A new report says six hospitals in Texas are among the greatest in the nation. Becker’s Healthcare, which publishes business and legal information for the healthcare industry, released its annual "100 great hospitals in America" list Wednesday.
Below are the six Texas hospitals that made the list:
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Houston)
The 850-bed Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center sits on the campus of the largest medical complex in the world: Texas Medical Center. The hospital earned its second consecutive Healthgrades General Surgery Excellence Award in 2018 in addition to Healthgrades’ 2018 Stroke Care Excellence Award. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top performer in two adult specialties — cardiology and neurology — in the publication’s 2017-18 rankings.
Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas)
Baylor University Medical Center got its start with 25 beds in 1903 and has since grown into a facility with 914 licensed beds and more than 1,200 physicians who provide care to more than 300,000 people annually. The medical center is the flagship hospital for Baylor Scott & White Health-North Texas health system and was the first hospital of the Baylor Health Care System. U.S. News & World Report named it the No. 3 hospital in Texas in its 2017-18 rankings.
Houston Methodist Hospital
A nonprofit healthcare organization, Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, as well as Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and other academic centers. Houston Methodist is the flagship hospital of the eight-hospital Houston Methodist system, housing 907 operating room beds and 78 operating rooms. In 2017, the hospital received a $101 million donation from Rusty and Paula Walter, the largest philanthropic gift in its history; the money will go toward the hospital’s neuroscience research. Houston Methodist is ranked No. 1 among Texas hospitals and has eight adult specialties ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-18.
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (Houston)
Founded in 1925, this academic medical center is one of only two level 1 trauma centers serving the greater Houston area. In 2014, UHC recognized Texas Medical Center among the top-performing AMCs in the nation in quality and accountability. More recently, CareChex ranked Memorial Hermann the No. 1 health system for overall hospital care in 2018. Texas Medical Center is the primary teaching hospital for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School. The medical center is well-known for its Heart & Vascular Institute, which has been recognized by the American Heart Association for achievements in quality and safety.
UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas)
UT Southwestern Medical Center, which includes the 460-bed William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and the 152-bed Zale Lipshy University Hospital, is the only academic medical center in north Texas. UT Southwestern Medical Center employs nearly 2,800 physicians, researchers and support staff across 70 different specialties. These physicians take care of more than 2.2 million outpatients and 100,000 inpatients annually. In 2016, UT Southwestern Medical Center was recognized by Press Ganey among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide on quality measures. In 2017-18, UT Southwestern Medical Center earned the No. 2 spot in Texas on U.S. News & World Report’s rankings.
Texas Children’s Hospital (Houston)
Since breaking ground in 1951, Texas Children’s Hospital has grown to more than 5 million square feet, encompassing a pediatric research center and a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology facility focused on high-risk births. In 1996, the teaching hospital founded Texas Children’s Health Plan, which was the nation’s first HMO for children. Today, Texas Children’s Hospital ranks No. 4 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of best children’s hospitals in the nation.
The group says the hospitals that made the list have received national recognition for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes and staff and doctor satisfaction. The list is in alphabetical order and are not to be taken as rankings.
"These institutions are industry leaders that have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties," the group said on its website. "The list also includes industry innovators that have sparked trends in healthcare technology, hospital management and patient satisfaction."
Becker’s Healthcare has a portfolio that includes trade publications, such as the magazine Becker’s Hospital Review.
The hospital list is based on the group’s analysis of ranking and awards agencies, including the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, letter grades from The Leapfrog Group and Truven Health Analytics.
Becker’s also sought nominations for the list.
Patch reporter Dan Hampton contributed to this report.
Photo credit: Shutterstock