Baylor St. Lukes Medical Center - North American Hospitals Supplement

CHI St. Luke’s Health: A new era in healthcare

The world-renowned Texas Medical Center (TMC) – the largest medical complex in the world with more than 7.2 million visits per year – is home to CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Baylor St. Luke’s).

As part of a six-hospital health system, Baylor St. Luke’s is a quaternary care facility in Houston that is dedicated to a mission of enhancing community health through high-quality patient care in caring for the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. Led by Wayne Keathley, President, Baylor St. Luke’s has embarked on a new era in healthcare through significant alliances that position the hospital at the forefront of transforming the delivery of healthcare in Texas and the United States.

In the heart of the Texas Medical Center
Together, Texas Heart Institute, an internationally recognized leader in cardiovascular care and CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Baylor St. Luke’s) form one of the largest heart centers in the world for research and treatment.

The strategic alliance with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the top medical schools in the United States, adds a level of research capabilities and collaboration that paves the way for even more revolutionary discoveries – from regenerative medicine to the development of next-generation medical devices.

History of making history
Since 1962, Texas Heart Institute, founded by Denton A. Cooley, MD in 1962, has been leading world-class physicians in performing research to better understand the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Now, CHI St. Luke’s Health is continuing to make life-changing breakthroughs to:

  • eliminate heart disease,
  • discover more methods of prevention, and
  • save more lives than in any other era in medical history.

Texas Heart Institute

  • FIRST successful heart transplantation in the United States
  • FIRST implantation in the world of an artificial heart in a human
  • More than 100,000 open-heart procedures performed
  • FIRST in the U.S. to implant a pacemaker enclosed in a mesh envelope embedded with two antibiotic agents that provide site-specific antibiotic protection
  • THI surgeon, Dr. O.H. “Bud” Frazier has performed more heart transplants and left ventricular assist device implantations than any other surgeon in the world

Cancer care
The Dan L. Duncan
Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine offer the best minds in cancer treatment backed by the renowned researchers of Baylor, improved outcomes through comprehensive, personalized care, and access to the latest clinical trials. We are at the forefront of personalized medicine, replacing traditional treatments with targeted therapies based on each individual’s unique biology and the exact characteristics of their cancer.

The National Cancer Institute awarded the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine the prestigious designation of a NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The comprehensive status designation moves the Duncan Cancer Center into an elite class of 45 centers from around the country whose programs demonstrate significant depth and breadth in basic, clinical and translational research, research into cancers most affecting their communities, clinical care, outreach and education activities, as well as cancer epidemiology and prevention programs.

Experts in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and benign breast disease. We are one of only a few comprehensive breast care centers in the country focused exclusively on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of breast disease and breast cancer.

First lung institute in Texas
Baylor College of Medicine, NCIDesignated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center have developed the first comprehensive, multi-specialty Lung Institute in Texas, with a team of specialists led by worldrenowned lung disease expert and surgeon David Sugarbaker, MD. From asthma to lung cancer, the Institute offers advanced technology and individualized treatmentbacked by Baylor’s top-ranked genetics program, to patients from all over the world.

“If you’ve been told you have a difficult case, this is where you come,” said Dr. Sugarbaker, Director of the Lung Institute and Professor and Chief of the Division of General Thoracic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. “Patients come to us based on the reputation of the Lung Institute team for providing hope as well as superb medical care in even the most difficult medical conditions.”

The Institute combines experts from more than a dozen pulmonary, surgery and related specialties at Baylor College of Medicine and Baylor St. Luke’s and taps into the resources of internationally recognized genetics and genome sequencing programs. This collaborative approach to lung diseasetreatment means that patients are provided more options for a course of treatment.

The NeuroScience Center at Baylor St. Luke’s takes a comprehensive approach to evaluation, treatment, and longterm management of neurological diseases, while providing the expertise of leading neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, and neurophysiologists.

Baylor St. Luke’s houses specialized neurospecific clinical units, which include a 20- bed Neuro-Intensive Care Unit, a 42-bed Neuro Acute Care Unit, and dedicated Neurosurgical operating room suites. All of the neuro-specific units have RNs that are NIH Stroke Scale certified. Interventional Neuroradiology at the NeuroScience Center has garnered international recognition for cutting-edge technology in the prevention and treatment of neurovascular diseases.

The Neurovascular Center, launched in 2005, offers multidisciplinary expertise from renowned interventional neuroradiologists. Neurointensivists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons all work collaboratively with neurointerventional radiologists to offer many treatment options for neurovascular disorders. In addition, they also work closely with internal hospital specialists to utilize diagnostic capabilities. Baylor St. Luke’s is the first in Houston to operate CyberKnife in a clinical setting for treatment of intracranial tumors that continues to offer new hope to patients who have surgically complex tumors.

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center facts

  • Ranked as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Cardiology & Heart Surgery for 25 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Member of one of the nation’s largest health systems: Catholic Health Initiatives
  • FOUR-time ANCC Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence – highest honor bestowed to a hospital for nursing
  • Cares for patients representing more than 70 countries around the globe
  • Collaborative partnership with Baylor College of Medicine one of the top medical schools in the U.S. and its Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center is a NCIDesignated Comprehensive Cancer Center – one of less than 50 in the nation
  • Home of Texas Heart Institute (THI) featuring world-renowned physicians and the birthplace of the world’s first heart transplantation
  • To date, Baylor St. Luke’s has performed more than 250,000 cardiac catheterizations, 115,000 open-heart surgeries, and 1,200 heart transplants
  • Baylor St. Luke’s and Texas Heart Institute have made some of the most important and groundbreaking medical discoveries in cardiovascular history, including the nation’s first successful heart transplant, the world’s first artificial heart transplant, and unprecedented advancements in preventative care.
  • Recipient of Get with The Guidelines – Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in 2015 for its exceptional Comprehensive Stroke Program
  • Accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Nuclear Medicine, Nuclear Cardiology, and PET imaging.

International services

International Services at Baylor St. Luke’s extends a gracious welcome to patients and families from around the world. Our multilingual professional team stands ready to manage all your medical services needs and related matters to make your stay with us more pleasant.


  • Second opinion
  • Physician appointments and scheduling Language assistance
  • Hotel reservations and long-term housing
  • Air travel and ground transportation
  • Air ambulance assistance
  • Business center for patient and family members (e-mail, fax machines, photocopiers)
  • Spiritual support for all faiths
  • Specialized in cultural needs
  • Purchasing of medical equipment

Business development initiatives
CHI St. Luke’s offers clinical rotations for interested physicians and maintains affiliations with institutions and societies to benefit local communities through collaborative information exchange.

The International Services staff is available to answer your calls, faxes, and e-mails between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Central Time), Monday through Friday (except U.S. holidays). If an emergency arises after office hours, dial the office number and the on-call international representative will assist you.

Contact us:
• Telephone: +1800-670-3924
• Fax: +1-832-355-3002


Date of upload: 20th Nov 2016

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