Clarence Scharbauer, Jr.
Completes $25 Million Pledge
In 1947, a Midland Reporter-Telegram headline announced, “$600,000 is Needed to Build Midland Memorial Hospital.” Twenty-four men and women, appointed by the Midland Chamber of Commerce, were charged with the responsibility of raising the funds to build a much needed community hospital. A 22-year-old Clarence Scharbauer, Jr., was one of those 24 dedicated individuals who raised more than $750,000 in private philanthropy to build Midland Memorial Hospital, which opened its doors in July 1950.
Almost 60 years later, Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. led the way once again. In 2008, he announced an extraordinary pledge of $25 million to kick-off the Campaign for Tomorrow to build a new patient tower, giving the largest gift the hospital has ever received. Mr. Scharbauer’s donation, to be paid in five annual installments, not only boosted the campaign, but virtually assured its success.
Rosalind Redfern Grover, chairman of the Campaign for Tomorrow and a second-generation member of the Board of Governors, called Mr. Scharbauer, “one of Midland’s greatest philanthropists.” She remarked, “Not only has Mr. Scharbauer given more to the Hospital and other vital nonprofit organizations than anyone else, he has done so with a style and grace that are unmatched in our community’s history.”
The final installment of Mr. Scharbauer’s pledge was received in September by Midland Memorial Foundation, fulfilling this remarkable pledge. Through the Campaign for Tomorrow, Midland Memorial Foundation exceeded its $60 million private philanthropy goal to help with construction of the new patient tower, which opened in December 2012.
Russell Meyers, President and CEO of Midland Memorial Hospital, adds “Since coming here almost 10 years ago, I have been struck by the overwhelming generosity of the people of Midland. Midland Memorial Hospital has been extraordinarily blessed by the gifts of Clarence Scharbauer, Jr., and his family, and we cannot possibly thank them enough.”
The Nadine and Tom Craddick Medical Office Building
Dedication Honors Decades of Faithful Support
Tom and Nadine Craddick with their daughter Christi Craddick and granddaughter Catherine Craddick
September 13, 2012, Midland Memorial Hospital honored Nadine and Tom Craddick for their years of dedicated service to the healthcare of West Texans, by naming the Hospital’s Medical Office Building in their honor. The Nadine and Tom Craddick Medical Office Building, located adjacent to the new hospital tower that is nearing completion, houses Texas Oncology, Diagnostic Imaging Associates, and a variety of physician offices. Substantial private donations secured by the Craddicks helped make this building a reality.
From left: Nadine Craddick, Tom Craddick, and Jenna Welch
“We dedicate this building to Nadine and Tom Craddick for their untiring support of healthcare and this hospital,” said Russell Meyers, President and CEO of Midland Memorial Hospital. “We are honored to have their names formally associated with ours as leaders in healthcare delivery across our region – the region Representative Craddick so admirably serves.”
“Nadine and I are honored to have this place of healing and hope named for us. The Nadine and Tom Craddick Medical Office Building will always generate in us a strong sense of pride for the great work that is done here," Rep. Craddick said. "To the Staff, Board of Governors, Board of Trustees and Board of Directors, on behalf of Nadine and our family, we are sincerely grateful for this honor you have bestowed upon us today.”
Nadine and Tom Craddick have been supportive of new growth and advanced technologies at Midland Memorial Hospital. Nadine served on the Hospital’s Board of Trustees for 13 years and during the majority of that time served on the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee. Since 2004, she has served on the Board of Governors.
From left: Patty Herd, Tevis Herd, Nadine Craddick and Tom Craddick
Rep. Craddick has helped to secure critical funding for the construction of the hospital’s surgical wing and new surgery suites. He has worked vigorously with Texas Tech and Midland College to help enlarge the Permian Basin’s pool of healthcare providers. His involvement with Texas Tech helped create the OB-GYN and Internal Medicine physician residency programs at Midland Memorial. Rep. Craddick also helped Texas Tech create its highly respected Physician Assistant program at Midland College. Medical professionals throughout the area are able to learn and train how to save lives on high fidelity manikins because of funding secured by Rep. Craddick.
Tom Craddick was 25 years old when he was first elected to represent West Texas in Austin. He was the youngest representative elected and among the first of nine Republicans to serve in the 150 seat Texas House. Tom married Nadine in 1969. Today, they have two children; Christi Craddick and Tommy Craddick, plus three wonderful grandchildren, Tripp, Claire and Catherine. On January 11, 2003, Rep. Craddick was elected as the first Republican Speaker of the House. As state representative, Rep. Craddick represents Midland, Martin, Crane, Dawson and Upton counties.
Nadine and Tom Craddick’s pursuit of quality healthcare in the Permian Basin will benefit the citizens of our region for years to come. Midland Memorial Foundation is ever grateful for their enduring support.