About Us

Our History & Milestones

The historic entrance of Methodist Hospital of Chicago with fall foliage.

1889: The Bethany Methodist Family begins as a compassionate married couple act as Good Samaritans and invite an indigent, elderly woman to share their home. After meeting six other homeless seniors, they collect funds and open the first Bethany Retirement Community on Chicago’s north side.

1930: Bethany is recognized as a national leader in non-profit, high-quality care for older adults.

1942: When the Bethany Retirement Community infirmary reaches capacity, Methodist Hospital of Chicago is built next door to serve residents and neighbors of all ages.

2019: On October 1, 2019, Thorek Memorial Hospital (TMH) acquired Methodist Hospital of Chicago (MHC). The two sister facilities seek to serve their patients, physicians, employees and community by providing quality services and encouraging employee excellence. Both hospitals will attempt to be the healthcare provider of choice for those individuals, organizations, and associations who have the ability to choose by providing the highest possible level of care and patient safety. At the same time, TMH and MHC are committed to providing appropriate patient services in a caring and cost effective manner.