Perot Family Supports Presbyterian Healthcare System Legacy of Care Campaign
10/18/2006

DALLAS – Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation (PHF) announces a generous $6 million gift from Margot and Ross Perot for the Presbyterian Healthcare System Legacy of Care Campaign to establish the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at Presbyterian Hospital of Plano (PHP). The Legacy of Care Campaign involves funding of annual program needs with the largest portion going to help support capital expansion projects totaling more than $330 million at Presbyterian Hospitals of Allen, Dallas and Plano.

“The Perots' overwhelming generosity shows their exemplary dedication to the wonderful work being done at the Presbyterian entities,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, the parent company of Presbyterian Healthcare System. “Mrs. Perot's leadership on our campaign executive committee, as well as her and Ross' gift, are humbling. It takes fundraising at this organization to a new level.”

“Margot and I are excited to be a part of the growth and improvements at Presbyterian,” said Mr. Perot. “I can still remember when Presbyterian was built in the late 1960's. Our family and friends benefit from the work being done at the Presbyterian hospitals, and lending our support is something we are happy to do to ensure that future generations of north Texans have excellent facilities and well-trained staff to turn to in times of need.”

The Perot gift establishes the new Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at PHP. In 1982, the Perots' children gave $1 million in addition to other large family donations to create the women and infant center at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas (PHD) in honor of their parent's 25th wedding anniversary.

The Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at PHD was the first free-standing center dedicated solely to the care of women and infants in North Texas, and has been recognized as the “Best Place to Have a Baby” by DallasChild magazine for 11 years running.

“Presbyterian Hospital is an important part of our community,” said Mrs. Perot. “Our family has had a long history with Presbyterian, beginning with our involvement in the building campaign for the first Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas 40 years ago, and continuing with the birth of two of our children and many of our grandchildren. Now with the creation of the women and infants center at the Plano hospital, those in the Collin County area will be served. Ross and I are happy to lend our name to these hospitals known for compassionate and quality care.”

“Women face unique and complex health care challenges, such as pregnancy and new motherhood, and infants and children have unique needs, as well,” said Phil Wentworth, president of PHP. “To help respond to these needs, PHP offers a full range of health care services specifically with these patients' needs and care in mind.”

Answering the critical needs of women and infants, the PHP medical staff includes 146 pediatricians, including 57 specialists and 12 pediatric surgeons, 73 obstetricians and 30 neonatologists. The dedicated Perot Center will stretch 129,500 square feet across three connected hospital towers and two floor levels. When complete, these patient floors will include 17 all-private labor and delivery rooms, 56 postpartum rooms and 20 high risk obstetrics rooms. To accommodate the 3,800 new births expected each year at PHP, the newborn nursery at PHP will be renovated and expanded from 34 beds to 48 beds, with 16 beds available for future growth, and will be conveniently located near the labor and delivery and postpartum units so mothers and babies are within close proximity following delivery. The level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has 45 specialized beds, with nine beds available for future growth, and provides comprehensive services and quality care by board-certified neonatologists and specially trained nurses for the sickest of babies.

Children who are admitted for an overnight hospital stay prepare for surgery/treatment, or recover from surgery/treatment, within a whimsical village known as the “de MilleVille” pediatric unit, named for PHP benefactor, Sue A. de Mille. Offering a comprehensive range of medical and surgical services for children and adolescents, the 12-bed pediatric unit is brightly decorated with fanciful wall murals and customized furniture to help comfort both the child and their parents. This unit will soon be expanded to 24 all-private pediatric rooms.

Approximately 1,200 hopeful parents enroll each year in Presbyterian Healthcare System's Assisted Reproductive Technology Services (ARTS) program; 55 percent of those patients are at PHP. The ARTS program at PHD and PHP is affiliated with the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies and has on-site reproductive laboratories certified by the College of American Pathologists. This program, through both the Dallas and Plano hospitals, was named one of the “Ten Best Fertility Centers” in the United States in 2005, as researched by Child magazine. The pediatric unit and the ARTS program round out the services provided as part of the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at PHP.

“I know the Margot Perot Center in Plano will be a great community asset for women and infants. The Perot name, as we have seen at the Margot Perot Center in Dallas, is synonymous with high quality care and we are excited to bring a Margot Perot Center to the women of Collin County,” said Mr. Wentworth. Mr. Wentworth also said he believes having the Perot name as part of Presbyterian Hospital of Plano will help encourage families to choose Presbyterian as their health care provider. “We are grateful to the Perots for their gift and leadership, which is a tribute to what we do each and every day at all of the Presbyterian hospitals and at the Plano hospital, in particular,” said Mr. Wentworth.

A ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the naming of the Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants at PHP will be held on October 24.

For more PHF information, call 214-345-8442, or visit presbyhealthfoundation.org.

About the Legacy of Care Campaign
The Legacy of Care Campaign will provide philanthropic funding from the community for annual hospital program needs as well as the capital expansions at Presbyterian Hospitals of Allen, Dallas and Plano. The expansion and renovation at Presbyterian Hospital of Allen included the addition of a new eight-bed intensive care unit (ICU), 14 new medical surgical beds, six new labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum beds and enhanced diagnostic services. At Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas the expansion will include the addition of a new six-story bed tower that will add 72 ICU beds and 108 new inpatient beds, renovation of current patient care floors in the main building and a new parking structure. For Presbyterian Hospital of Plano it includes a new nine-story bed tower adding 139 new inpatient beds, new ancillary and emergency service facilities and a parking structure. In 2005, these three hospitals combined encountered more than 360,000 patient visits, and these necessary expansions and renovations will allow these bustling hospitals to grow with this statistic while improving upon the patient and family experience. Spearheading the Legacy of Care Campaign are chairman, Jerry Farrington, and vice-chair, Nancy Ann Hunt, along with several long-time supporters of Presbyterian who are all part of the Campaign Executive Committee: A. Compton Broders, M.D., Roy Gene Evans, B. Henry Estess, M.D., Denny Holman, Terry Kelley and Margot Perot. All of these leaders demonstrate a true commitment to Presbyterian through their contributions of time and financial support.

About Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation
Through philanthropy, Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation provides support to Presbyterian Hospitals of Allen, Dallas, Kaufman, Plano and Winnsboro and a retirement community, Presbyterian Village North. Established in 1986, Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation plays a critical role in continuing the mission of the 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 hospitals that are a part of Presbyterian Healthcare System. Through the efforts of the Foundation, the strong tradition of community support through philanthropy enables entities of the Presbyterian Healthcare System to forge ahead in medical research and education, technology and the provision of quality patient care.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States. The 13-hospital system is the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served and includes the Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit http://www.texashealth.org/.