Zale Corp. gives Dallas hospital $500,000

Zale Corp. has pledged $500,000 to UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for Zale Lipshy University Hospital.

The Dallas-based company’s gift will support the rehabilitation center on the eighth floor of the private referral hospital for UT Southwestern faculty physicians. The gift is part of the medical center’s $500 million “Innovations in Medicine” campaign to raise funds for biomedical research and clinical advances.

“Zale Corporation is proud to be a part of the quality medical research and treatment provided by Zale Lipshy University Hospital,” said Mary L. Forté, Zale Corp.’s president and chief executive officer. “It is our hope that this gift will assist the hospital in its goal of becoming one of the country’s premier comprehensive medical centers.”

Forté, who joined Zale in 1994, is a member of the board of directors of University Medical Center Inc. (UMC), the holding company for both Zale Lipshy and St. Paul University Hospitals. Robert J. DiNicola, chairman of Zale, serves on the Leadership Council for the “Innovations in Medicine” campaign and is a former UMC board member. He was recently elected to the board of Southwestern Medical Foundation.

“The relationship between UT Southwestern and Zale Corporation goes back many, many years,” said Dr. Kern Wildenthal, president of UT Southwestern. “Not only has the company been extremely generous in its philanthropic support, its people have shared their business expertise and unwavering dedication to excellence as members of the hospital’s governing body.”

In addition to providing initial funding for Zale Lipshy University Hospital, Zale Corporation has been instrumental in other UT Southwestern projects.

Zale Lipshy University Hospital is a 151-bed hospital that has earned a reputation as a leading treatment center, attracting patients from all 50 states and more than 25 foreign countries. Offering medical breakthroughs capable of prolonging, as well as improving, quality of life, it brings innovative research to the bedside. Specialties include neurosurgery, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, urology, vascular surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and cancer care.