1951: Bringing Spirituality to Patients

The exquisite Wiess Memorial Chapel opens its doors. Decorated with stained glass windows, a pipe organ and plush red carpet, it looks more like a church than a mere chapel and represents the very best of what the Wiess family and the Methodist Church can do in terms of philanthropy. The chapel is later reassembled in Dunn Tower, where it resides to this day.

1953: New Administrator Takes the Helm

Adept administrator inspires and leads hospital expansion. At the age of 32, Ted Bowen takes over upon Josie Robert’s retirement, guided by the philosophy that “bigness does not necessarily beget coldness.” His whatever-it-takes spirit is exemplified when the new building opens and, for lack of funds, he and his wife set about creating a sign for the hospital themselves.

1958: Unveiling a New Surgical ICU

The Methodist Hospital unveils a streamlined postoperative practice with the ICU Critical care emerges as a result of the global polio epidemic and the surgical ICU at The Methodist Hospital is completed. With 24 patient beds, it is the first of its kind in Houston and one of only a few in the United States. Methodist is at the forefront of the revolution in postoperative patient care.