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Houston is known for having more than just great places to live and play. It also is known as a world health care center whose institutions offer services and specialties designed specifically for seniors.
The city is home to the Texas Medical Center- the largest medical center in the world-and world renowned  physicians and leading -edge medical facilities. For instance, it is the site of the nation's top cancer hospital, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, which serves patients from around the world.
Another medical center hospital is The Methodist  Hospital, which has been ranked among the top 20 hospitals in the nation in six specialties by U.S. News & World Report. St. Luke's Episcopal Health System is known nationally and internationally for high-quality heart and cardiovascular care.
And Memorial Hermann Healthcare System's 55+ Preferred Partners program has a wealth  of information for Houston seniors, including benefit membership programs, health and wellness classes, seminars, and workshops.
Most of these world-class institutions have clinics or physicians in the communities across the region to more conveniently serve patients. Refer to the Health Care chapter in this publication for more information about medical facilities in the region.
Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Since our first hospital opened its doors in downtown Houston in 1907, Memorial Hermann has been changing the face of healthcare across the greater Houston area.

Generations of Houstonians have come to know and rely on Memorial Hermann for our quality, patient-centered care, our attention to continuous innovation and our long-standing commitment to meeting their healthcare needs.

As Houston grew, Memorial Hermann anticipated that growth and expanded to accommodate it. Some 40 years ago, we were the first to open hospitals in suburban neighborhoods across the city.

Over the years, we grew to comprise nine acute-care hospitals, including Memorial Hermann Hospital, our university affiliated flagship in the Texas Medical Center. Today, Memorial Hermann’s Century Project is under way, with state-of-the-art medical facilities under construction throughout the greater Houston area to address present and future healthcare needs.

In addition to our acute-care hospitals for adults and children, Memorial Hermann operates a heart and vascular institute, three long-term acute care hospitals, a retirement community, an assisted living center and two nursing homes, a medically-based Wellness Center, rehabilitation and home health programs, and several convenient, freestanding outpatient imaging centers, with plans for additional locations.

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2003 Report to the Community

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Contact Us

 Our signature services include:

To reach the Memorial Hermann Corporate Office, call 713-448-5555 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. For all other inquiries, call 713-222-CARE (2273).

The Methodist Hospital System
The Methodist Hospital System is a nonprofit health care organization based in Houston, Texas. It has extended the world-renowned clinical and service excellence of its founding entity, The Methodist Hospital, through a network of community based hospitals.

Affiliated with the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church , The Methodist Hospital system works closely with local church leaders to bring compassion and spirituality to all of its endeavors and to help meet the health needs of the community it serves.

A legacy of medical milestones has attracted patients from around the world to Methodist for more than 80 years. In 1996, The Methodist Hospital system was established to extend TMH’s health services beyond the Texas Medical Center and into communities throughout Houston. Its international physician referral network -- with information centers in Guatemala City and Mexico City and affiliations with hospitals spanning four continents -- has extended the Methodist reach into the world community as well.

The Methodist Hospital, Houston
Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Sugar Land
Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Houston
San Jacinto Methodist Hospital, Baytown

International Affiliations:
More than 24 hospitals throughout Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, along with Methodist information centers in Mexico and Guatemala.

Corporate Financial Information (2003):
$1.09 billion in net patient revenue
$296 million in uncompensated charity care and community benefit activities
AA bond rating

The Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and  New York-Presbyterian Hospital, two of the nation’s leading centers for medical education and research. Methodist is also affiliated with The Menninger Clinic, a national specialty psychiatric and behavioral hospital, ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals."

Methodist is named among the country’s top hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery; heart and heart surgery; urology; ear, nose and throat; psychiatry; kidney disease; ophthalmology; gynecology; and orthopedics in U.S. News and World Report’s 2004 annual guide to "America’s Best Hospitals." In addition, the hospital is consistently ranked as most preferred by National Research Corporation’s annual public opinion survey. Methodist's medical staff includes hundreds of physicians listed in The Best Doctors in America who, along with other health professionals, offer expert preventive services, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care in virtually every medical specialty. The Methodist Hospital system has been recognized by Hospitals and Health Networks as one of health care’s "100 Most Wired" for its use of Internet technologies to connect with patients, physicians and nurses, employees, suppliers and health plans.

St. Luke's Episcopal Health System and Texas Heart Institute

St. Luke's Episcopal Health System has a unique commitment to patient care. As a faith-based, non-profit organization, St. Luke's believes that true healing involves the body, mind and spirit. Our approach goes beyond religion, focusing on the healing aspects of spirituality and based on deeply held trust, love, caring, compassion, and respect for well-being and life.

Our History
St. Luke's has been providing compassionate healthcare to Houstonians for almost five decades from its location in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. Founded in 1954 by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, today St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital delivers primary and tertiary healthcare to patients from throughout the Houston metropolitan area and from around the world. 

Our People
The people who work at St. Luke's are dedicated to excellence and compassion in caring for the whole person -- mind, body, and spirit. Our highly skilled medical professionals understand the importance of delivering world class care with a human touch; they believe in collaborating in a spirit of teamwork as they strive to help all individuals reach their optimum health.

St. Luke's Mission & Values
The mission of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System is to enhance community health by delivering superior value in high-quality, cost-effective acute care. St. Luke's pursues this mission by operating on these principles: integrity, valuing people, excellence and goal orientation.

Pastoral Care at St. Luke's
Throughout St. Luke's, innovative programs are emerging as chaplains, care givers, and volunteers recognize the role that each can play in helping a patient's spirit to heal. They are forming circles of support that reach far into the community.

Texas Heart Institute
Heart patients benefit from St. Luke's research and education partnership with the Texas Heart® Institute, site of many clinical firsts, including the nation's first successful human heart transplant. The Texas Heart Institute is dedicated to reducing the devastating toll of cardiovascular disease through innovative and progressive programs in research and education. The results of these efforts directly benefit the patients of St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital.

In the Community
St. Luke's Episcopal Health System is committed to providing high quality, cost effective health care to the entire Houston community.  St. Luke's partnership with Kelsey-Seybold, St. Luke's Community Medical Center  - The Woodlands, and our minor emergency centers are the most recent manifestations of that commitment.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
In 2002, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System finalized the purchase of the KS Management Services, L.L.P., officially joining St. Luke’s with Houston’s largest community-based multispeciality physician group. Kelsey-Seybold is a multi-specialty healthcare provider dedicated to delivering the most advanced level of comprehensive care, utilizing state-of-the-art technology and extensive clinical research to design new ways of providing care.  (Visit Website)

St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities
Created in 1997 as a separate component of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities is a grant-making (non-operating) public charity committed to advancing community health through body, mind, and spirit in the Houston community and the larger community of the 57-county Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Houston

The Houston Shriners Hospital is a 40-bed pediatric orthopaedic hospital providing comprehensive orthopaedic care to children at no charge. A new state-of-the-art facility opened in June 1996. The hospital is one of 22 Shriners Hospitals throughout North America. The Houston Hospital, which accepts and treats children with routine and complex orthopaedic problems, is one of just a few pediatric hospitals in the United States performing microvascular orthopaedic procedures, and it has also become known for its work with children with cerebral palsy.

Family-Centered Care

Recognizing that the family plays a vital role in a child's ability to overcome an illness or injury, the Houston Hospital helps the family provide the support the child needs by involving the family in all aspects of the child's care and recovery. The purpose of all Shriners Hospitals is to provide care to orthopaedically disabled and burned children to help them lead fuller, more productive lives. By promoting the importance of the family and helping it become a stronger support system for the child, the Houston Hospital can accomplish its purpose more effectively.


More than 300 different and distinct diseases affect the bones, joints and supporting structures, composed mainly of fibrous tissues such as ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Many of these diseases are congenital, others are inherited, and a great many are both congenital and inherited. However, very few of these diseases have identifiable causes.

Shriners Hospitals have been involved in clinical children's orthopedic research since the early 1920s, and in the early 1960s, Shriners Hospitals aggressively entered the structured basic research field. Advances in research are shared widely among the 22 Shriners Hospitals and with other hospitals throughout the country. The Houston Hospital conducts clinical and basic research in the following areas:

 Clinical research studies in gait analysis

Genetic linkage studies of club foot

Genetic and behavioral studies of spina bifida

Genetic studies of pseudoachondroplasia, a form of dwarfism

Molecular studies of hereditary multiple exostosis, a condition marked by "spurs" or bony outgrowths on bone

Regulatory and structural studies of cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP), a key component in the growth and formation of cartilage

Referrals to the Houston Hospital

To refer a patient to the Houston Shriners Hospital, referring physicians can contact Chief of Staff Richard J. Haynes, M.D. Application forms can also be obtained by calling any Shrine Temple or Shrine Club, or one of the following numbers:

713-793-3765 (Houston area)

800-853-1240 (if calling from other Texas locations)

800-237-5055 (if calling from outside Texas)

800-361-7256 (if calling from Canada)

Application forms can also be obtained by calling any Shrine Temple or Shrine Club.

For emergency burn admissions to one of the Shriners Hospitals that treat burns, the referring physician should telephone the chief of staff at the Shriners Hospital in Boston, Cincinnati, Galveston, or Sacramento and indicate the patient needs emergency care. Emergency care is not available at the orthopedic hospitals. Non-emergency admissions of burn patients for reconstructive or plastic surgery can be arranged in the same manner as orthopedic admissions at the nearest Shriners Hospital for Children.

Texas Children's Hospital

Texas Children's Hospital is an internationally recognized full-care pediatric hospital located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. The largest pediatric hospital 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 four among children’s hospitals by both Child magazine and 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. Watch a video to learn more about how Texas Children's is changing the face of health care, one child at a time.

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 sub specialists, pediatric surgical sub specialists and dentists. In addition, Texas Children's offers a dedicated, highly skilled nursing and support staff of more than 6,000.

Texas Children’s Hospital Integrated Delivery System
Texas Children’s Hospital is a part of a more defined network of health care services known as the Texas Children’s Hospital Integrated Delivery System. The system's mission is to support excellence in patient care, education and research with a commitment to quality service and cost-effective care to enhance the health and well-being of children locally, nationally and internationally.

The structure of the Integrated Delivery System enables Texas Children’s Hospital to reach into Houston’s neighborhoods to offer a full range of pediatric health care services. These neighborhood services offer families convenient access to non-emergency care provided by specialists trained to treat children and adolescents close to home.

Texas Children’s Hospital is not just a component of the Integrated Delivery System, it also is the guiding force of the system. It is the vision, expertise and resources of the hospital that guide the operations and continued development of the entire Integrated Delivery System. 

Other components of the Integrated Delivery System include:

·         Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates

·         Texas Children’s Health Centers

·         Texas Children’s Health Plan

·         Texas Children’s International

TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research
Our Reputation

Recognized as one of the leading rehabilitation hospitals in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of physicians, TIRR serves as a Model System for interdisciplinary rehabilitation services, patient care and medical education, and a center of research. TIRR is located in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. Our reputation comes from more than 40 years of experience in rehabilitation and research, the high caliber of our physicians and clinicians, the comprehensive programs and services we provide, and our first-rate facilities.

A complete continuum of care for patients needing medical rehabilitation is provided by TIRR. The recovery and rehabilitation process is complex, so providing the therapy and patient skills development necessary to achieve maximum independence is critical. In addition to our inpatient hospital, TIRR offers outpatient therapy through the TIRR Challenge Program, TIRR Outpatient Therapy Services, TIRR’s Outpatient Clinic, and at TIRR Rehabilitation Centers locations throughout the Texas Gulf Coast. With more than 14 locations in Southeast Texas, TIRR is never far away for people who need rehabilitation.

On the research side, TIRR continues to make strides in all aspects of rehabilitation, from improving treatment procedures that substantially reduce the secondary complications often associated with catastrophic injuries, to improving functional outcomes, and preserving health care dollars. TIRR has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education as a Model System for Spinal Cord Injury every renewal period since 1972. The Brain Injury Research Center of TIRR is currently funded by three grants from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research including designation as a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Rehabilitation Interventions Following Traumatic Brain Injury.

TIRR’s reputation does not end with research and rehabilitation services. Educating patients, families, health care professionals, caregivers, and the public about rehabilitation has been a long-standing commitment for TIRR. Extending our knowledge and resources into the community remains a top priority and part of our commitment to making a difference in the lives of those impacted by disabling injury and illness.

The University of TEXAS M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Mission, Vision and Core Values - Our blueprint for excellence, followed by all M. D. Anderson employees.

Facts and History - Find out who M. D. Anderson was, as well as other milestones in our past and present.

Code of Ethics - The guiding principles that protect the treatment and welfare of our patients.

Executive Leadership - Profiles of the Executive Committee.

M. D. Anderson Publications - an online resource to meet the needs of patients, families and health care providers.

New Construction - Get all the facts about M. D. Anderson's construction projects.

Public Education - Request speakers for your community event, tour our facility and learn more about other outreach programs.

House Bill 1016  

Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Welcome to the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center

The Michael E. DeBakey VA & Medical Center (MEDVAMC) serves as primary health care provider for more than 137,000 veterans in Southeast Texas. In fiscal year 2004, there were 598,572 outpatient visits at the Houston facility, 59,516 outpatient visits at the Beaumont Outpatient Clinic, and 45,155 outpatient visits at the Lufkin Outpatient Clinic. During the same period, 11,111 veterans were admitted as inpatients and 235 were admitted to the Transitional Care Center. Veterans from around the country are referred to the MEDVAMC for specialized diagnostic care, radiation therapy, surgery, and medical treatment including cardiovascular surgery, gastrointestinal endoscope, ophthalmology, nuclear medicine, and treatment of spinal cord injury and diseases. The MEDVAMC is home to a Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center; a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic; an award-winning Cardiac Surgery Program; one of the VA's six Parkinson's Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers; and the Houston Center for Quality of Care & Utilization Studies. Many MEDVAMC programs have received national awards and honors including Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services, accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for hospital, long-term care, behavioral health care, substance abuse, and home care programs, and three-year Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditations for the Rehabilitation Care Line's Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program, the Spinal Cord Injury Program, the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program, and the Compensated Work Therapy Program.

Teaching Hospital

Nearly 3,500 health care professionals provide high-quality care to our veterans. The MEDVAMC staff is widely recognized for the education of health care workers. For more than 50 years, the MEDVAMC has provided clinical training for health care professionals through affiliations with the Baylor College of Medicine and 85 other educational and research institutions. Hundreds of health care students from fields such as nursing, dietetics, social work, physical therapy, and a wide variety of medical specialties receive training here each year. This responsibility serves to enhance the quality of care provided to our veterans. As a member institution of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) since 1985, the MEDVAMC staff serves on various TMC oversight committees that contribute to improved patient care and hospital operations. The vast majority of MEDVAMC physicians are also faculty members of Baylor College of Medicine.

Internship and Fellowship Programs


The MEDVAMC is fully accredited by JCAHO, CARF, the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Radiology, URAC, American Dental Association, American Psychological Association Office of Accreditation, American Dietetic Association, as well as several other external review organizations.

Modern Facility

Located on a 118-acre campus and built in 1991, MEDVAMC is a state-of-the-art facility with 319 hospital beds, a 40-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center, and a 120-bed transitional care unit for long-term care. An automated, computer-controlled transport system delivers food, laundry, and supplies throughout the building. The six-story granite building is designed with four exterior sections and four atriums that contain patio gardens, wheelchair basketball courts, and a rehabilitation pool. The MEDVAMC is currently renovating and upgrading all patient rooms for a more comfortable and home-like environment. This $1.8 million dollar project will replace tables, chairs, privacy curtains, draperies, light fixtures, clocks, wallpaper, countertops, and wall decorations, plus it will install ceiling lifts for patients in all rooms in the long-term care and spinal cord injury units at a cost of $500,000.

Quality of Care

Research & Development

Supported with more than $26 million annually, research conducted by MEDVAMC staff ensures veterans access to cutting-edge medical and health care technology. The MEDVAMC Research & Development (R&D) Program is an integral part of the medical center's mission and plays a very important role in the health care veterans receive. The production of new knowledge, techniques, and products has led to improved prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and control of disease. The MEDVAMC R&D Program includes four components: Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development, Clinical Science Research and Development, Rehabilitation Research and Development, and Health Services Research and Development. Collectively, these services support research covering biomedicine, clinical trials, rehabilitation, and health services. Today, VA is a leader in many areas of research. Some of the recent achievements and initiatives include a new antibiotic that improves treatment of diabetic foot infections, Vitamin D and cereal fiber that reduce colorectal cancer risk, combination therapy for schizophrenia, 'BION' (Bionic Neuron) microchips that may one day help patients regain muscular control, kidney medication that is just as effective by injection, and synthetic estrogen that may reverse bone loss.

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Mr. Edgar Tucker - Director

Mr. Edgar L. Tucker

Dr. Thomas Horvath - Chief of Staff Dr. Thomas Horvath
Chief of Staff

Adam C. Walmus - Associate Director Adam C. Walmus Associate Director

Deloris W. Leftridge - Chief Nurse Executive Deloris W. Leftridge
Chief Nurse Executive

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The MEDVAMC began its life in the waning days of World War II. On April 26, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved the acquisition of a 118-acre site on the corner of Old Spanish Trail and Almeda to be used as a 500-bed naval hospital. The site, south of downtown Houston, was actually purchased from the Hermann Estate by 353 Houston citizens and donated to the federal government. On June 1, 1945, President Harry S. Truman designated the hospital as a permanent naval hospital. Commissioning ceremonies were held on September 4, 1946 to place the hospital into active operation. On April 15, 1949, the facility was transferred to the Veterans Administration and renamed the United States Veterans Administration Hospital. Designated as a teaching hospital and affiliated with the Baylor College of Medicine, the hospital accepted 22 residents in its training and education programs in its first year. The father of modern cardiovascular surgery, Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. , head of Baylor's department of surgery, a member of the Veteran Administration's Dean's Committee, and a driving force behind today's MEDVAMC's position in the medical community, said at the time, "The affiliation of the Veterans Administration Hospital and Baylor University College of Medicine has served a double purpose: To give veterans the highest standard of medical care and to enable Baylor to give training in some departments available nowhere else in the South." Dr. DeBakey helped to establish the system of treating military personnel returning from the war, a concept that evolved into the Veterans Health Administration system. As Colonel Michael DeBakey, he served on the Surgeon General's Staff during World War II, earned the U.S. Army Legion of Merit Award, and conducted studies that led to the development of mobile army surgical hospitals or MASH units. In 1983, the U.S. Congress approved the construction of a new $246 million replacement MEDVAMC facility. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in 1986. In mid-1991, MEDVAMC opened the doors of a new state-of-the-art facility located on the same 118-acre site, and the old hospital was demolished. In recognition of Dr. DeBakey's tireless efforts on behalf of our Nation's veterans, President George W. Bush signed Public Law 108-170 on December 6, 2003 officially changing the name of the facility to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.


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Fiscal Year 2000 (October 1999 - September 2000)

Veterans Enrolled: 73,879
Operating Beds - Houston: 355
Operating Beds - Transitional Care: 120
Average Daily Inpatient Census: 420
Admissions - Houston: 9,915
Admissions - Transitional Care: 307
Outpatients Visits - Houston: 474,901
Outpatient Visits - Beaumont: 22,954
Outpatients Visits - Lufkin: 18,441

Fiscal Year 2001 (October 2000 - September 2001)

Veterans Enrolled: 84,565
Operating Beds - Houston: 355
Operating Beds - Transitional Care: 120
Average Daily Inpatient Census: 422
Admissions - Houston: 10,548
Admissions - Transitional Care: 373
Outpatients Visits - Houston: 491,611
Outpatient Visits - Beaumont: 41,995
Outpatients Visits - Lufkin: 35,724

Fiscal Year 2002 (October 2001 - September 2002)

Veterans Enrolled: 92,105
Operating Beds - Houston: 352
Operating Beds - Transitional Care: 120
Average Daily Inpatient Census: 414
Admissions - Houston: 10,845
Admissions - Transitional Care: 291
Outpatients Visits - Houston: 519,745
Outpatient Visits - Beaumont: 47,684
Outpatients Visits - Lufkin: 42,842

Fiscal Year 2003 (October 2002 - September 2003)

Veterans Enrolled: 103,025
Operating Beds - Houston: 355
Operating Beds - Transitional Care: 120
Average Daily Inpatient Census: 416.6
Admissions - Houston: 10,744
Admissions - Transitional Care: 265
Outpatients Visits - Houston: 557,360
Outpatient Visits - Beaumont: 49,389
Outpatients Visits - Lufkin: 44,454

Fiscal Year 2004 (October 2003 - September 2004)

Veterans Enrolled: 137,000
Operating Beds - Houston: 359
Operating Beds - Transitional Care: 120
Average Daily Inpatient Census: 417
Admissions - Houston: 11,111
Admissions - Transitional Care: 235
Outpatients Visits - Houston: 598,572
Outpatient Visits - Beaumont: 59,516
Outpatients Visits - Lufkin: 45,155

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