selfless philanthropic support. She will be missed.”

In 2006, Hamon made a $10 million gift to support the Legacy of Care Campaign of Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation. Her gift helped expand the Texas Health Dallas campus with a new 460,000-square-foot, leading-edge medical complex. Hamon Tower was the first facility in Texas, and among the first in the country, to incorporate Flash CT technology, a super-speed CAT scanner that helps physicians diagnose life-threatening conditions in seconds and eliminates the need for some exploratory surgeries.

Hamon’s generous donation to the Legacy of Care Campaign marked the largest single gift ever received by Texas Health Resources. Her gift was made in honor of her late husband, Texas oilman Jake L. Hamon. Jake Hamon served on the hospital’s original development committee and played a critical role in the fundraising campaign to build Texas Health Dallas in the 1960s.

“I enjoy giving to organizations and causes where I know something good is being done,” Hamon said in a 2003 interview with Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation. “I also like to give to charities that I have a personal connection with, to those causes that I feel are worthwhile, and I like to know the money is going for actual programs the community needs.”

Nancy B. Hamon
Nancy B. Hamon

Hamon was close friends with Academy Award-winning actress Greer Garson and her husband Col. E.E. “Buddy” Fogelson. After Fogelson’s passing following complications of Parkinson’s disease in the 1980s, Garson made a $1 million gift to the hospital to found the E.E. and Greer Garson Fogelson Center for Parkinson’s and Other Neurological Disorders. Her giving inspired Mrs. Hamon to help other patients in the community. Texas Health Dallas is one of only two campuses in Dallas to bear the Hamon and Garson names together.

“Mrs. Hamon was a legend in her own right,” said Jay McAuley, president of Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation. “She certainly helped put Dallas on the map with her generosity. Mrs. Hamon has left an indelible mark on healthcare in North Texas. We are eternally grateful for her selfless generosity.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation
Through philanthropy, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation provides support to five Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals in Allen, Dallas, Denton, Kaufman and Plano. Established in 1986, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation plays a critical role in continuing the mission of the Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals to improve the health of the communities served. The Foundation strives to enhance the delivery of quality patient care by joining with committed donors to sustain the long-term fiscal viability of the hospital that are a part of Texas Health Resources. Through the efforts of the Foundation, the strong tradition of community support through philanthropy enables the Texas Health Presbyterian hospitals to forge ahead in medical research and education, technology and the provision of quality patient care. Since its inception, Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation has granted $92 million to support these needs.