CHI St. Luke’s Health, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) & Texas Heart Institute (THI) Collaboration: About the Organizations

06/01/13 Press Release

About Catholic Health Initiatives

Catholic Health Initiatives ( is a nonprofit, faith-based health system which was formed in 1996 through the consolidation of four Catholic health systems. Its mission is to create and nurture healthy communities in the hundreds of sites across the nation where it provides care. One of the nation’s largest health systems, Englewood, Colo.-based CHI operates in 18 states and comprises 87 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals and 24 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; and other facilities that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. In fiscal year 2013, CHI provided $762 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research.

  • Total number of hospitals: 87
  • Total number of licensed beds: 13,008
  • Total number of employees: 90,500
  • Employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians: 3,000
  • Number of physician practice locations: approximately 500
  • Annual operating revenue: $10.7 billion
  • Total assets: $19.3 billion
  • Community benefit and charity care: $762 million
  • Total number of annual acute-care admissions: 410,598
  • Total number of acute inpatient days: 1.9 million
  • Total number of emergency visits: 1.47 million
  • Total number of physician office visits: 7.7 million


CHI St. Luke’s Health, formerly, St. Luke’s Health System (, includes: St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center; St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital; St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital; St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital; St. Luke’s Patients Medical Center; and St. Luke’s Hospital at The Vintage. St. Luke’s is home to the Texas Heart® Institute, which was founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD. Affiliated with several nursing schools and three medical schools, St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center was the first hospital in Texas named a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence, receiving the award three times. St. Luke’s is a member of Catholic Health Initiatives. Catholic Health Initiatives℠ (CHI) is a national nonprofit health system headquartered in Englewood, Colo.

  • Total number of hospitals: 6
  • Total number of licensed beds: 1,301
  • Total number of employees: 7,178
  • Total number of active medical staff members: 1,388
  • Average daily census: 4,648
  • Number of annual adult admissions: 45,825
  • Total number of emergency department visits: 124,008


The Texas Heart Institute (, founded by world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Denton A. Cooley 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. 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.

  • Total number of professional staff: 200
  • Total number of heart operations: over 120,000
  • Total number of cardiac catheterizations: 260,000
  • Total number of heart transplants: 1,270
  • Total number of ventricular assist device implants: 1,000
  • History of firsts: First heart transplant in the United States in 1968; the world’s first implantation of a total artificial heart in 1969; the first implantation of a battery-powered left ventricular assist device in 1991; first in the world to use adult stem cells to treat patients with severe heart failure in 2000
  • U.S. News & World Report’s annual guide to “America’s Best Hospitals”: ranked among top 10 for the past 23 years


Baylor College of Medicine ( in Houston is recognized as a premier academic health science center and is known for excellence in education, research and patient care. It is the only private medical school in the greater southwest and is ranked as one of the top 20 medical schools for research in the country and number one in Texas by U.S. News & World Report. BCM is listed 17th among all U.S. medical schools for National Institutes of Health funding, and No. 2 in the nation in federal funding for research and development in the biological sciences at universities and colleges by the National Science Foundation. Located in the Texas Medical Center, BCM has primary affiliations with seven teaching hospitals. Currently, BCM trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia, and physician assistant students, as well as residents and post-doctoral fellows.

  • U.S. News & World Report Medical School Ranking (research): 18th
  • U.S. News & World Report Medical School Ranking (primary care): 24th
  • Hispanic Business Magazine “Best Medical Schools for Hispanic Students” Ranking: 2nd
  • NIH research ranking: 19th
  • NIH funding: $178.2 million
  • Total research funding: $356.3 million
  • Cancer designation: NCI-Designated Cancer Center
  • Annual budget: $1.4 billion
  • Schools: Medical School, Graduate School, School of Allied Health Sciences, & National School for Tropical Medicine
  • Total number of trainees: 1,525
  • Total number of medical residents & postdoctoral fellows: 1,919
  • Total number of faculty members: 2,523
  • Total number of staff members: 4,151
  • Primary Affiliated Teaching Hospitals: Texas Children’s Hospital, DeBakey VA Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital, Menninger Clinic, CHI St. Luke’s Health/Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Memorial Hermann TIRR and Children’s Hospital of San Antonio
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Michael Romano
National Director, Media Relations
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