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 as an outreach ministry of Methodist Episcopal Church.
In 2013, Houston Methodist changed its official name from The Methodist Hospital System to Houston Methodist, following an announcement by Houston Methodist.
Houston Methodist is one of the most comprehensive teaching hospitals in the United States, with leading specialists in every field of medicine. The hospital has consistently ranked as "One of America's Best Hospitals" according to U.S. News and World Report. The hospital has earned worldwide recognition in multiple specialties including cardiovascular surgery, cancer, epilepsy treatment and organ transplantation.
Primarily affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the hospital directs millions of dollars into research and advances in patient care. Houston Methodist offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques, and alternative medicine such as acupuncture through partner programs. Houston Methodist system was named one of "Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For" in 2006 and ranked ninth in the "Top 10 Companies to Work For" in 2007 and ranked eighth in 2008 according to Fortune Magazine. It now ranks seventeenth in Fortune Magazine.
This hospital was among 144 facilities—roughly 3 percent of the 4,743 analyzed for the latest Best Hospitals rankings—to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties.
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
The first aorto-coronary bypass surgery
The first use of a ventricular assist device to pump blood and support a diseased heart
Some of the first U.S. heart transplants