Dallas philanthropists Gay and Bill Solomon have given $1 million to help build and equip the new University Hospital at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

The gift, which was made through Southwestern Medical Foundation, is one of the earliest donations for the medical center’s $200 million Building the Future of Medicine campaign, for which Mr. Solomon serves as Campaign Steering Committee chairman.

“Gay and I feel that the new University Hospital is a key component of the medical center’s continued trajectory to the next level of clinical excellence, which in turn is an essential ingredient in UT Southwestern’s mission to become one of the world’s premier academic medical centers,” said Mr. Solomon, chairman of the board of Southwestern Medical Foundation and former chairman of the Leadership Council for the medical center’s historic Innovations in Medicine campaign. “This unique facility will greatly benefit not only the medical center but our entire region, and we are enormously proud to be a part of its growth.”

The hospital’s 150-seat Education Center Auditorium will be named for the couple, in recognition of their latest gift.

“The Solomons, whose invaluable contributions to UT Southwestern are too numerous to mention, have long been in the business of giving,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president of the medical center. “As a result of their lead gift our Education Center Auditorium will proudly carry their name as a key resource for the benefit of our physicians and other caregivers as well as patients and community friends. It will be a focal point of the intersection between our commitment to patients and educational initiatives that complement that mission. Bill Solomon’s leadership at the medical center has been truly inspirational, and this impactful contribution is no exception. On behalf of thousands of people who will benefit from the Solomons’ generosity, we extend our deepest gratitude.”

Mr. Solomon is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and the Harvard Business School. The former chairman and CEO of Austin Industries, he is chairman of the Hoblitzelle Foundation and a former director of Belo. Mrs. Solomon, an honors graduate of UT Austin, is a homemaker, an artist and an interior designer. She serves on the board of the Dallas Museum of Art and the Dallas County Community College District Foundation and on the advisory committee of the CONTACT Counseling and Crisis Line. In 2003 the Solomons donated $10 million to launch and endow the William T. and Gay F. Solomon Division of General Internal Medicine. They both serve on the Board of Visitors for UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics.

Construction and completion of the $800 million, 460-bed University Hospital, slated to open in 2015, is being financed through a combination of bond sales, philanthropy and $200 million committed by UT Southwestern physicians from their clinical earnings. Because no state or other public funds will be used to support this project, lead gifts from generous friends of the medical center are building a strong foundation of support.

The Solomons have been longstanding and loyal supporters of UT Southwestern, and their leadership has been of exceptional importance to the medical center’s emergence as an internationally renowned leader in medicine. Their generosity not only is an expression of their personal confidence in the future of the medical center and its new hospital but also is an important symbol to others of the crucial importance of private philanthropy in enabling UT Southwestern to excel in clinical care, education, and research.