October 1, 2014 (San Antonio, TX)
— The SWBC Foundation has demonstrated its support for the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio by donating a $2 million gift for the creation and appointment of an endowed chair, named for Gary Dudley and Charlie Amato, co-founders of SWBC.
The Gary Dudley and Charlie Amato Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurology is being awarded to Dr. Yu-tze Ng, who serves as the section chief of the pediatric neurology division at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.
“We recognize the importance of having a world-class children’s hospital in San Antonio,” said Dudley. “We know CHRISTUS Santa Rosa has amassed a group of health care providers that will be invaluable to our city.”
“It’s a privilege to be able to support the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word who have been here since the 1800s,” said Amato. “Helping them expand their ministry though this faith-based hospital is a blessing and honor for us.”
SWBC has been a leader in the community since its inception in 1976. SWBC employees participate in various community activities in San Antonio and across the country, providing support for local, regional, and national causes. SWBC believes in giving back to communities where they operate, and they provide financial support to a wide range of non-profit organizations.
SWBC’s President, Gary Dudley and Chairman, Charlie Amato, formed SWBC with $1500 of starting capital. Today, SWBC is an international diversified financial services company providing a wide range of insurance, mortgage and investment services to businesses, families and financial institutions. With offices across the country, the company has more than 2,000 employees. And, throughout the company’s history, there has always been a focus on providing outstanding customer service and running the business with integrity. Both Amato and Dudley admit that even though SWBC is a privately held company, they run it like it is publicly traded.
Prior to joining the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Ng served as the director of epilepsy and chief of child neurology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He also held the Presbyterian Health Foundation Chair of Child Neurology. Dr. Ng earned his medical degree from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His professional training continued as he completed fellowships in epilepsy and pediatric neurology at University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Ng is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians/Pediatricians and is board certified in neurology with special qualification in child neurology and has additional board certifications in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed original scientific journal articles, editorials and book chapters and is an associate editor for the journal Pediatric Neurology.
“I am sincerely honored and humbled to receive this extremely generous endowment gift from SWBC,” shared Ng. “I accepted my position as the Chief of Neurology because of the excitement and genuine, dynamic expansion and progress of San Antonio's first free-standing Children's Hospital in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine. I didn’t have prior knowledge of this Chair, so this endowment is truly the icing on the cake. I am confident we'll be able to build one of the best child neurology sections in the world and believe we're already halfway there with a team of five child neurologists and a comprehensive epilepsy program to follow. This gift will help us continue to grow.”
Endowed chairs recognize and foster excellence among medical professionals who are leaders in their field. Clinical, research and educational opportunities for the recipient and the department they represent are supported through the earnings of a permanent fund. The Children's Hospital of San Antonio has seven endowed chairs.
“There is no better way to honor Gary Dudley and Charlie Amato for their commitment to serving the children of San Antonio and South Texas,” said John E. Bel, president for the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation. “This gift from SWBC establishes an endowment that will help us expand our research, education, and health care for patients suffering with neurological disorders.”
Headquartered in San Antonio, SWBC is a diversified financial services company providing a wide range of insurance, mortgage, and investment services to financial institutions, businesses, and individuals. With offices across the country, SWBC is committed to providing quality products, outstanding service, and customized solutions in all 50 states. For more information, visit SWBC’s website at www.swbc.com.
About the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation was founded in 1955 to support the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio (formerly CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital).The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is the first free-standing hospital in San Antonio solely dedicated to the care of children. Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is owned by CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. Founded in 1869 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and San Antonio, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa is a Catholic, faith-based, nonprofit health and wellness ministry dedicated to extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and providing the highest quality medical care and services available. As one of the top health care organizations in South-Central Texas, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa has five hospital campuses, with campuses located in downtown San Antonio, the South Texas Medical Center, in New Braunfels, in Westover Hills, and a short-stay surgical hospital in Alamo Heights. For additional information on the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, visit www.childrenshospitalsafoundation.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chosafoundation, and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/csrfoundations.
About Baylor College of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) in Houston is recognized as a premier academic health science center and is known for excellence in education, research and patient care. It is the only private medical school in the greater southwest and is ranked as one of the top 25 medical schools for research in U.S. News & World Report. BCM is listed 17th among all U.S. medical schools for National Institutes of Health funding, and first in Texas. Located in the Texas Medical Center, BCM has affiliations with eight teaching hospitals. Currently, BCM trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia, and physician assistant students, as well as residents and post- doctoral fellows. BCM also has long-standing partnerships to support science education in programs throughout South Texas, from high school students to college students at The University of Texas – Pan American. The College, with Texas Children’s, also began the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic in McAllen, which celebrates its 12th anniversary this year. Follow Baylor College of Medicine on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BaylorCollegeOfMedicine) and twitter (http://twitter.com/BCMHouston).
Veronica S. Laurel