Looking Up
In spite of COVID-19 still being a part of our lives, things are definitely looking up.
I’ve said throughout this past year that COVID-19 would not define us but that we would expect and plan for it to be around for the foreseeable future. That’s exactly what happened in 2022, but its nagging presence did not deter our progress or you from generously ensuring, through your leadership and philanthropic support, that Houston Methodist will continue to lead medicine.
As you will read in the pages ahead, we are incredibly grateful to all those philanthropic leaders who continue to power our success — whether in cutting-edge research disciplines like neuroprosthetics and imaging or through wide-ranging medical education and training opportunities. You will meet some amazing and inspiring benefactors, and my hope is that their stories will give you another perspective on what Houston Methodist can achieve when we all work toward a common goal.
The patient continues to be at the center of everything we do. Houston Methodist was named by U.S. News & World Report as an Honor Roll hospital for the fourth consecutive year (No. 15 in the nation) and as No. 1 in Texas for the 11th straight year. All seven Houston Methodist acute care hospitals earned Magnet recognition (for nursing excellence) and straight As from Leapfrog (which measures safety). Newsweek also named us among the Top 10 smart hospitals in the world.
Thanks to you, Houston Methodist can attract and retain the most talented physicians, physician-scientists and scientists. Your generous gifts have made possible 12 new endowed chairs in 2022, bringing our cumulative total to 132 endowed positions. You have invested in the next generation of doctors by supporting fellowships and trainees. You have helped create holistic care programs that benefit patients as well as their families and caregivers. You have enabled us to integrate spirituality and the arts into the healing process. And you have generously given to spur innovations in health care that are groundbreaking now but may seem routine this time next year — that’s how quickly the landscape is changing.
This publication tells how we arrived at where we are today. As we move through 2023 and beyond, we will continue to focus obsessively on our patients. That is not only our sacred duty but also our promise: You can count on Houston Methodist whenever you need us.
Marc L. Boom, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Houston Methodist