Donor Stories

Warren_RutherfordWarren Rutherford

Sometimes a Servant’s Heart Beats with a Pacemaker!

Warren started his remarkable career at MD Anderson in 1961, where he worked for 21 years in various capacities, from assistant administrator to administrator of hospital and clinics. Looking for a change, he spent the next three years administering a hospital in Columbia, Missouri. While the work was gratifying, he found himself drawn back to Texas.

Warren joined Methodist in 1985 as the Executive Director for Methodist Medical Center. For the next 16 years, he played critical roles during a time of rapid change and growth, eventually working as senior vice president of Methodist Health System and and executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Foundation until his so-called retirement in 2001. Not taking seriously Warren’s retirement, Methodist hired him as a consultant during subsequent years.

When his heart needed help, he turned to Methodist

While working at Methodist, Warren sought treatment for a heart condition called a left bundle branch block, a disorder that affects the heart’s electrical activity and can make it harder to pump blood. He was treated by Methodist Foundation board member Robert Edmonson, MD, a cardiologist on the Methodist medical staff, and then continued his care with cardiologist and electrophysiologist David Levine, MD, on the medical staff at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. To help manage his heart condition, Warren has had multiple cardiac catheterization and pacemakers implanted. He tells us that he continues to receive treatment at Methodist Dallas because he has the “utmost confidence in the physicians at Methodist” and he considers Methodist his “home in so many ways.” It’s the first place he turns when he or his family members need help.

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Mary Cochran

A desire to get involved in her community is what led Mary Cochran to give her time to the BrightER capital campaign committee for the Charles A. Sammons Tower a few years ago. But a desire to honor the memory of her late cousin, Bradley Taylor Couch, is what led her to become a donor.

“I wanted to honor Bradley in some way, but it’s hard to find something special enough to honor someone as giving and kind as he was. Having learned how much Methodist Health System is a pillar of light in the community, I knew supporting the BrightER campaign was a great way to let his legacy of helping others in need live on.”