A new Moncrief gift of care, and caring

The Moncrief oil family’s latest generous gift to the University of Texas is also a great gift to Fort Worth.

With $25 million from W.A. “Tex” Moncrief Jr., the system’s UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas will add a second medical complex, this one in the emerging South Main Street business district of south Fort Worth.

By next year, specialists from UTSW in Dallas will see clinic patients here in the new UT Southwestern Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center at Fort Worth, expanding beyond the care UTSW already offers here through a partnership with the nearby Moncrief Cancer Institute.

For Tarrant County patients already seeing UTSW specialists in Dallas or a satellite clinic, that might mean a shorter trip for UTSW clinical care, tests and lab work.

For the Fort Worth medical community, it brings the University of Texas’ powerful brand to a strong regional healthcare sector that already includes a medical school, a leading children’s hospital and a major trauma care center, with a pharmacy school and a second medical school coming soon.

For all of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, it means stronger, healthier residents, neighbors and families.

Once again, as almost since the day the original cancer institute opened in 1958 as the Radiation Center, we owe great thanks to the Moncrief family.

Over the last half-century, the Moncriefs and the family’s foundation have given $75 million here to support the Moncrief Cancer Institute, now part of the UT Southwestern system, and another $14 million toward programs at the Dallas campus.

As of this year, the cancer institute also saves lives across a nine-county North Texas area with its $1.1 million Mobile Cancer Survivor Clinic, an entire treatment clinic aboard an 18-wheeler.

The new combined Moncrief Medical Center will include both the current cancer institute on West Magnolia Avenue and the new outpatient specialty medical center.

It takes over a sore-thumb building on South Main Street at Pennsylvania Avenue that was framed up by a previous owner but was never finished.

W.A. “Tex” Moncrief Jr. has long been one of the most generous donors to both UT and TCU.

He is a champion for healthcare and education in Fort Worth and Texas.

Fort Worth can take great pride, both in a new UT System investment and that it will be named Moncrief.