The Vision for the Campaign for Our Second Century

Moving from the best hospital in Texas to best in the world

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From our founding in 1919, we have risen from humble beginnings to a position of international prominence.  A small community hospital became home to the pioneering genius of Dr. Michael DeBakey and powered Houston Methodist's evolution into the premier academic medical institution it is today.

We achieved this by attracting and educating the most brilliant medical talent. We fostered innovation by deploying this talent along with a unique blend of process tenacity, business savvy and a culture of spiritual values. This is how we became best in Texas. This was the story of our first century.

Our second century will be defined by the same formula—only multiplied. Together, we seek to generate $500 million or more in philanthropy. To achieve this, Houston Methodist will engage our community of friends and benefactors—the partners whose leadership and generosity have helped to build our legacy of excellence and positioned us to take this next evolutionary leap forward. This is Leading Medicine to the Power of M.

In order to move even further among the best in the world, we have identified four strategic initiatives that complement and exponentially multiply our ongoing clinical excellence. They are:

Leverage Your Gift

Houston Methodist has faced numerous daunting challenges over the past 100 years. We have succeeded and flourished because we have never strayed from our core values. These advantages have set Houston Methodist apart, and laid a foundation for future success. Our strategy now is to multiply the specific areas of strength that will have the most direct and immediate impact on a transformative future for state-of-the-art patient care.

To achieve this vision, our amazing philanthropic partners are creating ways to build on these strengths and exponentially multiply every investment to the power of M. Through dollar-for-dollar matches, our goal is to leverage philanthropic dollars for projects with the potential to change the lives of patients in the near future. Examples of these matching programs include:

  • Centennial Chair Challenge (C3)
  • Translational Research Initiative
  • Cancer Matching Challenge
  • Transplant Matching Challenge


Read more about our friends and benefactors whose leadership and generosity have helped to build our legacy and take this next step forward

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Lynda K. and David M. Underwood

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