Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center recognized as Houston’s Highest-Ranked Center for Adult Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report

HOUSTON, TX – July 27 – Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center ranked 13th in the nation among Adult Cardiology & Heart Surgery hospitals, making it the highest-ranked heart care center in Houston. As a global leader in patient care for nearly six decades, Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s has ranked among the top cardiovascular centers in the United States by U.S. News & World Report since the rankings first launched over 30 years ago.

“We are the highest-ranking heart and cardiac surgery center in Houston, Texas, and we are proud to be back on top,” said Texas Heart Institute’s Assistant Medical Director Dr. Stephanie Coulter, a member of both the Texas Heart Institute and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Medical Executive Committees.

The Cardiology & Heart Surgery rating is based on analysis of patient outcomes in the medical and surgical treatment of cardiovascular disease, the volume of high-risk patients, patient experience, nurse staffing, public transparency, and advanced clinical technologies.

In the Cardiology & Heart Surgery category, U.S. News evaluated 592 hospitals and ranked the top 50 that care for patients that required challenging heart and vascular treatments, including heart transplants, implantation of cardiac devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators, major chest procedures, and treatments for cardiovascular disease and other complex conditions such as endocarditis, heart failure, and circulatory issues.

Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center was recognized as a high-performing hospital for every complex cardiovascular condition and procedure, including heart failure, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and heart attack.

“For patients and their family members suffering from the most complex cardiovascular conditions or who have significantly heightened risk, these rankings provide a valuable resource for locating skilled sources of care,” said Dr. Joseph G. Rogers, CEO and President of the Texas Heart Institute. “Today, we are proud to uphold the quality of care that Dr. Denton A. Cooley pioneered at THI and Baylor St. Luke’s.”

THI Media Contact: Keri Sprung, THI Communications



Texas Heart Institute (THI), founded by world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Denton A. Cooley in 1962, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering the future of cardiovascular health through exceptional patient care, discovery, and a commitment to learning. Participating in research programs in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, stem cell and gene therapy, and regenerative medicine, THI’s scientists and physicians are spearheading some of the most innovative research in the medical field. Through its translational basic and clinical research programs, Texas Heart Institute is learning more every day about the underlying causes of heart disease and the ways to better treat and even prevent it. With initiatives ranging from postdoctoral and continued medical education to public outreach and scientific publications, THI is dedicated to spreading awareness and sharing updates on ways to prevent, treat and defeat cardiovascular disease. With over 12 million visitors coming to its website from around the world every year, www.texasheart.org is just one of the ways THI is helping to educate people on the importance of heart health.



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 facility in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet® 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.



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