Baylor University Medical Center

Baylor University Medical Center (Baylor Dallas or BUMC), part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is a not-for-profit hospital in Dallas, Texas. It has 1,025 licensed beds and is one of the major centers for patient care, medical training and research North Texas. In 1993, it was named by the U.S. News & World Report in its list of "America's Best Hospitals" for the fifteenth consecutive year.[1]

Baylor University Medical Center
Baylor Scott & White Health
Location3500 Gaston Avenue, Dallas, Texas, United States
Coordinates32°47′25″N 96°46′51″W / 32.7903°N 96.7809°W / 32.7903; -96.7809
FundingNon-profit hospital
Affiliated universityTexas A&M College of Medicine
Emergency departmentLevel I trauma center
ListsHospitals in Texas

In 2013, Scott & White merged with Baylor Health Care System to form Baylor Scott & White Health.[2]


In 1903, the hospital opened as Texas Baptist Memorial Sanitarium in a 14-room renovated house with 25 beds. It received its charter from the state government in October 1903 and had financial support from the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The nursing school was established in 1918. The hospital was renamed Baylor Hospital in 1921 and then Baylor University Hospital in 1936 to emphasize its relationship with the Baptist-affiliated Baylor University in Waco, Texas. The Baylor College of Medicine, College of Dentistry and School of Pharmacy were co-located with the hospital. The Florence Nightingale Maternity Hospital opened in 1937 on the same grounds. Financial difficulties due to the ongoing World War II forced the College of Medicine to move to Houston. The hospital faced an uncertain future since it no longer had the support of an affiliated medical school and its buildings were in need of renovation. Some of the doctors at the hospital who were also professors at the College of Medicine chose to stay with the hospital instead of moving to Houston.

The 1950s signaled a milestone in the development of the hospital. With the construction of the seven-story, 436-bed George W. Truett Memorial Hospital in 1950, Baylor became the fifth-largest general hospital in the country. In 1959, Florence Nightingale Maternity Hospital was replaced with a newly expanded Women's and Children's Hospital, later renamed Karl and Esther Hoblitzelle Memorial Hospital. At this point "medical center" was accordingly added to the hospital name.

The Baylor Healthcare System was established in 1981 and BUMC became its flagship hospital.[1]

The center has a distinguished orthopedic program. Baylor University Medical Center was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's top 50 hospitals for orthopedic care in its 2014–15 rankings. In addition, the hospital is a Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Center for spine surgery and hip and knee replacements and has received Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence.[3]


Hospital Facts (Fiscal Year 2013)

  • 39,906 admissions (including newborns)
  • 4,606 babies born
  • 115,239 emergency department visits
  • 174,147 outpatient visits (excluding emergency department)
  • 75.7 percent occupancy rate
  • 6.22 days, average length of patient’s stay
  • 1,079 licensed beds
  • 1,146 physicians
  • 220 medical residents and fellows
  • 4,750 employees[4]

The hospital is ranked nationally in seven adult specialties. It was also high-performing in five adult specialties. Baylor University Medical Center is a 933-bed general medical and surgical facility. It is a teaching hospital and admitted 37,580 patients in the most recent year reported. It performed 13,405 annual inpatient and 7,592 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency department had 106,586 visits.[5]

Despite its name, it is no longer affiliated with Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Medical-school affiliationEdit

The medical center is affiliated with the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Timeline Baylor Health Care System History".
  2. ^ Jacobson, Gary (30 September 2013). "Baylor Health Care System, Scott & White complete their merger". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas: A. H. Belo. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  3. ^ "Baylor University Medical Center - 125 hospital and health systems with great orthopedic programs 2014".
  4. ^ "Facts and Statistics | Baylor Scott & White Health". 2015-02-23. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
  5. ^ "Rankings". Retrieved 2019-05-25.

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