President’s Perspective

Looking forward to 2019


William F. McKeon is the president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center. William F. McKeon, President and CEO of the Texas Medical Center (photo: Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle)
By William F. McKeon | November 26, 2018

As one year ends and another begins, I reflect on what we’ve accomplished together—and the progress that looms on the horizon.

Across Houston, 2018 was a time of rebuilding. Our city and its residents spent much of the year recovering—not just physically, but emotionally—from the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey.

Fortunately, the Texas Medical Center withstood the wind, rain and flooding due to major investments in the network of floodgates that protect our medical city. All of our hospitals remained open during the 2017 storm, despite the deluge surrounding them.

Many Houstonians weren’t as fortunate and continued to spend 2018 performing the arduous work of reconstructing and repairing. By now, the entire world has seen Houston’s tenacity and witnessed how we came together in the face of unprecedented adversity. The very best of Houston was on display in 2018.

Now, as we look forward, I’m excited to say that 2019 will be one of the most transformative years in the 75-year history of the Texas Medical Center.

We’re designing a new city center for our campus that will serve as the epicenter for collaborative research. It is called TMC3, a reference to our position as the “third coast” for innovation. The 30-acre TMC3 campus is dedicated to our goal of bringing leading researchers from our major TMC institutions together, along with top researchers from industry, to create a translational research park.

TMC3, shown in this aerial rendering, will be a 30-acre translational research campus anchored by a double helix-shaped park.

Why is the Texas Medical Center focused on this goal? Science and technology have become so complex that it’s increasingly difficult for individual research entities to develop advancements on their own. The scope and pace of discovery continue to accelerate. To harness that progress and to best serve patients, we know we must collaborate. Life science is the future of medicine, and by working together we can create a life science destination unparalleled anywhere on Earth.

Texas is known around the world as a global leader in energy and in space exploration. Now, we’re advancing our position as a leader in life science. Our future is extremely bright.

 

William F. McKeon
President and CEO
Texas Medical Center




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