Our History

In December 1991, our International Patient Center was created as part of Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, home of Texas Heart® Institute, to meet the increasing health needs of our international patients that up to this day continue visiting our hospital for medical advice and referring friends and relatives to our prestigious institutions.

For decades, international patients from around the world have sought Baylor St. Luke's Medicial Center for its expertise in health and medical matters because here they find the medical and surgical expertise they require in a warm and healing environment.

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center was the first hospital in Texas named a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, and has been honored four times with the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ by HealthGrades, a leading independent company that measures healthcare quality in hospitals. Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center has been recognized by FORTUNE as among the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and by the Houston Business Journal as a top employer in Houston. Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center also was honored as one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work.”

The Texas Heart® Institute (THI) founded by world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon Denton A. Cooley, MD, in 1962, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastating toll of cardiovascular disease through innovative and progressive programs in research, education and improved patient care. U.S. News & World Report has consistently recognized THI at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center as a top center for Cardiology & Heart Surgery. The Texas Heart® Institute is also affiliated with the University of Texas (UT) System, which promotes collaboration in cardiovascular research and education among UT and THI faculty at the Texas Heart® Institute and other UT components.