University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, announced that it would name its under-construction University Hospital after William Clements Jr., a former Texas governor and a 2009 donor of $100 million to the Southwestern Medical Foundation.
Now called the William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, the $800 million, 460-bed hospital is scheduled to open in late 2014 and will replace the St. Paul University Hospital, according to a news release.
Clements, who made his fortune in the oil industry, died in May. “Governor Clements' only instruction when he made this remarkable gift more than two years ago was that it be used for something that would have a transformational impact on UT Southwestern," said Dr. Daniel Podolsky, president of UT Southwestern. “We were deeply honored by his confidence and are now pleased and proud to name our new hospital in commemoration of a true Texas giant, certain that it will have the transformational effect he envisioned.