Texas Medical Center in Houston
Life is full of unexpected circumstances and when the unexpected happens, having accessible resources at your disposal is so important. Houston may be known for its big businesses and rich culture, but did you know that it is home to the world’s largest medical center? The center contains 54 medicine-related institutions, including 21 hospitals, 8 specialty institutions, 8 academic and research institutions, 3 medical schools, 6 nursing schools, and schools of dentistry, public health, pharmacy, and more.
The Texas Medical Center was established in 1945 with funds endowed to the M.D. Anderson Foundation by businessman Monroe Dunaway Anderson. Anderson funded the foundation with $300,000, and left an additional $19 million in his estate, making the M.D. Anderson Foundation the largest charitable fund ever created in the state of Texas. The center since then has undergone many changes and expansions and is completely not for profit. In over 50 years the Texas Medical Center has achieved national and international recognition in education, research, and patient care, especially in the fields of heart disease, cancer, and rehabilitation.
From 2000 to 2004, the Texas Medical Center has committed $3.5 billion to research grants, maintains more than 43 member institutions and saw over 5.2 million patient visits in 2004 alone. In 2011, the center employed over 106,000 people, including 20,000 physicians, scientists, researchers and other advanced degree professionals involved in the life sciences field. The UT Research Park, a joint venture between The University of Texas M.D. Anderson and the UT Health Science Center when fully developed will contain up to 2 million square feet of research, lab, office and support space for private companies and not-for-profit research institutions. Baylor College of Medicine, located in the Texas Medical Center, is home to the Human Genome Sequencing Center, one of only 5 in the nation.
According to their website, “The Texas Medical Center Corporation was formed and exists today exclusively for benevolent, charitable, and educational purposes to form the foundation and continuing support for a “City of Medicine.” Since its inception in 1945, the Texas Medical Center Corporation has sought to attract not-for-profit or government, academically oriented institutions dedicated to medical care, health care, education, innovation, and research.”
Whether looking to study, research, treat, or be treated, the Texas Medical Center’s size and reputation alone ensures the best possible environment for health and wellness.