To help ensure a safe and healthy environment for patients, guests and others, the use of all tobacco products is prohibited on the hospital campus, except in designated areas. The hospital's public smoking area is the courtyard off Fannin Street between Dunn Tower and the Fondren-Brown Building.
Houston Methodist Hospital is a gun-free zone as outlined by Texas Penal Code. Weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden while on campus. This applies to patients, visitors, guests and employees.
Cell phones are not allowed to be on or in use in any patient areas. These areas include: nursing units, intensive care units, catheterization units, the Emergency Department and diagnostic testing areas. Cellular phones can be used in all other areas.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Act
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a viral illness caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that is spread by contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person. We encourage you to be tested to determine your HIV status.
The test is voluntary, and if you choose to take it, we will ask you to sign a form that shows your consent.
If you decide to take the test, please consult your physician regarding results. You or your insurance company will be billed for the test. If you are aware that you have the HIV virus, please notify the hospital and your physician.
Charity Care Guidelines
Application for charity care assistance may be made in the hospital's Business Office in the Dunn Tower Patient Center.
Our counselors will ask the patient or family member to fill out an application and will request information about monthly income, expenses, credit card and loan obligations and assets owned. In addition, the counselor will ask for a copy of the individual's or family's most recent federal tax return as well as other documents. In evaluating the patient's application for charity care assistance, the hospital will consider the patient's income, the debts owed and assets owned. To be considered for charity care assistance, the patient cannot have assets out of proportion with the charity care assistance requested. Charity care is available to U.S. citizens and to legal, permanent residents of the United States.
An annual report of our community benefits plan is public information and is available from the Texas Department of Health.