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Healthcare in Houston

Ask Houstonians what they like most about living in Houston, and chances are, one of the things they’ll mention is quality medical care. From the world-renowned Texas Medical Center south of downtown to fine community hospitals in outlying areas, Houston boasts medical facilities and expertise second to none. The city’s hospitals are routinely ranked among the best in the nation, and many Houston doctors and surgeons are considered number one in their fields. 

Texas Medical Center

The Texas Medical Center is a top destination in the world for clinical health care and medical research. TMC members institutions receive significant National Institutes of Health funding and TMC is home to some of the world’s leading hospitals and facilities. Within their campus, the TMC Innovation Institute houses TMCx, one of the country’s largest life science business accelerators focuses on early-stage digital health and medical device companies, as well as Johnson and Johnson’s Center for Device Innovation, JLabs, and the AT&T Foundry for Connected Health. 

Regional Health Care by the Numbers

There are more than 18,500 physicians licensed in the Houston region, 80% of which are in Harris County, according to the Texas Medical Board. The concentration of anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, cardiovascular technologists and technicians, respiratory therapy technicians, and occupational health and safety specialists/technicians is well above the national average. Houston’s 20,000 health care and social assistance establishments include more than 13,000 ambulatory health care providers, 6,000 social assistance establishments, 680 nursing and residential care facilities and 180 hospitals.

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Major Health Care Institutions

CHI St. Luke's Health 

CHI St. Luke’s Health has several hospitals, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group offices, and emergency facilities located throughout the Greater Houston area. The institution is an affiliate of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute, providing access to world-class research and advances in care. Learn more

HCA Houston Healthcare

HCA Houston Healthcare is a leading provider of health care in the Houston area, serving nearly 1 million patients annually. HCA Houston's comprehensive network includes 13 hospitals, nine outpatient surgery centers, 11 freestanding emergency centers and a dozen freestanding diagnostic imaging facilities in the greater Houston area. It also includes a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of HCA-affiliated facilities as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. Learn more.

Methodist Hospital

The Methodist Hospital, for sixty years the home of internationally acclaimed heart surgeon Michael DeBakey, is among the country’s top centers for otolaryngology, neurology/neurosurgery, ophthalmology, gynecology, heart surgery, psychiatry and urology. There are dozens of hospitals and clinics throughout the Houston region and several internationally. Learn more

Memorial Hermann

Memorial Hermann is the primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and a Level I trauma center. Memorial Hermann Healthcare System operates hospitals in Katy, Fort Bend County, The Woodlands, Memorial City and the northwest, southeast and southwest areas of Houston. Learn more

Texas Children's Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital is internationally recognized for exceptional comprehensive care and trailblazing research. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top ten pediatric hospitals, Texas Children’s, in affiliation with Houston’s renowned Baylor College of Medicine, ranks first in National Institute of Health (NIH) research funding for pediatric hospitals, participating in hundreds of groundbreaking research projects. Learn more

Texas Heart Institute

One of the top ten heart centers in the country, the Texas Heart Institute of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System is where the first heart transplant in the United States was performed, thanks to the pioneering work of Dr. Denton Cooley. Learn more

UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center has ranked as one of the top two hospitals for cancer care since U.S. News and World Report began its annual survey in 1990. Many of the advances that have increased the survival rate for all cancers were initiated at M. D. Anderson. Learn more

Houston Area Hospital Rankings

See how hospitals throughout the Houston region rank in terms of performance. 

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Neighborhoods & Communities

Houston offers a wide variety of neighborhoods to suit the taste and budget of residents. Find your perfect neighborhood.

Parks & Outdoors

Of all the things that make living in Houston so enjoyable, high on the list are the city and county parks along with state and federal recreation spots.

Sports & Recreation

With four major league sports teams, an abundance of bike and jogging trails and some of largest urban parks in the nation, Houston is a great place to experience the outdoors.

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