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Susan Locke | author
Oct 01, 2014
Filed under Your Health

Everything is bigger in Texas

DR. SUSAN LOCKE writes that Houston’s Texas Medical Center is a true wonder . . .

Susan Locke

Susan Locke

Houston’s Texas Medical Center (TMC) shines as one of the largest medical centers in the world.

With the highest density of clinical facilities for patient care, basic science and translational research, TMC includes 54 medically related institutions: 14 hospitals, two specialty institutions, three medical schools, six nursing schools, plus many other schools for virtually all health-related careers.

If you’re living nearby, how do you know where to go? If you don’t live nearby, how to do you avail yourself of the highly skilled physicians there? Fortunately for Legates, Healthnetwork Foundation partners with four of the best medical institutions within TMC. One phone call to Healthnetwork will help you identify the right experts and provide you with the best access to Houston’s leading physicians.

Fixing broken hearts. From the smallest premature babies to octogenarians, heart care experts are abundant in Houston. For more than 50 years, Texas Children’s Hospital has excelled in pediatric cardiac care. They treat thousands of children with heart conditions, combining cutting-edge technology with compassion and a family-centered focus.

Houston Methodist Hospital excels in work with aneurysms, bypass surgery, cholesterol drug research, and robotic heart surgery. CHI St. Luke’s/Texas Heart Institute has ranked in the top 10 cardiology and heart surgery centers in the nation by the US News & World Report.

Magnet designation. Great medical care extends beyond the expert physicians in Houston. The nursing staff within each of Healthnetwork’s partner hospitals in Houston has been awarded the Magnet designation: Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and CHI St. Luke’s / Texas Heart Institute.

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Developed by ANCC, Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide.

healthnetTransplants welcome. Houston has become a destination for complicated surgeries and transplants. Houston Methodist is recognized as the only institution in the area that transplants all solid organs. CHI St. Luke’s and Texas Heart perform more cardiovascular procedures than anywhere in the world. Additionally St. Luke’s gastroenterology and general surgeons are internationally recognized for their performance of complex procedures. Texas Children’s has the most active pediatric transplant center in the nation and one of the most active in the world.

Making cancer history. Cancer is a frightening diagnosis, and having a strong team on your side is vital. MD Anderson is one of the largest cancer centers in the world. Many innovative cancer therapies become available at MD Anderson before they become standard in the community. With the lofty goal of making cancer history, their research focuses on a greater understanding of how cancers begin, how they respond to treatment and how to improve the quality of life for survivors.

Whether you need a heart surgeon in Houston, a chronic back pain specialist at Cedars-Sinai, or a meniscus repair at Mayo Clinic, Healthnetwork Foundation provides Legates and their spouses, children, and parents the best access to the right physicians. Our contact information is below!

SUSAN LOCKE, MD, is Healthnetwork Foundation’s medical director.

HEALTHNETWORK is a Legatus membership benefit, a healthcare “concierge service” that provides members and their families access to some of the most respected hospitals in the world. One Call Starts It All: (866) 968-2467 or (440) 893-0830. Email:


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