Named for the patron saint of physicians and surgeons, St. Luke's Episcopal Health System cares for patients in the Houston area through flagship St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, where the first heart transplant in the US was performed. The system also operates smaller hospitals, the Texas Heart Institute, a network of community clinics, and other specialized services in and around the Lone Star State's largest city. St. Luke's Episcopal Health System has a medical staff of more than 600 doctors. The company's physicians provide clinical services in more than 40 specialties.
St. Luke's Episcopal Health System serves patients in the Greater Houston area including the Texas Medical Center, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Northwest Houston (near Tomball), and Pasadena.
Even as many of its peers have put building projects on hold due to the lackluster economy, St. Luke's Episcopal Health System has continued to grow.
In 2012 its St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital opened a new oncology medical clinic to provide evaluation and treatment of medical oncology and blood disorders. That year it opened an outreach clinic for advanced cirrhosis therapies and pre-screening for potential liver transplants at its St. Luke's the Woodlands Hospital.
The health system added St. Luke's Hospital at the Vintage, a 106-bed acute care facility in Houston's northwestern reaches that opened its doors in late 2010. That year it also acquired the 60-bed Patients Medical Center in Pasadena, Texas. The acute care hospital offers inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services. It represents St. Luke's fourth joint venture (St. Luke's holds a 51% stake in Patients Medical Center); the medical center remains responsible for managing its own day-to-day operations.
The health system's flagship hospital was chartered in 1945 and became affiliated with groundbreaking surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley's Texas Heart Institute in 1962. In 1997, the state's Episcopal diocese established the non-profit health system. A large spurt of growth for the system came in the form of clinics and new hospitals in the early 2000s. – less