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Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014

In the past 50 years, the American health care system has seen astonishing changes. In 1965, Medicare was brand new, organ transplantation was in its infancy and average life expectancy hovered around age 70. However, thanks to extraordinary leadership, including that exhibited by David M. Underwood and John F. Bookout, Houston Methodist has not only survived, but has thrived during this extraordinary half-century of change and growth. With a combined 88 years FOLLOW >THE >LEADERS> Houston Methodist honors extraordinar y leadership through dedications of service on the Houston Methodist Board of Directors – Mr. Underwood for 52 years and Mr. Bookout for 36 – both men have made incalculable contributions to the hospital’s success. Mr. Underwood has been involved in leadership at Houston Methodist for the past 50 years. With an unstinting commitment and dedication to the hospital, he has continued the philanthropic legacy of his grandmother, the indefatigable Ella Fondren and many other members of the family. As chairman of the finance committee, Mr. Underwood has always seen to the best interests of the hospital system, emphasizing financial strength and a strong balance sheet as the surest formula for stability. Additionally, his chairmanship of Houston Methodist’s first major capital campaign was paramount to its resounding success. John F. Bookout began his volunteer service on the Houston Methodist Board of Directors in 1979. In 1991, he began 16 years as chairman of the Board, and today continues to provide invaluable counsel and wisdom as the board’s senior chairman. His visionary leadership was pivotal in Houston Methodist’s transformation into a thriving independent academic medical center with Weill Cornell Medical College as its primary medical school affiliate; commencement of the Houston Methodist-sponsored residency and fellowship program; and founding of the Houston Methodist Research Institute. In recognition of these extraordinary contributions to Houston Methodist, the Dunn Tower Board Room has been named the David M. Underwood Board Room, and the Houston Methodist Research Institute Auditorium has been named the John F. Bookout Auditorium. The board of directors and administration are deeply grateful to both Mr. Underwood and Mr. Bookout for their loyal and steadfast commitments to the current and future success of Houston Methodist. 42 Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation


Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014
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