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Coordinates: 29°42′36″N 95°23′59″W / 29.7101°N 95.3998°W / 29.7101; -95.3998

Houston Methodist Hospital is the flagship hospital of Houston Methodist. Located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, Houston Methodist Hospital was established in 1919 during the height of the Spanish influenza epidemic as an outreach ministry of Methodist Episcopal Church. Houston Methodist comprises seven community hospitals, a continuing care hospital as well as several emergency centers and physical therapy clinics throughout greater Houston.

Houston Methodist
Houston Methodist
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LocationTexas Medical Center, Houston, Texas, United States
Care systemNon-profit
Hospital typeAcademic Medical Center and seven community hospitals
Affiliated universityWeill Cornell Medical College[1] and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Emergency departmentLevel III trauma center
ListsHospitals in Texas
Location marked as HMH
Location within Texas Medical Center

The hospital has consistently ranked as "One of America's Best Hospitals" according to U.S. News and World Report.[2] The hospital has earned worldwide recognition in multiple specialties including cardiovascular surgery, cancer, epilepsy treatment and organ transplantation.[3]

Houston Methodist System changed its official name to Houston Methodist in 2013.[4]



Originally located near downtown Houston, after a $1 million donation from Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen, the hospital relocated to the Texas Medical Center and opened a 300-bed facility in 1951.[5]

Dr. Michael DeBakeyEdit

Late heart surgeon Michael E. DeBakey, at the time a faculty member and later Chancellor Emeritus of Baylor College of Medicine, performed the first removal of a carotid artery blockage (1950); the first aorto-coronary bypass surgery (1964); the first use of a ventricular assist device to pump blood and support a diseased heart (1966); and some of the first U.S. heart transplants (1968 and 1969) at the hospital. Dr. DeBakey also created the first Dacron graft (1953).[6]

Flooding and StormsEdit

1976 FloodEdit

In 1976, unusually heavy rains caused more than $20 million in flood-related damage in the Texas Medical Center, knocking out power at three hospitals. Six feet of water filled Methodist’s basement.[7]

Tropical Storm AllisonEdit

On June 8, 2001, Tropical Storm Allison dropped up to 37 inches of rain on parts of Houston, causing the worst flooding in the city's history up until that time, with serious damage to the Texas Medical Center. About 40 feet of water filled Methodist Hospital's basement and entered the neurosensory building. The hospital discharged 400 patients and did not fully reopen until five weeks after the storm. The flooding caused an estimated $360 million in damage.[8]


Consisting of the existing Texas Medical Center facility and several newly constructed regional hospitals, Houston Methodist was established in 1996 to extend health services beyond the Texas Medical Center and into communities throughout Houston.


Houston Methodist, the University of Houston, and Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University jointly founded the Institute for Biomedical Imaging Science. The institute will create interdisciplinary programs in biomedical imaging and will develop joint training programs to produce basic and applied scientists.[9]

Also, beginning in 2019 Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital will launch the EnMed program which is an innovative Engineering Medicine program designed to educate a new kind of physician who will create transformational technology for health care.[10]

In 1990, the Texas historian Marilyn McAdams Sibley published The Methodist Hospital in Houston: Serving the World.[11]


Houston Methodist comprises seven community hospitals, a continuing care hospital, as well as several emergency centers and physical therapy clinics throughout greater Houston, including: [12]

  • Houston Methodist Hospital opened its doors in 1919 near downtown Houston. In 1951 the hospital moved to The Texas Medical Center at 6565 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030.[13] In 2018, Houston Methodist Hospital has 900 licensed beds, 1,890 affiliated physicians, and 7,420 employees.[14]
  • In 1983, Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital in Baytown, Texas (formerly Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital [15]) became affiliated with Houston Methodist. Opened in 1948, Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital was funded by Humble Oil and Refining Company and donations from other local business, organizations and individuals.[16] Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital is located at 4401 Garth Road, Baytown, Texas 77521.[17]
  • Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital (formerly Houston Methodist St. John Hospital[23]) is located at 18300 Houston Methodist Dr., Nassau Bay, TX 77058.[24] Serving the Greater Bay Area with 657 affiliated physicians and 858 employees. It admits more than 5,700 patients annually. Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital provides adult, medical, surgical and obstetrical care, as well as numerous ambulatory services.[25]
  • Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital opened in 2017 at the intersection of TX 242 and I-45.[26] This is a full-service, acute care hospital with many of the same services as the Texas Medical Center. It has 553 affiliated physicians and 900 employees.
  • Houston Methodist Continuing Care Hospital, located at 701 S. Fry Road, Katy, TX 77450, is a long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) serving the Greater Houston area, for patients requiring extended hospitalization. As an extension of Houston Methodist West Hospital just two miles away, several outpatient services are offered on the Houston Methodist Continuing Care campus, including imaging, outpatient rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation and wound care.[27]


U.S. News & World Report routinely names Houston Methodist Hospital as one of its “Best Hospitals,” most recently in 2018. Houston Methodist is nationally ranked in eight specialties and achieved a perfect score in nine common procedures and conditions.[28]


Houston Methodist has a dedicated center for innovation in digital platforms for healthcare delivery [29]

Notable proceduresEdit

1968 — The world’s first multi-organ transplant and Dr. Michael E. DeBakey’s first heart transplant.[30]

1985 — Methodist Hospital physicians perform the first heart-lung transplant in Texas[31]

1985 — Dr. Hartwell Whisennand performs the first liver transplant at Methodist Hospital.

1998 — Dr. Michael Reardon performs the first successful auto-transplant for cardiac malignancy at Methodist Hospital.[32]

2007 — Dr. Gerald Lawrie performs the world’s first “American Correction” mitral valve repair using the da Vinci surgical robot at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center.[33]

2015 — Houston Methodist physicians perform the world’s first skull and scalp transplant, plus kidney and pancreas transplants, on one patient.[34]


Houston Methodist has five hospitals with distinction for nursing excellence and quality patient care by the Magnet Recognition Program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center.[35]

Houston Methodist Hospital was selected for the 2018 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award for excellence in delivering high-quality health care from Vizient, formerly known as UHC.[36]

Other awards and achievements include:

  • A 2015 PRISM Award, recognizing exceptional nursing practices, leadership and outcomes in hospital medical-surgical units[37]
  • America’s 50 Best Hospitals in 2018, by HealthGrades, for excellence in several key performance areas [38]

Affiliated schools/institutionsEdit


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  37. ^ "AMSN PRISM Award® Recipients". Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  38. ^ "Healthgrades names honorees in 2018 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence". Healthcare Finance News. Retrieved 2019-01-24.