Contributor Stories

Each year, generous philanthropists support Houston Methodist's research, education and patient care initiatives. These gifts play an important role in advancing our leading medicine mission. Each gift makes a difference in our patients’ lives and the future of medicine. 

Jerold B. Katz Foundation Makes $21 Million Commitment
Houston Methodist has received an extraordinary $21 million gift, a commitment that is primed to advance the pursuit of life-changing discoveries in the laboratory and could lead to innovative treatments for some of the world’s most critical health issues. The gift from the Jerold B. Katz Foundation focuses on medical research and its unlimited potential by providing the sustained resources needed to accelerate effective medical discoveries to the marketplace.

Jim Nantz: Architect of Change
Maria Shriver's The Sunday Paper honored Jim Nantz as its Architect of Change of the Week. Nantz shared his insights on calling the NCAA Men's Final Four and The Masters this spring as well as his Alzheimer's advocacy and support of the Nantz National Alzheimer Center. 

The Hamill Foundation Fuels the Men's Health Initiative
The Hamill Foundation helped establish the Men’s Comprehensive Health Initiative in the Houston Methodist Department of Urology. This program will enhance overall men’s health by providing coordinated specialty care, translational research and health professional education.

Houston Methodist Receives Gift to Name Neurology Department
Joan Appel made a philanthropic commitment to Houston Methodist to name the Department of Neurology the Stanley H. Appel Department of Neurology to support research, education and patient care. The gift is in recognition of her husband’s impact on Houston Methodist and the field of neurology. The gift also creates the Stanley H. Appel, MD Chair in Translational Neurosciences. 

Dagmar Dow Dunn Innovator Award
In 2015, Eva Lynn and Steve made a philanthropic commitment to establish the Dagmar Dow Dunn Innovator Award, a bold collaborative translational research program between Houston Methodist and Rice University. The program honors Steve’s mother and grandfather – Dagmar Dow Dunn and Charles Milby Dow.
The Simmons Collaboration
The collaboration between Texas Children’s and Houston Methodist Hospital was made possible by philanthropists, Virginia “Ginny” and L.E. Simmons who created the program after the 2014 Ebola virus scare highlighted the need for more focus on these infectious diseases. The collaboration between the two resulted in the country’s first hospital-based rapid tests for the Zika virus.

Houston Methodist Receives $6.5 Million Gift to Name Liver Center
The Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation at Houston Methodist Hospital is now named the Sherrie and Alan Conover Center for Liver Disease & Transplantation. The Conovers, who live in Estero, Fla., donated a $6.5 million gift to the center that will be used for research, outreach and education.

Houston Methodist’s commitment to provide specialty medical care to uninsured and underserved patients received a boost with a $4 million gift from Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Occidental’s gift allows the Houston Methodist Scholars program to expand and offer additional specialty care to communities throughout the greater Houston area.

We invite you to learn more about these contributors and others  in the Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation Magazine.