Serving the Community Through Patient Care

Some patients might not understand that the physician who is caring for them at one of these affiliates is a Baylor College of Medicine physician. 

One of the primary ways Baylor College of Medicine serves its community is through the patient care it provides at affiliated hospitals. Every day, members of the Baylor faculty care for patients at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, the DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital and other Harris Health community health centers, TIRR Memorial Hermann, The Menninger Clinic and Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

“Some patients might not understand that the physician who is caring for them at one of these affiliates is a Baylor College of Medicine physician,” said Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean of Baylor. “We might not have our name on the building, but it’s our physicians who are providing the care.” People would be surprised to know that we have 3,500 physicians taking care of our community."

Because of these affiliations, Baylor reaches across all segments of the community – from the underserved to veterans.

Those affiliations also mean that Baylor’s trainees are part of the patient care team at these locations, which is why the Baylor education programs is are so strong. Our students and residents are well prepared for any hospital situation because of the level of experiences they have training at Baylor.

Baylor College of Medicine is fortunate to have some of the best hospitals as affiliated partners. In the case of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, the College jointly owns and governs the hospital.

"Our missions of educating the next generation of health professionals and scientists, creating new knowledge through leading research programs and providing better health to our community through our multiple clinics and hospital affiliates has contributed to vitality of our city," Klotman said. "We are proud to be part of what makes Houston great."

With our partners and through our outpatient clinics, Baylor physicians are responsible for about half of the patient visits in the Texas Medical Center.