Dallas attorney Jeffrey A. Chapman has donated $100,000 to UT Southwestern Medical Center to help fund construction of the new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. The gift, made through Southwestern Medical Foundation as part of UT Southwestern’s Building the Future of Medicine campaign, honors his late wife, Sheila Chapman.
“I wanted to remember my wife, who was the love of my life and an extraordinary partner for 32 years,” said Mr. Chapman, who is a partner with the national corporate law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and co-chair of the firm’s Global Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. “She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February 2011. She survived for two years, thanks in part to the great care she received at UT Southwestern.”
Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern, thanked Mr. Chapman for his support of the new hospital and confidence in the care it will provide.
“We are grateful to Mr. Chapman for his generosity in helping ensure that we are able to provide the very best care to all patients who come to UT southwestern Medical Center, as our physicians and other caregivers focus on the needs of the patient and their family,” Dr. Podolsky said.
Mrs. Chapman, who died in February 2013, was a devoted volunteer, wife, and mother. Her passion for fundraising and volunteering helped many organizations, particularly the Vogel Alcove, a Dallas nonprofit serving homeless children in the area.
“Sheila was a real force to be reckoned with in Dallas,” said Mr. Chapman. “She was an extraordinary fundraiser, and a great woman of dignity and respect. This donation was made out of love for her.”
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Chapman represents both public and private companies in diverse international and U.S. transactions in a broad range of industries including energy, retail, real estate, health care, and technology. He is ranked as one of the top 50 “Corporate/M&A lawyers” in the U.S. by prestigious industry association publication Chambers Global and has received numerous other accolades from the association. These recognitions include being named a “Star Individual” in 2013, a ranking that had not previously been awarded to a corporate lawyer in Texas. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Chapman was a partner in Vinson & Elkins and its Dallas’ office managing partner.
Mr. Chapman has been on the Board of Trustees for Southwestern Medical Foundation since 2007 and on the nominating committee since 2008. President and CEO of Southwestern Medical Foundation, Kathleen Gibson said: “It is particularly meaningful to receive such a heartfelt gift and commitment from one of our board members, as well as an individual who has experienced the quality of the patient-focused care from the physicians and caregivers at our hospitals.”
UT Southwestern’s new $800 million, 460-bed Clements University Hospital is the culmination of the work of more than 1,000 employees, donors, and community supporters who helped craft the design for the facility, which is meticulously centered around the needs of patients and their families. The innovative Clements University Hospital integrates best practices gathered from the nation’s top medical institutions, combined with the high standards of clinical care, research, and education that UT Southwestern is known for around the world. It is scheduled to open in late 2014.