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St. Luke's Health ranks among Best Hospitals in 2023-2024 by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report Names Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Among Best Hospitals for Cardiology, Heart & Vascular Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Urology

HOUSTON (August 1, 2023) – Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is recognized as a Best Hospital for 2023-24 by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to being ranked No. 2 in the Houston Metro Area and No.3 in Texas, Baylor St. Luke’s ranked nationally in the following six specialties:

  • Cardiology, Heart & Vascular Surgery (The Texas Heart Institute), ranked No. 17
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology, ranked No. 32
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, ranked No. 38
  • Geriatrics, ranked No. 38
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery, ranked No. 36
  • Urology, ranked No. 29


Baylor St. Luke’s earned “High Performing” ratings in its Cancer, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, and Pulmonology & Lung Surgery service lines. The following procedures and conditions also earned “High Performing” ratings:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Aortic Valve Surgery
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Kidney Failure
  • Leukemia, Lymphoma & Myeloma
  • Lung Cancer Surgery
  • Pneumonia
  • Prostate Cancer Surgery
  • Stroke
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)


The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, established in 1990, are designed to provide data-driven decision support to patients and their families so they, with their doctors, can make informed choices about where to seek care for specific hospital services.

“Another year of recognition as a Best Hospital by U.S. News is further proof that Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is committed to providing the high-quality care and outcomes that our patients expect and deserve,” said Liz Youngblood, SVP/COO of St. Luke's Health and president of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. “Our many quality recognitions from U.S. News and others are testaments to the devotion of our expert clinical teams in delivering highly-specialized care with humankindness to people in Houston and beyond.”

“Backed by the world-class clinicians and cutting-edge research of Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center delivers high value and innovative treatments to patients in need of medically complex care,” said Doug Lawson, PhD, CEO of St. Luke’s Health and SVP of CommonSpirit Health. “It is a privilege to again see the work of our expert caregivers and staff earn recognition as a Best Hospital by U.S. News.”

“Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center continues to perform well in the Best Hospital rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, President, CEO and executive dean of Baylor College of Medicine. “The progress of the joint venture we began in 2014 can now be seen in new buildings on our McNair Campus as well as in these outstanding outcomes.  Baylor faculty and clinical leaders are paramount to the success of the hospital, and I thank them for their efforts.”

In addition, the following St. Luke’s Health hospitals earned “High Performing” ratings for the following procedures and conditions:


The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators.

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

For more information about the 2023-24 rankings and ratings, please visit and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.

About St. Luke’s Health

St. Luke’s Health is home to 16 hospitals covering Houston, Brazos Valley, Brazosport, and Lufkin and includes Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, the research and teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine. St. Luke’s Health is also home to the Texas Heart ®Institute (THI), the top-ranked heart center in Houston, and the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, a nationally accredited, NCI-designated cancer center. Its integrated network of care includes more than 380 employed and 1,600 clinically aligned network providers, and more than 21,000 employees, providers, interns, and volunteers delivering high-value, nationally-ranked quality care within a Christian ministry of healing. St. Luke’s Health is a member of CommonSpirit Health, a national nonprofit, Catholic health system with more than 140 hospitals covering 21 states and delivering care to more than 12.3 million patient visits annually. Learn more at

About Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is an 881-bed quaternary care academic medical center that is a joint venture between Baylor College of Medicine and St. Luke’s Health. Located in the Texas Medical Center, the hospital is the home of the Texas Heart Institute, a cardiovascular research and education institution founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD. The hospital was the first in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet Recognition Program hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award five consecutive times. Baylor St. Luke’s also has three community emergency centers offering adult and pediatric care for the Greater Houston area.


U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empowers citizens, consumers, business leaders, and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, News, and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice, and U.S. News Live events. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

Publish date: 

Tuesday, August 01, 2023

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