Heart®Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal
The Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital has been named among the nation's top ten centers in cardiology and heart surgery in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of "America's Best Hospitals" for the ninth consecutive year. Of more than 6,000 hospitals in the nation, only 188 were ranked.
"It is a pleasure to be recognized so
consistently as a top
cardiovascular facility," said Denton A. Cooley, MD, founder, president
surgeon-in-chief of the Texas Heart Institute. "This repeated
acknowledgement is a testimony to the remarkable efforts of our
physicians as well as the ongoing collaboration between our clinical
St. Luke's, and our institution. As our facilities grow in the upcoming
we plan to prolong and expand the high-quality research and education
that enable us to further combat the devastating effects of
The annual rankings are designed to assist
people in seeking the highest
level of skills in diagnosing, treating or managing difficult medical
conditions. "America's Best Hospitals" is the only effort to compare
all hospitals in the United States fairly and objectively.
The 1999 top-ranked centers in cardiology and heart surgery, appearing in the July 19 issue are as follows: 1) Cleveland Clinic 2) Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 3) Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 4) Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston 5) Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C. 6) Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore 7) Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital 8) Emory University Hospital, Atlanta 9) Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, CA 10) Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
The Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital was founded in 1962 for the study and treatment of diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Together, with its clinical partner St. Luke's, it has become the largest cardiovascular center in the world, evidenced by more than 97,000 open-heart operations, 178,000 diagnostic cardiac catheterization procedures, and more than 750 heart transplants—experience no other facility can match. The Institute also been the scene of major advances in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, including the first successful heart transplant in the United States, the first implantation of an artificial heart in man, and the use of mechanical devices as bridges to transplant.
The Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital is also a leader in interventional cardiology. Several of the major trials that led to the approval of the first generation of stents were performed at the Institute. Basic research and clinical applications have also led to innovative and effective methods of preventing and treating heart disease.
St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital was founded in 1954 by the Episcopal Church. A nonprofit, multi-specialty, teaching hospital, St. Luke's is home to the world-renowned Texas Heart Institute. St. Luke's offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services as well as community outreach programs, and is affiliated with leading physicians and managed care plans throughout the Houston area.
For information about cardiovascular disease and its prevention, please contact the Texas Heart Institute's Heart Information Service, 1-800-292-2221, or http://www.texasheartinstitute.org .
The U. S. News & World Report America's Best Hospital's Survey results are located at: