From the Chair

Thanks to you, we had another successful year.
Because of generous benefactors, nearly $92 million was raised in 2023. You have read many of those benefactors’ stories, but there are three that merit special attention.
A transformational gift from the Jerold B. Katz Foundation will allow us to add four new members to the Katz Academy of Translational Research, bringing the number of Katz Investigators to an even dozen. The Katz family is the largest benefactor to the Houston Methodist Academic Institute to date, and we are most grateful for their latest investment in keeping us on the forefront of the future of medicine.
This year will see the launch of The Bookout Center for Medical Innovation, Technology, Research and Education. The Bookout Center was established thanks to a transformational 2023 gift from Ann and John F. Bookout III and brings the Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIESM) and the Houston Methodist Institute for Robotics, Imaging and Navigation (MIRIN) under one umbrella. The Bookout Center will serve as a leading research and training facility, integrating the use of robotics, imaging, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.
Both Evan H. Katz and John F. Bookout III serve on the Houston Methodist Academic Institute Board of Directors. We are blessed to benefit not only from their generous philanthropy but also their wisdom and leadership.
And a significant gift from The John M. O’Quinn Foundation adds two endowed positions and a fellowship to the fight against neurodegenerative diseases. It also catalyzes The John M. O’Quinn Foundation Neurodegenerative Disorders Laboratory, through which an interdisciplinary team of neurologists and neuroscientists in the Houston Methodist Stanley H. Appel Department of Neurology can further advance study of these illnesses.
As you’ve read these pages, you’ve learned of other benefactors who have established endowed positions, created targeted research funds and made legacy gifts to support Houston Methodist for generations to come. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can help the No. 1 hospital in Texas improve patient care, save lives and help cure diseases, kindly let us know. We would love to enlist you in our effort to continue leading medicine.
John W. Johnson
Chair, Board of Directors Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation