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Brief History of Texas Health Huguley

Herbert T. Huguley, DDS Texas Health Huguley was opened in February 1977.  It is named after Herbert T. Huguley, D.D.S. (pictured right), a dentist and a real estate investor from Dallas, Texas who left his $6 million estate to the Adventist Church to build a hospital in honor of his parents.  Dr. Huguley was  a dentist who studied at Tulane University.  He served in his profession 34 years.  He always had a big heart for those in need.  He was very devoted to his mother and to other members of the family.  During World War II he was a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy.  For several years he played the violin in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra where he held the coveted first-chair position.  Dr. Huguley died on May 22, 1967 at the age of 69.  He left a legacy that will continue to bless humanity.

After Dr. Huguley's initial donation, more than $3.25 million was contributed by foundations, individuals and corporations.  The Fort Worth Leadership Committee chaired by Louis J. Levy, M.D., in concert with the Adventists, conducted the successful capital campaign.  The campaign which culminated in 1977, was the largest voluntary support effort for a hospital Fort Worth had seen until that time.

Nearly $2.5 million was contributed to the project by seven major funding sources:  the Amon G. Carter Foundation, Paul G. Pewitt, the J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Fort Worth Clearing House Association and the Texas Electric Service Company.  There has been a continuing partnership between the communities and Texas Health Huguley ever since.

Milestones in Texas Health Huguley's  History

  • February 1977 - Huguley Memorial Medical Center opened
  • 1984  Huguley Fitness Center opened
  • 1979  First CT Scanner
  • 1988  Huguley Place Retirement Center opened
  • 1992  The Elscint nuclear medicine camera 
  • 1989  Huguley Nursing Home opened
  • 1991  MRI technology came to Huguley campus
  • 1992  Renovated ICU
  • 1992  Cardiac Cath Lab was added
  • 1996  Moncrief Radiation Center
  • 1996  Texas Cancer Care opened
  • 1997  Emery J. Lilge Hospice House was opened
  • 2000  New Emergency Department
  • 2002  First Open Heart Surgery
  • 2003  Walking Trail Completed
  • 2004  Medical Intensive Care Unit opens
  • 2006  Huguley Prayer Garden
  • 2006  Added Second Cath Lab
  • 2007  Huguley Medical Associates was established
  • 2008  Campus Picnic Pavilion
  • 2010  Orthopedic Bone and Joint Center Receives Accreditation
  • 2011  Careity Breast Care Center Opens at Huguley
  • 2012  Huguley Memorial Joins Texas Health Resources
  •  2012 Doctors Surgery Center at Huguley Changes Ownership
  •  2013 Huguley Memorial Medical Center Changes Name to Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South
  • 2013 DaVinci robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery debuts at Texas Health Huguley
  • 2014 Groundbreaking for new hospital
  • 2016 New hospital opened on August 7


  • 1970 - 1977      William V. Wiist
  • 1977 - 1987      John Koobs
  • 1987 - 1990      Desmond Cummings, Jr
  • 1990 - 1992      Donald Welch
  • 1993 - 1998      A. David Jimenez
  • 1998 -  2009   Pete Weber
  • 2009 - 2019     Ken Finch
  • 2020 - Present Penny Johnson