St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital Ranked Among Nation’s Best Hospitals in Five Specialties

Texas Heart® Institute at St. Luke’s #4 in Heart & Heart Surgery

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In its annual survey of “America’s Best Hospitals,” U.S. News & World Report has ranked St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital (SLEH) among the elite healthcare institutions in the nation in five major areas of care. This includes the Texas Heart® Institute (THI) at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, listed in the top ten nationally in heart and heart surgery for the 20th consecutive year.

“We are more than gratified by the ranking and the consistent excellence it represents,” said James T. Willerson, MD, THI president and medical director. “It reflects two decades of dedication and hard work by our doctors, scientists, nurses and other staff. We also are grateful to the governing boards of THI and St. Luke’s and our supporters. Most of all, this reflects the life-saving and life-changing advances we have been able to put forward in the battle to cure heart and vascular disease.”

Moving up one spot from last year’s ranking of fifth in the nation, the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital is the only heart center in Houston and the Southwest to be listed among the top ten in its category by the magazine. St. Luke’s also placed among the nation’s leading hospitals in Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Kidney Disorders and Urology.

“Every day, St. Luke’s delivers Faithful, Loving Care® to our patients and their families,” said Margaret M. Van Bree, DrPH, senior vice president, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, and CEO, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. “This national honor acknowledges our dedication to a culture of clinical excellence, which translates into outstanding accomplishments in patient care.”

The annual rankings, determined through criteria such as surgical volume, ratio of registered nurses to beds, number of medical and surgical discharges and recognition by peers, are designed to assist people in seeking the highest level of skill in diagnosing, treating or managing difficult medical conditions. U.S.News evaluated data from 4,852 hospitals, of which only 152 met the standard of being among the best in one or more specialties. The magazine evaluated data, engaged in physician surveys and considered patient outcomes, then recognized the 50 top-scoring hospitals in each category it reviewed.

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The Texas Heart Institute (, 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. Together with its clinical partner, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, it has been ranked among the top ten cardiovascular centers in the United States by U.S. News & World Report’s annual guide to “America’s Best Hospitals” for the past 20 years. 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.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System ( includes St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, founded in 1954 by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas; St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital; St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital; St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital; and St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities, a charity devoted to assessing and enhancing community health, especially among the underserved. St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital is home to the Texas Heart® Institute, which was founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD, and is consistently ranked among the top 10 cardiology and heart surgery centers in the country by U.S.News & World Report. Affiliated with several nursing schools and three medical schools, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital was the first hospital in Texas named a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, receiving the award three times.


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