St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System (SLEHS) has a unique commitment to patient care. As a faith-based, non-profit organization, St. Luke's believes that true healing involves the body, mind and spirit. It has been providing Faithful, Loving Care® to Houstonians for almost five decades from its location in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical campus in the world. Founded in 1954 by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, today SLEHS is a comprehensive health system that contributes to enhancing community health by delivering superior value in high-quality, cost effective care for Houston’s diverse community. The system is anchored by the 718-bed St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital (SLEH), located on the Texas Medical Center campus and has grown to include St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital; St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital; St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital; St. Luke's Hospital at The Vintage; St. Luke's Patients Medical Center; St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities, a charity devoted to assessing and enhancing community health, especially among the underserved.
In addition to being ranked among the nation’s top ten heart centers, St. Luke’s is recognized for expertise in such specialties as kidney disorders, urology, neurosurgery, and diabetes and endocrine disorders. Each year, SLEH cares for approximately 31,000 inpatients and over 205,000 outpatients with the SLEHS system supported as a whole by more than 6,000 full time employees, 2,000 of which are registered nurses providing direct patient care. Affiliated with several nursing schools and two medical schools, SLEH was the first hospital in Texas named a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence. A 2008 study of 88 major academic medical centers from across the country has placed St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital second in the nation based on high performance in quality and safety as measured by the University HealthSystem Consortium. In 2009, for the second year in a row, SLEH earned HealthGrades’ Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence as one of the top 5% of hospitals in the country. SLEHS’ attention to patient care is complimented by excellent employee and physician engagement, which has grown consecutively for the past three years. This kind of success as well as FY 2008 total system net revenue of $1.21 billion, has positioned SLEHS for the opportunity to continue its growth. Recent highlights include:
- St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital opened 60 new beds in 2008
- Three Community Emergency Centers were opened in 2008/2009
- A joint venture with MD Anderson Cancer Center, the nation’s top ranked cancer hospital, is expanding at two locations in 2009.
- A joint venture with Texas Children’s Hospital, rated 10th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, is growing at two locations in 2009.
- 2009 SLEHS management of community physician joint ventures, including two general acute care hospitals, one specialty hospital, and a GI Laboratory and a Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory demonstrate innovation in a challenging economic time.