From the world-renowned Texas Medical Center south of downtown to fine community hospitals in outlying areas, Houston is home to medical facilities and expertise that are second to none. The city’s hospitals are routinely ranked among the top in the nation, and many of Houston’s doctors and surgeons are considered number one in their fields.
Texas Medical Center
With more than 10 million patient visits last year and more square footage than downtown Dallas, the Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world. It includes 54 member institutions that provide patient care, cutting-edge research, and education for medical and nursing students. Included in these are 17 hospitals, four medical schools, and five schools of nursing. Beyond its impact on health care, the Texas Medical Center is Houston’s largest single-site employer, with more than 106,000 employees. The Medical Center is home to hospitals that specialize in many different areas, including cardiac care, cancer treatment, organ transplants, and more.
While the Texas Medical Center is on the forefront of research and groundbreaking discoveries today, it also has a noteworthy past. According to the center’s website, Memorial Hermann began using Life Flight®, the first air ambulance of its kind, in 1976. By 2006, the Texas Heart Institute had completed over 1,000 heart transplants and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center began using proton therapy to avoid damaging the healthy tissue that surrounds tumors.
The Medical Center occupies more than 1,300 acres and currently has more than $3 billion in construction projects underway.
Health Care Outreach
Health Care for the Homeless-Houston (homeless-healthcare.org) serves the homeless community in Houston through comprehensive health care. According to its website, the organization’s purpose is to provide long-term care for those who are unable to navigate a larger system of care; provide interim care for those who can transition into the public healthcare system; and provide medical street outreach to those who live on the streets and in single-night shelters. The most common ailments treated by Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston include mental disorders, dental-related disease, diabetes, substance-related disorders, and upper respiratory infection. For information on volunteering, call 713-276-3058.
From labor and delivery to women’s comprehensive care, Houston offers nationally recognized health care to women of all ages. Women’s health care can be divided into specific categories, such as gynecology, fertility, labor and delivery, and breast care. Houston offers specialized clinics in each individual category, as well as a few centers for women’s comprehensive care.
For comprehensive care, Woman’s Hospital of Texas, located in the Texas Medical Center, has been providing Houston women with primary care since 1976. Woman’s Hospital of Texas offers gynecological surgery and other services including postpartum, infertility, breast care, radiation, and gynecology.
Houston is home to some of the world’s best children’s hospitals. It is stocked with surgeons, specialists, and educators in each field. There are a handful of top children’s hospitals, however the number of pediatricians and children’s physicians in the area can be overwhelming. To find a family pediatrician in your area, using a directory that provides ratings and comments may be helpful. The HealthGrades pediatric directory has more than 1,400 listings within 25 miles of Houston.
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital has been caring for women and children under one roof longer than any other Houston hospital. It boasts the Gulf Coast region’s leading Level I pediatric trauma center, Levels III and IV neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), and The Fetal Center, to ensure mothers with high-risk pregnancies and their babies receive comprehensive care using the latest treatments. Additionally, the hospital hosts specialty programs including neurosciences, orthopedics and sports medicine, cardiac care, transplantation, and general and specialty surgery. The hospital is affiliated with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.
The Houston area has an abundance of services for the elderly, including more than 280 assisted-living facilities, 80 skilled-care facilities, and approximately 30 independent-living communities. Some of the notable facilities are the Buckingham, Treemont, Clarewood House, Terrace at West University, and Parkway Place. Additionally, home health care is provided through a number of organizations, such as Sheltering Arms.
Patients come from all over the world to seek cancer treatment in Houston, where the facilities are consistently ranked the best in the nation. Cancer patients are ensured the most groundbreaking research results and recent discoveries in clinical trials when they seek treatment in Houston.
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has a main campus in the Texas Medical Center. MD Anderson focuses on patient care, education, research, and prevention as doctors work toward eliminating cancer. The facility is consistently ranked as the number- one hospital for cancer care in the nation. U.S. News & World Report also regularly ranks the hospital nationally in five other fields.
Houstonians take to pets in a big way, so it’s no surprise that you can find every pet service and activity imaginable, from doggie day spas to pet training, pet get-togethers (“yappy hour”), and dedicated rescue groups for countless breeds and all types of four-footed friends. Regardless of where they live, Houston pet lovers are never far from exceptional veterinary care. Many of Houston’s veterinarians are graduates of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, one of the top veterinary schools in the country.