At the heart of Houston Methodist’s excellence lies a carefully cultivated culture. Dr. Marc Boom, president, CEO, and seasoned healthcare provider, maintains a culture of values encapsulated by 'ICare': integrity, compassion, accountability, respect, and excellence. Fostering these principles over a quarter-century has birthed an unparalleled commitment that continually aims to improve safety, quality, service, and innovation.

The history of Houston Methodist has had many pivotal moments, from its humble 1908 beginnings — a physician building a wing beside his home — to monumental shifts in 1951, entering the Texas Medical Center, and embracing pioneering figures like Dr. Michael DeBakey. This legacy intertwines with the institution's future, fostering an unwavering commitment to the evolution of healthcare.

From the perspective of a primary care physician, Dr. Boom looks to the future of medicine with optimism — AI, genetics, and the Center for Innovation all underscore a transformative moment in healthcare. AI’s role extends beyond technological integration; it holds promise in humanizing patient interactions and reclaiming personalized care amidst digitization and data-driven policies.

His vision for healthcare reform echoes a societal need: universal coverage. A healthcare system accessible to all would transcend the complexities of coverage disparities across states and ensure the best possible outcomes for all citizens, regardless of employment status or zip code.

Dr. Boom stresses that universal coverage is possible and sustainable, highlighting the many countries that have successfully provided universal healthcare coverage for their citizens. Beyond coverage, Dr. Boom advocates for recalibrating reimbursement structures, urging a normalization to alleviate the burden of underpayment on healthcare providers.

The conversation takes an intimate turn as Dr. Boom delves into the essence of wellness. Rooted in the belief in holistic care, his perspective spans beyond the clinical, embracing wellness as the key to longevity. It's a vision where patients thrive in well-being, and healthcare providers serve as catalysts for a society focused on preventive care and holistic wellness.

Dr. Boom's interview is a paradigm shift—a call to align incentives with societal well-being, transcend the transactional nature of healthcare, and progress towards a holistic, preventive, and inclusive model.

Written by

Rachel Swan