Ben Taub Hospital
Ben Taub Hospital is a 550-bed public hospital adjacent to Baylor College of Medicine, opened in 1990 and staffed entirely by Baylor physicians. The patient population is diverse, presenting a broad spectrum of acute and chronic cardiovascular problems.
The Cardiology Service operates an 8-bed Coronary Care Unit and participates in 16 MICU beds. The Invasive Laboratory performed over 1,600 catheterizations in 2004 with 1,200 diagnostic angiograms and 400 angioplasties. The lab is fully equipped for cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, computerized electrophysiology studies, pacemaker and transvenous defibrillator insertion, alcohol septal ablation, ASD closure, and valvuloplasty. The Noninvasive Laboratory, equipped for 2-D, transesophageal, and Doppler echocardiography, performed more than 9,000 procedures in 2004. Thallium stress tests and gated wall motion studies are performed routinely.
The Cardiology Consultation Service sees an exceptional variety of cardiovascular disorders. Due to the large population from developing countries, adult congenital heart disease, rheumatic valvular disease, and unusual cardiomyopathies are encountered frequently. Outpatient experience is provided with general Cardiology clinic weekly. In addition, a high-risk OB and Congenital Heart Clinic is operated for cardiac problems during pregnancy and the post-partum period.
Michael E. Debakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Located on a 118-acre campus and built in 1991, MEDVAMC is a state-of-the-art facility with 386 hospital beds, a 40-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center, and a 120-bed transitional care unit for long-term care. An automated, computer-controlled transport system delivers food, laundry, and supplies throughout the building. The six-story granite building is designed with four exterior sections and four atriums that contain patio gardens, wheelchair basketball courts, and a rehabilitation pool.
Nearly 3,500 health care professionals provide high-quality care to our Veterans. For more than 50 years, the MEDVAMC has provided clinical training for health care professionals through our major affiliate, Baylor College of Medicine.
MEDVAMC now operates the largest VA residency program with more than 251 slots. Each academic year, more than 1,972 students are trained through 144 affiliation agreements with institutions of higher learning in 19 states. Health care students from fields such as nursing, dietetics, social work, physical therapy, and a wide variety of medical specialties receive training here each year. This responsibility serves to enhance the quality of care provided to our Veterans. As a member institution of the Texas Medical Center since 1985, the MEDVAMC staff serves on various TMC oversight committees that contribute to improved patient care and hospital operations. The vast majority of MEDVAMC physicians are also faculty members of Baylor College of Medicine.
Research & Development
Supported with more than $16 million annually, research conducted by MEDVAMC staff ensures Veterans access to cutting-edge medical and health care technology. With 729 active research projects, the MEDVAMC Research & Development (R&D) Program is an integral part of the medical center’s mission and plays a very important role in the health care Veterans receive.
Please consult the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC web site for further information.
Quentin Mease Community Hospital
Quentin Mease Community Hospital is a 49-bed hospital located five miles east of the Texas Medical Center. The hospital is comprised of a CARF-accredited 25-bed physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) program and a 24-bed geriatric program.
The Quentin Mease PM&R and geriatric programs are staffed by a dedicated team of physicians, nurses, social workers and other health professionals focused on providing patients exceptional care. While the underlying treatment goal for all patients is to restore the functional capabilities and skills required to sustain independent living within the community, each patient's specific goals and needs are incorporated into the design of their own customized treatment plan.
The hospital's medical staff is credentialed faculty and residents of Baylor College of Medicine.
Quentin Mease Community Hospital also houses the Martin Luther King Health Center, a community primary care facility. In 2009, MLK Health Center will relocate to a new, larger facility off Cullen Boulevard. This move will mean that Quentin Mease will be able to utilize this valuable space for the care and treatment of its patients.