Texas Medical Center
Although Houston Southeast is steeped in tradition, it is also where the health care history is being made.
The District is home to the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, which consists of 54 institutions that are committed to delivering high-quality patient care, leading-edge research, and superior education. These include 21 hospitals, 8 specialty hospitals, 8 academic and research institutions, 4 medical schools, 7 nursing schools, 3 public health organizations, 2 pharmacy schools, and a dental school.
Established in 1945, the Center is the largest medical complex in the world. Like the District, it is virtually a city within the city. With more than 50 million developed square feet, it is the eighth-largest business district in the United States, employing more than 100,000 people.
But beyond that, it is where patients from around the globe come for treatment, where babies are welcomed to the world, and where lives are saved:
- 8 million patient visits per year
- 180,000 annual surgeries performed
- More than 25,000 babies delivered annually
- Over 13,6000 total heart surgeries, more than anywhere else in the world
The Medical Center is also home to three museums that celebrate the human body, the history of medicine, and the state of the heart: The Health Museum, the Wallace D. Wilson Museum at the Texas Heart Institute, and the DeBakey Library and Museum named for Dr. Michael DeBakey, who is widely recognized as the father of modern cardiovascular surgery.
Like all of the District’s neighborhoods, the Texas Medical Center is easily accessible by roads and highways, and conveniently connects to downtown, the Museum District, and NRG Stadium – home of the Houston Texans.