A $15-Million Pledge Benefits a Texas Hospital’s Outpatients

A Public Hospital Gets $15-Million 1

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Lester Smith, a cancer survivor, pledged with his wife, Sue, to supporta Houston hospital.

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Lester Smith, a cancer survivor, pledged with his wife, Sue, to supporta Houston hospital.

How much: $15-million pledge

Who gave it: Lester and Sue Smith, through their foundation. Mr. Smith is head of Smith Interests, a Houston company that owns gas, minerals, oil, and timber businesses.

Who got it: Harris County Hospital District Foundation, in Houston, the fund-raising arm for the public hospital.

Purpose: An ambulatory-care center for outpatients that will be named after the