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Houston—Center of Excellence
The crown jewel of health care, education and research in Houston is the Texas Medical Center (TMC), considered the world’s largest medical center. It was first developed in 1945 with a dream to create a medical center where people from all walks of life could have access to the best health care anywhere, regardless of their race, age or financial position. Today that dream is fully realized. One can find people from every social circumstance and national origin seeking treatment at one of the center’s 49 renowned institutions. Inside this section, you’ll find descriptions of TMC facilities and institutions as well as those located outside the TMC. You will also find a locator map of all Houston-area hospitals.

Benefiting the entire region, many TMC institutions are making the Texas Medical Center quality of care convenient to even more people by placing clinics, offices and other facilities in neighborhoods throughout Houston and the surrounding communities and even other parts of Texas and the world.

In addition to the TMC’s economic impact, which is estimated at more than $2 billion in the regional expenditures of goods and services, TMC brings to the city some of the world’s finest medical talent. It also draws foreign patients—more than 18,000 in 2010. The center’s research has given Houston a well-defined pathway into biotechnology and other high-tech industries. TMC also provides tens of millions of dollars in pro bono health care to the community, and TMC employees serve the community as sports coaches, Scout leaders and civic volunteers.

In the TMC, there is something to meet everyone’s needs. Two trauma facilities are located in the center, as are institutions specializing in every imaginable aspect of health care, including care for children, cancer patients, heart care, organ transplantation, terminal illness, mental health and wellness and prevention.

All 49 institutions of TMC are not-for-profit and are dedicated to the highest standards of patient care, research and education. These institutions include 14 renowned hospitals and two specialty institutions, three medical schools, six nursing schools and schools of dentistry, public health, pharmacy and virtually all health-related careers. It is where one of the first, and still the largest, air-ambulance services was created; a very successful inter-institutional transplant program was developed; and more heart surgeries are performed than anywhere else in the world.

As the largest medical center in the world, TMC is an internationally recognized community of healing, education and groundbreaking research. TMC is the home of many of the nation’s best hospitals, physicians, researchers, educational institutions and health care providers.

With more than 1,000 acres, TMC is a “city within a city’’ located about three miles south of downtown Houston, south of Hermann Park and east of Rice University. With more than 6 million patient visits a year, TMC’s 49 not-for-profit member institutions provide patient care, cutting-edge research and education for medical students, nursing students and even high school students at the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions, a Magnet school within the Houston Independent School District.

Beyond its impact on health care, TMC is Houston’s largest single-site employer, with more than 93,500 employees. As reported by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-Houston Branch, the Texas Medical Center contributes more than $14 billion in regional spending, more than $3.9 billion in personal income and more than 140,000 jobs. TMC’s impact is felt primarily through its regional purchases of goods and services—more than $2 billion a year.

The John P. McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons provides a centrally located facility where students, visitors, employees and volunteers can meet, eat, shop and park under one roof. Located in the heart of TMC, the 288,000-square-foot building is within walking distance from most TMC institutions. Amenities include a variety of eateries, a fresh floral and gift shop, a bank and an upscale Italian restaurant.

Transportation through the TMC is enhanced with METRORail, which runs 7.5 miles from Reliant Park, south of Loop 610 South, to the University of Houston-Downtown, just north of downtown. METRORail has four stations in the TMC area, running down Fannin with stops at Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo, Dryden/TMC, TMC Transit Center, and the Smith Lands parking area, which provides parking for medical center employees.

Described in the following are the hospitals and institutions in the Texas Medical Center.

— Memorial Hermann Hospital
Celebrating its centennial in 2007, Memorial Hermann serves the greater Houston community through 11 hospitals and many specialty programs and services, including three premiere Heart & Vascular Institutes, TIRR Memorial Hermann and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, eight comprehensive cancer centers, eight breast-care centers, 27 sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, 19 diagnostic laboratories, a substance abuse treatment center, 21 outpatient imaging centers and dozens of other specialty and outpatient centers. Memorial Hermann operates one of two Level I trauma centers in Houston and provides the city’s only hospital-based air-ambulance program, Life Flight�, as well as the city’s only burn treatment center.

Recently, its hospitals logged 141,000 inpatient admissions; 642,000 outpatient visits; 377,250 emergency visits; nearly 3,000 Life Flight missions; and 25,400 newborn deliveries—all made possible by the commitment of the system’s 19,500 dedicated employees. Memorial Hermann makes a real difference in the health of the community, annually contributing in excess of $300 million in the form of uncompensated care and community benefit programs, including an award-winning network of public school-based health centers.

Working with its 4,200 medical staff physicians, Memorial Hermann has achieved numerous awards for clinical excellence. Employees have voted Memorial Hermann a Best Place to Work for the past eight years, noting the hospital’s generous tuition-reimbursement program and employee-assistance fund, which has given more than $1 million to employees in crisis. For more information, call (713) 222-2273 or visit

— The Methodist Hospital System
A more than 90-year legacy of medical milestones has attracted patients from around the world to The Methodist Hospital, a major academic medical center in Houston. Methodist, which was the home of famed heart surgeon Michael E. DeBakey, is consistently named among the country’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, ranking in 11 of the 16 specialties in 2011. Since 2006, Methodist has been named on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Methodist is primarily affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, two of the nation’s leading centers for clinical care, medical education and research. Methodist is committed to providing the finest spiritual care coupled with healing skill, compassion and respect for human dignity.

An in-house physician-referral service can connect people to physicians at any Methodist hospital based on specialty and, in some cases, can even set up an appointment. Some Methodist operators are nurses who can connect the patient to the proper physician. For more information, call (713) 790-3311 or visit

— St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System and Texas Heart Institute
Dedicated “to the glory of God and the service of mankind,” St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System started in 1954 as St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. St. Luke’s soon made headlines with such milestones as the first successful heart transplantation, the first artificial heart implantation and the first laser angioplasty procedure.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System includes St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital; St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital; St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital in The Woodlands; St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage; St. Luke’s Patients Medical Center; St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, a charity devoted to assessing and enhancing community health, especially among the underserved; and KS Management Services LLC, which oversees 18 area clinic locations.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital is home to the Texas Heart Institute, which was founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD, and is consistently ranked nationally among the Top 10 cardiology and heart surgery centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Affiliated with several nursing schools and two medical schools, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital was the first hospital in Texas named a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence and has been honored five times with the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ by HealthGrades, a leading independent company that measures health care quality in hospitals. The Health System has been recognized by Fortune magazine as among the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and by the Houston Business Journal as a top employer in Houston. St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System also was honored as one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work.” Visit St. Luke’s online at
www.stlukestexas.com or call (832) 355-3627 for a physician referral.

— Shriners Hospital for Children-Houston
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Every year, the Shriners Hospitals for Children provides care for thousands of children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate, in a family-centered environment at no charge. It’s how Shriners Hospitals has been helping children defy the odds since 1922.

In Houston, Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 40-bed pediatric orthopedic hospital, research and teaching center providing comprehensive medical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children with orthopedic conditions. For information, call (713) 797-1616 or visit

— Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Children’s Hospital is an internationally recognized full-care pediatric hospital located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. One of the largest pediatric hospitals in the United States, Texas Children’s Hospital is dedicated to providing the finest possible pediatric patient care, education and research.

Texas Children’s is nationally ranked in the Top 10 among children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthrough developments in the treatment of cancer, diabetes, asthma, HIV, premature babies and cardiogenic and attention-related disorders.

Texas Children’s is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine and is its primary pediatric training site. Baylor professors also are the service chiefs and staff physicians of Texas Children’s more than 40 patient care centers.

The hospital’s award-winning medical staff consists of more than 1,580 board-certified, primary-care physicians, pediatric subspecialists, pediatric surgical subspecialists and dentists. In addition, Texas Children’s offers a dedicated, highly skilled nursing and support staff of more than 6,000.

Looking toward the future, Texas Children’s recently invested $1.5 billion in research and patient-care initiatives, the largest short-term investment ever by a single children’s hospital. Major projects included the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, a center for obstetric care called the Pavillion for Women, expanded research facilities and one of the largest pediatric hospitals in a suburban setting. For more information about Texas Children’s hospital, call (800) 364-KIDS (5437) or visit

— The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Celebrating more than six decades of Making Cancer History, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is located in Houston on the sprawling campus of the Texas Medical Center. It is one of the world’s most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. MD Anderson Cancer Center was created by the Texas Legislature in 1941 as a component of The University of Texas System. The institution is one of the nation’s original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Act of 1971 and is one of 40 National Cancer Institute–designated comprehensive cancer centers today.

In 2011, U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” survey ranked MD Anderson as the top hospital in the nation for cancer care. MD Anderson has achieved the top ranking six times in the past eight years and has ranked as one of the top two hospitals for cancer care for 21 years, since the magazine began its annual survey in 1990.

Since 1944, more than 900,000 patients have turned to MD Anderson for cancer care in the form of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy or combinations of these and other treatments. This multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer was pioneered at MD Anderson. Because they focus only on cancer, experts here are renowned for their ability to treat all types of cancer, including rare or uncommon diseases.

In 2011, more than 108,000 people with cancer received care at MD Anderson, and more than 34,000 of them were new patients. About one-third of these patients come from outside Texas seeking the knowledge-based care that has made MD Anderson so widely respected. Nearly 10,000 patients participated in therapeutic clinical research exploring novel treatments in fiscal year 2011, making it the largest such program in the nation.

At MD Anderson, important scientific knowledge gained in the laboratory is rapidly translated into clinical care. In 2011, the institution invested more than $623 million in research, an increase of about 40 percent in the past five years. MD Anderson ranks first in the number of grants awarded and total amount of grants given by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). MD Anderson holds 11 NCI Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grants for the following cancers: bladder, brain, head and neck, leukemia, lung, lymphoma, melanoma, myeloma, ovarian, prostate and uterine. The research program is considered one of the most productive efforts in the world aimed solely at cancer.

Each year, more than 6,800 students, which include physicians, scientists, nurses and many health professionals, take part in educational programs. MD Anderson offers bachelor’s degrees in eight allied health disciplines. In addition, more than 1,100 clinical residents and fellows come to MD Anderson each year to receive specialized training in the investigation and treatment of cancer. More than 500 graduate students are working on advanced degrees at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, which MD Anderson operates jointly with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. More than 1,600 research fellows are being trained in MD Anderson’s laboratories and clinics. For more information about MD Anderson, call (713) 792-2121 or visit

— TIRR Memorial Hermann
Recognized as one of the leading rehabilitation hospitals in the country, TIRR Memorial Hermann (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) serves as a model system for interdisciplinary rehabilitation services, patient care, education and a center of research. For 23 consecutive years, TIRR Memorial Hermann has appeared on the list of America’s Best rehabilitation hospitals published by U.S.News & World Report – every year of the survey’s existence. The hospital’s reputation comes from over 50 years of experience in rehabilitation and research, the high caliber of its affiliated physicians and clinical staff, and its comprehensive programs and services.

The reputation of TIRR Memorial Hermann does not end with research and rehabilitation services. Educating patients, families, healthcare professionals, caregivers and the general public about rehabilitation has been a long-standing commitment. In addition, extending the hospital’s knowledge and resources into the community remains a top priority.

In 2012, TIRR Memorial Hermann was ranked No. 3 in the nation for rehabilitation. The Brain Injury and Stroke Program helps with the physical, communicative, cognitive and behavioral problems faced by people with brain injuries. The Amputee Program serves patients with traumatic amputations, congenital limb deficiencies and disease-related amputations. TIRR Memorial Hermann also treats infants, children and adolescents with virtually any physical disability or injury. A specialty rehabilitation program serves those with special problems, such as multiple sclerosis, cancer and complex orthopedic conditions.

TIRR Memorial Hermann has three outpatient rehabilitation centers in the Houston area, including its Texas Medical Center, Memorial City and Northwest locations. For patient referral, call toll free 1.800.44.REHAB (447-3422) or visit www.tirr.memorialhermann.org.

— Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC)
Awarded the Robert W. Carey Organizational Excellence Award in 2005, the Robert W. Carey Circle of Excellence Quality Award in 2007 and redesignation for Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services in 2009, the MEDVAMC serves as the primary health care provider for more than 131,000 veterans in southeast Texas. Veterans from around the country are referred to the MEDVAMC for specialized diagnostic care, radiation therapy, surgery and medical treatment including cardiovascular surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, nuclear medicine, ophthalmology and treatment of spinal cord injury and diseases. The MEDVAMC is home to a post-traumatic stress disorder clinic; a network polytrauma center; an award-winning cardiac and general surgery program; a liver transplant center; and one of the VA’s six Parkinson’s disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers. Including the outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Lufkin, Galveston and Texas City, MEDVAMC outpatient clinics logged nearly 1.25 million outpatient visits in fiscal year 2011. For more information, call (713) 791-1414 or visit

— The University of Texas – Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC)
The University of Texas-Harris County Psychiatric Center (UTHCPC), an operating unit of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, delivers a comprehensive program of psychiatric services to children, adolescents and adults suffering from mental illness.

The hospital offers inpatient, outpatient and intensive outpatient care, having more than 6,100 inpatient admissions and 14,000 outpatient visits annually. Patients are treated by a highly qualified, multidisciplinary staff, comprising psychiatric physicians, nonpsychiatric physicians (including consultants, internists and others), psychiatric residents, psychologists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, pharmacists, dietitians and chaplains, that provides patients with individualized care.

The hospital serves persons suffering from depression, major depression or bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other severe behavioral or mental health disorders. Patients are admitted to the hospital through various routes. Voluntarily admitted patients are referred by their health insurance provider, private physician or other hospitals. They also can be referred by the Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County. Involuntarily admitted patients are committed through the probate court system after being referred for treatment by family members, health care providers or others.

The hospital serves patients referred from the Harris County Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority as well as those with insurance referred by private physicians, other hospitals or care providers. UTHCPC physicians are also faculty members of The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. For information, call (713) 741-5000 or visit

— Harris County Hospital District
The Harris County Hospital District (HCHD) is the public health care system for the nation’s third most-populous county. It provides quality health care for more than 1 million patient visits each year to residents of Harris County. It operates Ben Taub General Hospital, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, Quentin Mease Community Hospital, 13 community health centers, a dental center, a dialysis center, eight school-based clinics, 13 homeless shelter clinics and five mobile health units.

Ben Taub Hospital has garnered the respect of the world as an elite Level I Trauma Center, one of only two in the Harris County area. This 586 licensed-bed acute care facility is one of the nation’s busiest trauma centers, caring for more than 106,000 emergency patients each year. Located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, Ben Taub’s Department of Medicine provides patients with a comprehensive program of care with subspecialties for major areas such as endocrinology, cardiology, oncology, pulmonary, renal and gastroenterology. The Ben Taub Emergency Center is the source of 80 percent of all admissions to the hospital, which provides patients with access to more than 40 medical specialties. Ben Taub has more than 26,000 adult and pediatric admissions and more than 184,000 specialty clinic visits. For information, call (713) 566-6400 or visit

— Other TMC Institutions
  • Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
  • Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
  • Harris County Medical Society
  • Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services
  • Houston Academy of Medicine
  • Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
  • Houston Department of Health and Human Services
  • Institute for Spirituality and Health
  • Joseph A. Jachimczyk Forensic Center-Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
  • LifeGift
  • Ronald McDonald House Houston
  • Texas Medical Center (corporation)
  • Texas Medical Center Child Care YMCA
  • Texas Medical Center Hospital Laundry Cooperative Association
  • Thermal Energy Corporation Academic and Research Institutions
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Houston Academy of Medicine - Texas Medical Center Library
  • Houston Community College System, Health Science Programs
  • The Methodist Hospital
  • Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions
  • Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing
  • Rice University
  • Texas A&M Health Science Center - Institute of Biosciences and Technology
  • Texas Heart Institute
  • Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences
  • University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – School of Dentistry, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Harris County Psychiatric Center, Medical School, School of Biomedical Informatics, School of Nursing, School of Public Health, Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

In addition to the comprehensive medical facilities and health care resources within the Texas Medical Center, regionwide there is a rich range of quality and specialty hospitals to address the needs of all residents.

— Texas Orthopedic Hospital
Texas Orthopedic Hospital, a specialty surgery, rehabilitation and sports medicine center, opened its doors in 1995 and has since become recognized as a global leader in orthopedic care. Housing the internationally recognized physicians of Fondren Orthopedic Group Ltd., the health care team focuses on each patient’s individual and unique needs while maintaining awareness and recognition of cultural diversity.

Texas Orthopedic Hospital physicians, employees and volunteers are committed to changing and improving the lives of patients by providing exceptional orthopedic care through innovative technology, ongoing outcomes research and quality cost-effective service. As one of the leading orthopedic specialty hospitals in the world, Texas Orthopedic Hospital is dedicated to improving patient results by providing high-quality, cost-effective and specialized orthopedic care in a streamlined environment focused on wellness, mobility and quick recovery. For more information, call (713) 799-8600 or visit

— St. Joseph Medical Center
Established more than 120 years ago, St. Joseph Medical Center has introduced many firsts, including Houston’s first emergency care facility, Houston’s first obstetrics department (delivering one in every three Houstonians) and Houston’s first teaching hospital. St. Joseph Medical Center has advanced patient care through technology, research and the experience of caring and dedicated physicians, nurses and staff. St. Joseph Medical Center provides a full range of comprehensive medical and surgical services, such as cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, intensive care and critical care, emergency care, neurosurgery, orthopedics and pediatrics.

St. Joseph Womens Medical Center, Houston’s only full-service women’s hospital attached to a general acute care hospital, provides women’s medical and surgical services, a family birthing center for moms and newborns, labor, delivery and recovery suites and a neonatal intensive-care unit for premature or seriously ill newborns. The Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is staffed by the Small Wonders Team of specially trained doctors, nurses and staff who provide the smallest patients with the best chances at life.

Specialty services provided by St. Joseph include an advanced wound care center, behavioral medicine, blood conservation and management services, occupational medicine, sports medicine and rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient diagnostic imaging and Corporate Healthcare Connection, a partnership with Houston’s corporate businesses that provides expedited care to their employees.

St. Joseph Medical Center is staffed by more than 650 board-certified physicians and more than 1,800 medical professionals and staff. The hospital facility covers eight city blocks and is conveniently located on the edge of Houston’s revitalized downtown near the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and Interstate 45. For more information, call (713) 757-1000 or visit

— CHRISTUS St. John Hospital
CHRISTUS St. John Hospital offers comprehensive medical services in cardiology, oncology, intensive care, emergency medicine, diagnostic imaging, gynecology, pediatrics, advanced laproscopic procedures, cancer treatment, cardiovascular and vascular specialties. The hospital has state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, which includes a VCT 64-slice scanner and an advanced catheterization angiography lab. The hospital currently is undergoing a $7.8 million expansion, which includes a Diagnostic and Women’s Imaging Pavillion.

CHRISTUS St. John Hospital boasts a nationally accredited chest pain center and is the first hospital in Texas to be a participating hospital for all three of the American Heart Association’s models of the Get With The Guidelines� program: coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure.

With 1,100 physicians, associates and volunteers, the hospital has recently completed a 70,000-square-foot expansion, which includes an additional floor and a tower. Comprising the expansion is a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit (ICU), a 13,000-square-foot, multimillion-dollar unit with cutting-edge technology and accommodations for loved ones to stay overnight.

The Center for New Life provides obstetrical services in 19 private birthing suites fully equipped to support any birthing option for an expecting mother.

There is a 20,000-square-foot on-campus Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Complex offering a full range of treatment, including aquatic therapy and pediatric care. CHRISTUS St. John Hospital also has Sports Medicine Centers in LaPorte, Friendswood, Texas City and Dickinson, providing athletic trainers to more than 10 area high schools. For information, call (281) 333-5503 or visit

— CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital
CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is part of CHRISTUS Health, a Catholic, not-for-profit health system that is jointly sponsored by the congregations of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and San Antonio. A dynamic and diversified organization, CHRISTUS Health has as its mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital began operations in 2000, offering a broad spectrum of adult and pediatric medical and surgical care with the latest in technology. The hospital underwent a $50 million expansion to open its new patient tower and additional 36-bed medical and surgical unit, providing patients spacious private rooms with sofa beds and desks for family members who wish to spend the night. The hospital welcomed the University of Texas MD Anderson Radiation Treatment Center to its campus in 2007.

CHRISTUS St. Catherine was the first hospital in Katy to be granted the designation of Accredited Chest Pain Center. In 2007, the hospital recently opened a cardiac catheterization lab for both diagnostic and interventional needs as well as their fully integrated cardiovascular operating room, which brought open-heart surgery to Katy.

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital along with board-certified cardiologists and highly experienced, board-certified cardiovascular surgeons bring the technology, skill and experience to provide a vast array of services that focus on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. For information, call (281) 599-5700 or visit

— HCA Gulf Coast Division
HCA-affiliated hospitals is more than just one of the largest health care providers in the city; it is a partner focused on providing the highest quality patient care with state-of-the-art resources.

With 11 hospitals, 17 emergency centers, seven surgery centers, two freestanding cancer centers, six imaging centers and a regional transfer center, HCA Gulf Coast Division services include the following:
  • Five Level III Neonatal Intensive-Care Units (NICUs)
  • Four Open Heart Programs
  • One Gamma Knife, the latest technology to treat brain tumors
  • Three Radiation Oncology Programs

HCA Gulf Coast recently invested $122.5 million in Kingwood Medical Center and West Houston Medical Center, expanding the cardiovascular, surgical, women’s and critical care the hospital provides for the region. Another $92 million has been reserved for the Clear Lake Regional Medical Center to build a new 154,470-square-foot patient tower, add state-of-the-art operating rooms and establish a 30-bed Intensive Care Unit.

More than 18,000 babies are delivered at its hospitals, with the Woman’s Hospital of Texas delivering 8,000 annually. It is the only hospital in Houston to offer 24-hour neonatal coverage in-house every day. A leader in imaging technology, cardiology and cardiovascular services and women’s services. HCA Affiliated Hospitals deliver on their commitment to the health and wellness of the community.

As Harris County’s 11th largest employer, HCA also gives back to the community through public service efforts, volunteering, donations and contributions as well as serving on area boards. HCA also offers HCACARES, a $1 million scholarship fund to assist young men and women locally who are pursuing a career in health care. For physician referral, call (713) 852-1500 or visit

— Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic combines the experience and expertise of more than 370 physicians providing primary care and specialty care at 20 clinic locations throughout the greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic cares for more than 400,000 patients each year, including members of managed-care plans, employer groups and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In addition to physician services, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic offers a vast array of imaging and diagnostic services, including mammography, MRI, CT scans and a Picture Archiving Communications System (PACS), which provides instantaneous transmission of medical images to physicians throughout the network of clinic locations. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s main campus houses a fully accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center serving more than 12,000 patients a year. Visit

— The Menninger Clinic
The Menninger Clinic is a nonprofit international specialty psychiatric center, providing treatment, research and education. Founded in 1925 in Kansas, Menninger relocated to Houston in 2003 and is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Since 1991, Menninger has been named among the leading psychiatric hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of America’s Best Hospitals for 17 consecutive years. For more information, call (800) 351-9058 or visit

— Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Tenet Healthcare Corporation, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals and related health care services. In Houston, Tenet operates four facilities.

Park Plaza Hospital (
www.parkplazahospital.com) offers a broad spectrum of quality programs and services, including cancer care, orthopedics, women’s services, cardiology and a bariatrics program. Plaza Specialty Hospital (www.plazaspecialtyhospital.com) is located within Park Plaza Hospital in the Museum District and offers vent weaning, wound care, complex care and low tolerance rehabillitation in an interdisciplinary-team environment for patients requiring a prolonged hospitalization.

Houston Northwest Medical Center (
www.hnmc.com) has received numerous quality ratings for clinical excellence in several service lines including stroke, general surgery and critical care by HealthGrades, a leading independent health care ratings company.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Hospital (
www.cyfairhospital.com) offers a broad spectrum of medical services in northwest Houston, including a weight-loss surgery program, pediatric services, a women’s health center and comprehensive cancer program.

— The Woman’s Hospital of Texas
There’s only one hospital in Houston dedicated exclusively to the care of women and infants: The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Quality care is why more women choose to have their babies (more than 750 each month) here than at any other hospital in the Houston area. Quality care is also why the Woman’s Hospital of Texas is once again ranked No. 17 on the Top 50 Best Hospitals for Gynecology in 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.

Undoubtedly, the gynecological care at Woman’s is exceptional. Yet women of all ages and stages get well and stay healthy under the attention of its doctors and nurses. Among the staff, nearly 650 physicians are surgeons, internists, radiologists, pathologists and anesthesiologists. All of the doctors are board-certified and most are pioneers in their fields.

The hospital’s nationally renowned surgeons have advanced a long list of minimally invasive procedures including hysterectomy; removal of ovarian cysts and tumors; diagnosis of pelvic pain; and treatment of incontinence, overactive bladder and vaginal prolapse. Where traditional surgeries require major incisions, state-of-the-art technology and microscopic equipment enable surgeons to perform many procedures with only tiny openings; which means patients are back to their normal lives faster, often with less pain, fewer complications and reduced scarring.

As its name implies, the Woman’s Hospital of Texas has a single focus: women. Every one of the physicians, employees and volunteers are committed to providing compassionate and exceptional care to the women served and the babies they love.�For more information, call (713) 790-1234, (281) 438-4357 (Physician Referral) or visit the website at

For nearly 120 years, Galveston Island residents and others have had access to quality health care through the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), which is recognized as the first academic health center in Texas and among the oldest in the nation. UTMB provides the community with a diverse and highly skilled health care workforce, advancements in the understanding and treatment of illness and injury and a leading source of medical care for patients statewide.

— The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB)
Patient Care
UTMB is a major academic health center dedicated to improving the lives of others through health sciences education, clinical care and biomedical research. Opened in 1891, UTMB combines a rich history of service with a forward-thinking spirit to define the future of health care nationally and internationally. In 2010, UTMB had more than 29,000 inpatient admissions and 590,000 outpatient visits.

The UTMB campus features six hospitals that provide a full range of medical services. It is a nationally recognized center of excellence in breast imaging and weight management and bariatric surgery. Areas of clinical excellence include a comprehensive cancer center, transplant center, molecular cardiology, women’s and children’s health, diabetes, metabolism and obesity and the care of burns. It’s also the third largest hospital in the Houston/Galveston region and is a Level I trauma center serving as a lead trauma care resource for the 10-county region. An extensive network of more than 90 campus and community clinics provide outpatient services to people throughout Texas.
UTMB has initiated several innovative services and diagnostic techniques to advance patient care. Its pioneering Electronic Health Network has conducted more than 250,000 telehealth consultations. UTMB’s AT&T Center for Telehealth Research and Policy is the only center in the United States devoted to demonstrating efficacy of telehealth technology.

Research Facility
In 2010, more than $156.8 million was spent on research expenditures, including more than $105 million from the National Institute of Health (NIH). Eight UTMB School of Medicine departments are among the Top 20 nationally in terms of NIH funding. Overall, UTMB ranks 37th nationally in NIH funding to medical schools. UTMB’s programs of research excellence include the following:
  • Infectious diseases, vaccine development and biodefense
  • Aging and longevity
  • Neurosciences and neurology
  • Environmental health and asthma
  • Molecular medicine, structural biology and protemics
  • Cancer
  • Burns, wound healing and sepsis
  • Diabetes

UTMB is home to the oldest schools of medicine, nursing and allied health sciences in Texas. Enriching UTMB’s academic environment are two institutes: Institute for the Medical Humanities and the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity. These institutes comprise more than 2,400 students and nearly 700 medical residents and fellows. For more information about UTMB, call (409) 772-1011 or visit

— Mainland Medical Center
Since 1952, Mainland Medical Center (MMC) has been saving lives and improving the quality of life. Each year, more than 62,000 outpatient procedures are performed and more than 8,000 persons are admitted to MMC from the greater Galveston County region. Expertise areas include primary care, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, women’s health, psychology, surgery, radiology, pathology, oncology, plastic surgery, urology and pediatrics. In 2011, MMC was named one of the top performers in using evidence-based care processes to improve patient outcomes by The Joint Commission, and in 2008, it received the HealthGrades five-star rating for gastrointestinal care. For more information call, (713) 371-5000 or visit

— Shriners Burn Hospital for Children
After temporarily closing in 2008 due to Hurricane Ike damage, Shriners Hospital for Children at Galveston ended the 2009 year with a grand reopening celebration. The 30-bed pediatric burn hospital provides free care to burn victims from Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and parts of Colorado and is one of 22 Shriners Hospitals throughout North America. The Galveston hospital treats acute burns, plastic reconstructive or restorative surgery as a result of “healed” burns, severe scarring, injuries resulting in contractures or interfering with mobility of the limbs, scarring and deformity of the face, cleft lip and palate repair. The physicians and scientists at Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston have made significant contributions to the field of burn therapy, including the development of special splints and pressure garments to reduce disability and disfigurement. For more information, visit

Harris County counted 331,489 adults age 65 years of age and older within its political boundaries in 2010. With the aging of the Baby Boomers and the influx of 1 million new households by 2025, this group is expected to grow dramatically, making factors affecting seniors all that more important. By 2036, national projections estimate that the population of those 65 years of age and older will make up almost 16 percent of the general population.

As a result of national and local aging trends, increased attention is being paid to the 65-years-of-age-and-older population. Examples include Care for Elders (
www.careforelders.org), Houston’s largest, most diverse and most experienced partnership focused on elder care issues. Uniting more than 80 members from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Care for Elders is working to increase access to services, improve the quality of care and enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families.

In addition to the Access Network, the Harris County Community Access Collaborative has implemented an extensive network of system navigators, known as promodoras, who are trained to assist elders and others in accessing needed health care services.

Sheltering Arms Senior Services is one of the most comprehensive senior programs in the area, with home-care services, Alzheimer’s Day Centers and many more services. Call (713) 956-1888 or visit

The Harris County Area Agency on Aging offers programs tailored to meet the social, nutritional, educational and logistical needs of all Harris County residents age 60 and above. Nutrition services include the home-delivered meal program for the homebound elderly and the congregate meal program at 43 senior centers in Harris County. It offers respite care and homemaker, caregiver training, dental, hearing and legal services. Call (832) 393-4301 or visit

The Senior Guidance Directory is an invaluable resource guide to senior services. Categories of services include hospice, senior centers, adult daycare centers, caregiver’s resources, free health care clinics and senior housing. The resources are available for the areas of West Houston, North Houston, Montgomery County, Fort Bend, Katy and the Bay Area. The directory is available at Kroger pharmacies. Visit
www.srguidance.org to view an online version of the directory.

Houston is a great place to find world-renowned health services and professionals. No matter what ails you, Houston is the center for medical excellence.
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