Larry Mathis

2016 Legends Award Winner

Larry Mathis

Larry Mathis, former president/CEO of Methodist Hospital System in Houston, is no stranger to success or being recognized for his many accomplishments. The Texas Hospital Association honored him in 1991 with its Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration. Mathis was THA’s choice for its firstever Legends Award, an honor bestowed on health care greats who had an extraordinary impact on Texas hospitals, patients and the health care industry throughout their career.

While at Methodist, Mathis emphasized respect, dignity and service. His leadership and humility had a profound effect on his colleagues and employees, who still sing his praises today. Over the course of his 26-year tenure at Houston Methodist, Mathis’ enriched many people’s lives. He left at Methodist a legacy of greatness and leadership.

Under Mathis’ leadership, Methodist weathered numerous changes to the health care industry, and ultimately, it thrived. His emphasis on making every employee feel valued quickly made the hospital one of the nation’s most coveted places to work. Mathis positioned the hospital to grow from a single facility to the system that Houston Methodist is today—an organization of 16 corporations and 37 affiliated hospitals.

In addition to his service to Houston Methodist, Mathis chaired the American College of Health Care Executives, the American Hospital Association, and the THA Board of Trustees.

Larry Mathis truly is a legend and the perfect recipient for THA’s inaugural Legends Award.

Presented during the THA Board of Trustees Dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.