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Methodist Hospital of Dallas groundbreaking, 1924
Methodist Hospital of Dallas groundbreaking, 1924

Methodist Health System — a history of caring for our community

Methodist Health System is one of North Texas' oldest nonprofit health systems. We've gone through many changes over the decades, but our mission has always been the same — commitment to the health and well-being of our community.

In the beginning

The Methodist vision started in 1924 with a group of Methodist ministers and civic leaders devoted to bringing quality healthcare to the growing city of Dallas. With the support of the Methodist Church, local congregations, and other donors, our founders built Dallas Methodist Hospital, a 100-bed facility south of the Trinity River, overlooking downtown Dallas, which opened in 1927.


Thriving and expanding in Dallas 


The original Methodist Hospital of Dallas building, which opened in 1927 in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas.  
 Original Methodist Hospital of Dallas building


After persevering through the early years and the Great Depression, Dallas Methodist Hospital began to truly thrive and expand in the 1940s and 1950s. In 1951 a three-story student nurse's residence was constructed near the hospital and in 1966 the Martin and Charlotte Weiss Educational Building opened, providing classroom space for nursing education and a large auditorium for community programs. By the 1960s, Dallas Methodist Hospital had grown to include 420 beds, more than four times our original size.





The first graduating class of the Methodist Hospital of Dallas Nursing School, 1930.
      Dallas Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, 1930


Margaret Jonsson Charlton at the 1973 groundbreaking for Charlton Methodist Hospital

Margaret Jonsson Charlton at the 1973
groundbreaking ceremony 

Methodist Charlton opens to serve southwest Dallas county

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Methodist Hospitals of Dallas continued to grow. In 1975 Charlton Methodist Hospital opened its doors to serve the growing communities of southwest Dallas County. This dedication to the community was further evidenced in 1985 when Methodist's board of directors made the decision to remain a viable entity in southern Dallas County. The board rededicated itself to the Oak Cliff community and its people and initiated a $100 million building program. As a result Methodist Charlton and Methodist Dallas Medical Centers continue to grow alongside the communities they have served for so long

In 2009 Methodist Charlton saw further expansion with the opening of the new patient bed tower, which features:

  • The addition of spacious, modern patient rooms (301 patient rooms – up from 254) with flat screen TVs and wireless Internet connections 
  • Methodist Charlton Medical Center new patient bed tower expansion completed in 2009A new surgery suite with seven operating rooms, including one specially designed for heart surgery
  • A new dedicated orthopedic unit with a rehabilitation room for patients and their families
  • Three nurses stations per patient floor
  • Nursing alcove for each pair of patient rooms, providing greater access to nurses
  • Bright, open lobby with a coffee shop nearby
  • Larger dining area offering guests a comfortable place to eat and relax
  • Expanded free visitor parking


Methodist Family Health Centers

Methodist Family Health Center - Preston Hollow Dallas, TexasIn addition to the on-site care available at Methodist hospitals, in 1995 Methodist extended our mission beyond our hospitals, opening community Family Health Centers. Currently, there are 24 Methodist Family Health Centers located in Arlington, Cedar Hill, Dallas, Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Midlothian, Richardson, Waxahachie, and Wylie.

We continue to expand the availability of primary care physicians in the community with the 2013 opening of Methodist Family Health Center – Preston Hollow, Methodist Family Health Center – Inwood Village, Methodist Family Health Center – Timber Creek, and Methodist Family Health Center – Waxahachie. Mansfield Family Health Center – Mansfield North opened in January 2014. 

Methodist Health System

In May 2003 Methodist Hospitals of Dallas began operating the system under the name Methodist Health System. Methodist Medical Center began operating under the name Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Charlton Methodist Hospital began operating under the name Methodist Charlton Medical Center. These name changes allowed us to give the public a strong, recognizable element to reference.

Continued Growth — Mansfield, McKinney and beyond 

Growth has been the hallmark of the past several years for Methodist Health System.

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center to Build New Hospital TowerIn December 2006 we opened the new, patient-centric, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center to serve the vibrant Mansfield community and the surrounding communities of south Arlington and south Grand Prairie. In 2012, Methodist Mansfield completed a major expansion of the Women's Pavilion, creating a total of 13 LDR suites that will accommodate up to 3,800 deliveries each year.

On January 30, 2014, Methodist Health System announced approval by its board of directors of a $118 million facility expansion plan to add a second patient tower with an eventual capacity of 118 beds. The project also includes the expansion of support services to the acute care Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. Scheduled to open in fall 2015, the new 110,000 square-foot tower will be located at the northwest corner of the existing building. The expansion will feature 34,000 square feet of additional operating rooms, cardiology and gastroenterology services and 64,000 square-feet of additional support services including lab, materials management, biomed, and sterile processing to name a few. Groundbreaking for this exciting expansion took place on March 28, 2014.

Aerial view of Methodist Dallas Medical Center with downtown Dallas and the Trinity River, 1951. Click to enlarge image.
  Aerial view of Methodist Hospital of Dallas, 1951

As part of an affiliation between Methodist Health System and Centerre Healthcare, the 40-bed Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital opened as a distinct legal entity in 2008 to offer specialized care to patients recovering from strokes, brain and spinal cord injuries, multi-trauma, neurological disorders, cardiopulmonary procedures, and complex orthopedic surgeries.

In 2008 ground was broken on Methodist McKinney Hospital, a 15-bed hospital which will be operated by a distinct legal entity created through a joint venture between area physicians, Methodist Health System, and Nueterra Healthcare. Methodist McKinney Hospital, the newest hospital in Collin County, Texas, opened in February 2010.

In November 2010, the Methodist Hospital for Surgery, a joint venture partnership between area physicians, Methodist Health System, and Nueterra Healthcare, opened.

The Methodist Charlton Medical Center QuickCare Clinic opened in March 2011. The QuickCare Clinic offers extended evening and weekend hours for care for minor and common illnesses and non-life-threatening emergencies.

Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower RenderingsIn August 2011, the Methodist Health System board of directors approved a facility expansion plan exceeding $135 million that will directly benefit southwest Dallas County through renovations of Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Methodist Charlton Medical Center.

Opening in 2014, the new six-story, 248,000-square-foot Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower will allow us to provide an advanced level of care to nearly 90,000 patients a year. With our new facility only seconds from downtown and ready to serve at a moment’s notice, the heart of North Texas is destined to beat stronger than ever.

Look what the new Charles A. Sammons Tower, dedicated to emergency, trauma, critical care, and neuroscience services, is bringing to North Texas when it opens on July 28, 2014.

Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower at Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Click to enlarge image. 


Methodist Richardson Medical Center

Methodist Richardson Medical Center – Bush/Renner Expansion RenderingsIn June 2009, Richardson Regional Medical Center joined the Methodist family. Methodist Richardson Medical Center and Methodist Richardson Medical Center Bush/Renner expanded the Methodist footprint to serve communities in Richardson, North Dallas, Plano, Wylie, and the surrounding areas with two emergency departments, a cancer center, behavioral health and addiction recovery services, a sleep disorders center, five Methodist Richardson Primary Care Clinics.and more.  On October 1, 2011, Methodist announced the purchase of the hospital facilities owned by Richardson Hospital Authority (RHA).

Your Health. Your Hospital. Methodist Richardson Medical Center opened a new 125-bed, four-story acute care hospital, located at the southeast corner of Renner Road and President George Bush Highway in April 2014. 

 Grounded in faith

Our original hospital was envisioned, funded, and supported largely with the help of the United Methodist Church, and our covenant agreement with the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church stands to this day. Throughout our history we've operated consistent with the United Methodist Church's healing ministry. The ties to the United Methodist Church have been strengthened further by the presence of Methodist ministers and church members on governing boards, an ongoing commitment to pastoral education, 24-hour chaplain services, and health ministries at local churches. 

Committed to our community — now and into the future

Methodist's continued commitment to the community is represented in a number of outreach activities, including its emergency and trauma care program. Methodist Charlton's emergency department is one of the busiest in the area and Methodist Dallas Medical Center is a Level I trauma center, one of only three adult trauma centers in Dallas and committed to expand its emergency, critical care, and surgery departments with the new six-story Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower opened in 2014.

The Methodist Health System mobile mammography unit travels to community centers, clinics, businesses, and other locations throughout the Metroplex
      Methodist Health System's mobile mammography unit

In addition to mobile mammography and health screenings, maternity services at Methodist Dallas Medical Center and several of the independent physicians who provide care at Methodist Dallas, work in partnership with Los Barrios Unidos, a local clinic created to provide much needed pregnancy care to Spanish-speaking mothers.

In 2000 Methodist launched an early prostate cancer screening initiative that helps minority men, primarily African-American and Hispanic, learn whether they have prostate cancer while the disease is in an early, more contained, and treatable state. Since inception, the program has screened more men than any other program in the United States — and has been recognized by former president George W. Bush and the American Cancer Society for its leadership in early cancer detection and education.

The Methodist Dallas Golden Cross Academic Clinic offers a medical home for members of the Dallas community in need of affordable health care for internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, and general surgical services.

The Life Shines Bright Pregnancy Program, offered through the Methodist Dallas Golden Cross Academic Clinic, has proven effective in dramatically reducing premature births among its participants.

The Asian Breast Health Outreach Project at Methodist Richardson Medical Center provides education and mammogram screenings for uninsured and under insured Asian women.

Methodist Health System's Heart of the Community initiative, launched in 2012, is designed to improve the cardio health of the communities we serve through heart disease education and prevention.

In 2012 the Methodist Dallas Medical Center Auxiliary celebrated its 90th anniversary of serving and supporting the hospital and its patients.

Innovative and specialized patient care

Methodist Health System - Where Life Shines Bright!Our patients have always been our first priority, and we believe that innovative and specialized care is an essential component of that commitment. We are the proud home of a long-standing, patient-centered organ transplant program, where the world's first successful heart-kidney-pancreas transplant was performed. We've continued to secure our position on the leading edge of medicine through a wide variety of highly specialized services and facilities and a Graduate Medical Education teaching program that draws physicians from medical schools across the nation.

A bright tomorrow

Our first hospital, Dallas Methodist Hospital, served a population of 158,000. Today Methodist Health System's service areas cover a population of well over one million people. We believe that the innovation, dedication, and vision that have helped us thrive over the past decades will help ensure our strength well into the future. We look forward to serving our community for generations to come.



Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Health System medical staff are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.  

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