Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Renames Main Pavilion After Generous Donation

Houston Methodist President and CEO Dr. Marc Boom, Kanwal Bhalla, Col. Raj Bhalla and Houston Methodist Sugar Land CEO and Regional Senior Vice President Chris Siebenaler pose with a commemorative plaque honoring the Bhallas’ donation.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has renamed its Main Pavilion after a generous donation from two longtime patients.

The Bhalla Main Pavilion is named after Col. Raj and Kanwal Bhalla. The Bhallas have lived in Sugar Land since 1994 and have been patients at the hospital since it opened its doors in 1998. In remarks given during a ceremony on Friday, December 9, 2022, Col. Bhalla said their Sikh faith regards service to others as a form of worship – a Sanskrit term known as “sewa.”

“By mind, we teach others, by money, we help the needy – be they the people or organizations – and by body, we render volunteer service,” Col. Bhalla said. “Kanwal and I have found Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s doctors and nurses extremely caring, courteous and professionally outstanding, so we are thrilled to support this hospital and encourage everyone to contribute to this institution and their work in caring for the community.”

New signage marks Bhalla Main Pavilion.

The Bhallas’ donation was an unrestricted gift that is able to be used at hospital leadership’s discretion.

“I am deeply grateful for the generosity of the Bhallas,” said Chris Siebenaler, CEO and Regional Senior Vice President of Houston Methodist Sugar Land. “Their faith and commitment to serving the community resonates strongly with me and fits beautifully with our faith-based, values-driven culture here at Houston Methodist Sugar Land.”

This donation will support various programmatic efforts across the hospital.

To learn more about philanthropic efforts at Houston Methodist, please visit www.houstonmethodist.org/giving/.