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Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014

The quest to find cures Mark Houser and his wife Lou, along with Greg Nelson and his wife Libbie, are among a growing partnership of TRI Founding Members, generous contributors committed to giving Houston Methodist physician-scientists the right environment and resources to be bold pioneers of discovery in the quest to find cures for humanity’s worst diseases. All have lost loved ones to the scourges of our time – Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. They believe Houston Methodist physicians and staff have the patient-focused core and the blend of compassion and ingenuity to improve the future of health care everywhere. “Houston Methodist is all about excellence,” says Lou Houser. “The idea of partnering to help patient outcomes and make life better for people drives us. It’s our time to give back.” An institution set apart Lou serves on the Houston Methodist Cancer Center Task Force. She walked beside both parents on their end-of-life journeys in distant hospitals, and she believes Houston Methodist’s faith-based values set this institution apart. Libbie, the daughter of beloved Houston physician Dr. Joseph S. Lattimore (1923-2007), says it’s all about caring. As a leader of Houston Methodist’s Faith & Medicine event, she believes every patient should be treated as her father treated his patients and given the best health care options possible. “A doctor like my dad is a true gem, and I want every patient here at Houston Methodist to have that special caring doctor or nurse. It makes all the difference.” Of all the boards and committees her husband serves on throughout Houston, she says his work with Houston Methodist and the Research Institute is inspired by a real love for the institution. Part of something special Greg has served on the Houston Methodist Board for more than 10 years, including leadership roles on several of its committees; as former chair of the Research Institute Board, he helped recruit Dr. Ferrari. “Our hospital is a Houston institution,” he says. “We on the board have an obligation to make sure it’s the best hospital in Houston, where we mark ourselves against the Mass Generals and the Cedars-Sinais of the country.” Mark has served on the Houston Methodist Board for three years, including roles on various committees. He and Nelson have hosted TRI luncheons to share the compelling research stories that could represent the next big medical breakthroughs. The atmosphere in these meetings of community and corporate leaders has been electric, they say. “Every single guest was leaning forward in his or her chair,” Houser says. “They all want to help and share ideas. I think we’re part of something really special here.” For more information, including a list of Founding Members, or to support the Translational Research Initiative, visit houstonmethodist.org/translational-research-initiative. THE GOAL IS TO GET MEDICAL DISCOVERIES FROM BENCH TO BEDSIDE 10 Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation


Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014
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