Our Values, Mission, and Roots
Methodist Healthcare has evolved to meet the growing needs of our community, but our commitment since opening its first hospital in 1963 remains true: to continuously improve the health and wellness of our community by "Serving Humanity to Honor God."
For those involved in designing, delivering and consistently improving Methodist Healthcare services, it is a healing ministry—a sacred trust, a Holy Ground. We dedicate our professional lives to those we serve and to each other.
The purpose of Methodist Healthcare System is to promote and support the health status of the community by providing and constantly improving the delivery of quality, innovative healthcare services in a cost-effective way, while providing an appropriate amount of charitable care to people in our region. Our full mission statement...
On an individual basis, we commit to:
- Cure when we can
- Escort to death’s door when we must
- Always create healing experiences
Methodist Healthcare System began as Methodist Hospital, a single, five-story acute care facility that was chartered in 1955 and first opened its doors in 1963. Methodist Hospital was built on dairy and ranch land on the outskirts of northwest San Antonio, beginning the nationally renowned South Texas Medical Center.
The Methodist Healthcare System was formed in 1995 by Methodist Hospital’s Board of Trustees that formed a 50-50 co-ownership between Methodist Healthcare Ministries, South Texas' largest non-public funding source of community health care, and HCA, the nation’s leading provider of health care services with 163 hospitals.