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Why Choose Us

Patients from all over the world choose Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas, for highly specialized care. Here are a few reasons why.

  • Nationally Recognized. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Baylor St. Luke’s as a Best Hospital and ranks many of our service lines among the top programs.
  • Groundbreaking Research. In partnership with Texas Heart Institute and Baylor College of Medicine, we have achieved some of the most important medical advancements in history, including the world’s first total artificial heart transplant.
  • Leading Physicians. Our internationally renowned team is known for treating some of the most complex cases and setting the standard of care as experts in their fields.

Our Mission

The International Services Team at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center strives to provide high-quality care to international patients and their family members. We hope to create a positive hospital experience by bridging cultural and language differences, providing personal support, and accommodating service requests. All members are instrumental in assisting the development of transcultural patient care practices in order to provide efficient, holistic, caring, and culturally-congruent care for all patients.

Additionally, we work to improve the health of communities all around the world by distributing information and offering educational programs.

Our History

In December 1991, our International Patient Center was created as part of Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, home of the Texas Heart® Institute, to meet our international patients’ increasing health needs.

For decades, international patients have sought care at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center. Here, they find the medical and surgical expertise they require in a warm and healing environment.

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center was the first hospital in Texas named a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, and has been honored four times with the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ by HealthGrades, a leading independent company that measures healthcare quality in hospitals. Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center has been recognized by FORTUNE as among the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and by the Houston Business Journal as a top employer in Houston. Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center was also honored as one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work.”

The Texas Heart® Institute (THI), founded by world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon Denton A. Cooley, MD, in 1962, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastating toll of cardiovascular disease through innovative and progressive programs in research, education, and improved patient care. U.S. News & World Report has consistently recognized THI at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center as a top center for Cardiology & Heart Surgery. The Texas Heart® Institute is also affiliated with the University of Texas (UT) System, promoting collaboration in cardiovascular research and education among UT and THI faculty at the Texas Heart® Institute and other UT components.

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U.S. News & World Report

U.S News & World Report has recognized Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center as one of the best hospitals for several specialties.