An anonymous donation of $50 million was gifted to Houston Methodist Hospital System for furthering specialized research, according to an April 29 press release from Houston Methodist.
The donation is the second largest in the hospital’s 102-year history. In 2020, $52 million in philanthropic contributions were given to Houston Methodist by 3,000 separate donors.
Last year, Houston Methodist ended its "Leading Medicine to the Power of M: Campaign for the Second Century" having raised $520 million, according to the hospital.
According to the release, funds are to be set aside for physician scholars, neuroprosthetics, orthopedics and sports medicine, gastrointestinal medicine, immunology and future health-related specialties.
“This donor represents the giving spirit of the Houston community and believes in the unparalleled work our physicians, researchers and staff do to bring lifesaving and life-changing treatments to our patients throughout the city and the country,” Houston Methodist President Marc Boom said in the release.
The funding will help create at least 40 new endowed positions, academic trainee positions and faculty member positions throughout the Houston Methodist system.
The neuroprosthetics position will support the Houston Methodist Neoromodulation & Recovery Laboratory, which works with technology to restore mobility and memory to people suffering from brain and spinal cord disease. The orthopedics funding will support the system's Center for Musculoskeletal Regeneration, and Joint Preservation and Outcomes Laboratory.