Skip to main content
Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Sign In
Breadcrumb Links
Skip Navigation LinksHarris Health About Us Who We Are Harris Health History

Harris Health History

Harris Health System's historical highlights


Harris Health adds three new mobile outreach units to its homeless program’s fleet.

Harris Health launches Hospital at Home Program.

Voters of Harris County overwhelmingly approved an historic $2.5 billion bond proposal that will allow for the creation of Harris Health’s second Level I trauma center, as well as the renovation and expansion of services, capacity and capability across Ambulatory Care Services, Ben Taub and LBJ hospitals' campuses.

Harris Health hosted its fourth annual Pink Out.

Harris Health Ben Taub Hospital celebrates finished major ER renovations.

Harris Health launches “We Live This” campaign.

Harris Health Resumes Trauma Survivor Event after COVID.

Ben Taub Hospital Celebrates 60th Birthday.

Harris Health System rolled out a brand new 45-foot mammography mobile unit with the goal of screening about 6,000 women a year for breast cancer.


Harris Health is featured on the television show, The Recruit.

El Franco Lee Health Center opens up mega COVID-19 vaccine site.

Harris Health vaccinates its first staff members against COVID-19.

Harris Health starts offering virtual services to patients.

Harris Health’s COVID-19 research contributes to worldwide advances.

Harris Health System’s Board of Managers approved the naming of Ben Taub Hospital’s second floor surgical suite after Dr. Kenneth L. Mattox.

Food Farmacy opens at Acres Home Health Center.

Dr. Esmaeil Porsa becomes Chief Executive Officer.

Ben Taub Hospital unveils new surgical environment, completing a$70 million project to expand operative capacity.

Ben Taub Hospital Opens new blood bank.

LBJ Hospital offers robotic da vinci surgeries, allowing surgeons to use robotics to assist them in performing minimally invasive surgeries that may reduce recovery time and improve safety.

LBJ Hospital creates Community Farm to help combat food insecurity, teach patients and community members about healthy produce and give them the skills to grow their own food.

Harris Health expands end-of-life services by offering hospice care.

Harris Health opens Ben Taub Tower, which houses 20 specialty clinics on three floors and can accommodate nearly 80,000 patient visits a year.

Harris Health opens C.E. Odom Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center on June 13.

Ben Taub Hospital Earns Coveted International Baby-Friendly Designation.

Harris Health System opens Long Branch Health Center on February 16, later closed in 2017.

Harris Health System opens Sunset Heights Clinic on February 2.

Harris Health System opens Danny Jackson Health Center on January 20.

Harris Health System opens Ben Taub Clinic on January 5.

Harris Health opens Monroe Clinic on December 15.

Harris Health opens Robindell Clinic on November 24.

Harris Health System opens Margo Hilliard Alford Clinic on September 26.

The Ambulatory Surgical Center opens on July 29.

Harris Health System opens Sareen Clinic, the first same day clinic, on January 24.

Harris Health System opens Bayland Geriatric Health Center on January 15.

Harris Health opens Outpatient Center on October 21.

Harris Health honors Dr. Carlos Vallbona with naming of Vallbona Health Center (formerly People's). Dr. Carlos Vallbona helped found the system's community health program in 1967.

Harris Health receives its third consecutive Most Wired Award from HH&N magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association.

Harris Health opens the new Smith Clinic in September.

Harris County Hospital District officially transitions to new business name Harris Health System.

Harris Health receives its second consecutive Most Wired Hospitals Award from HH&N magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association.

Harris Health opens the new Cypress Health Center in July.

Harris Health opens the new Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center - Bear Creek in April.

Harris Health receives the 2011 Most Wired Hospitals Award from HH&N magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association.

Harris Health opens the Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center in Pasadena, Texas on June 27.

Lester and Sue Smith Foundation donate $15 million for new Cancer Treatment Clinic, Harris Health's single largest private gift.

Harris Health dedicates the new Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital Emergency Center.

June 18, Harris Health opens state-of-the-art outpatient rehabilitation center at Quentin Mease Hospital.

Harris Health opens Southeast Eligibility Center.

Harris Health opens Goose Creek Health Clinic, its ninth school-based clinic.

Harris Health opens the new Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center in south Houston on May 14, replacing the temporary facility located inside Quentin Mease Hospital.

Harris Health opens the El Franco Lee Health Center in far west Houston on May 15. It is the Harris Health's 13th health center.

Harris Health opens Lois J. Moore Eligibility Center.

Harris Health dedicates the new Riverside Dialysis Center.

Harris Health announces plans to add two new community health centers, a dialysis center, a radiation therapy center, and new outpatient diagnostic clinics to better meet the community’s growing needs.

The Ginni and Richard Mithoff Trauma Center is dedicated at Ben Taub Hospital.

Harris Health opens Sheldon Health Clinic and Robert Carrasco Health Clinic.

Harris Health establishes Astrodome Health Center to serve the medical needs of nearly 25,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

Harris Health wins prestigious TMF Health Quality Institute’s Award of Excellence

April 20, Harris Health introduces ServiceFIRST initiative to improve customer and patient satisfaction.

Harris Health's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program achieves CARF accreditation, certifying it among the nation’s elite rehabilitation programs.

Harris Health opens the Dental Center, Southside Clinic and Squatty Lyons Health Center.

Harris Health opens East Mount Houston Eligibility Center.

July, NASA astronauts came to LBJ Hospital to learn about proper airway management and endotracheal intubation as part of their medical training for the journey into space.

June 9, Ben Taub and LBJ Hospitals accept dozens of patients from other community hospitals flooded during Tropical Storm Allison.


Gulfgate Health Center opens at its new location.

Harris Health opens Almatha Clark Taylor Health Clinic.

Harris Health launches mobile health program with HCHD Foundation’s donation of TroubleShooters immunization van.

Harris Health opens Strawberry Health Center and Aldine Health Center.

Lyndon B. Johnson becomes first hospital in Texas to receive Level III trauma designation.

Harris Health is again named to “Top 100 Hospitals” list by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

Harris Health opens Vallbona Health Center (under the name of People's Health Center).

Harris Health Ben Taub Hospital was verified by American College of Surgeons as a Level I Trauma Center on Dec. 1, 1995. 

Harris Health is named one of the nation’s “Top 100 Hospitals” by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

Harris Health opens first school-based clinic at Jackson Middle School.

LBJ Emergency Center and operating suites open July 1, receiving the first medical emergency at 7:01 a.m.

The new Ben Taub Hospital opens next to the original facility in the heart of the Texas Medical Center on Jan. 12.

June 2, LBJ Hospital opens; June 3, Jefferson Davis Hospital closes.

Thomas Street Health Center opens May 22 as nation’s first freestanding HIV/AIDS treatment facility.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School affiliates with Harris Health to provide medical staff to LBJ Hospital and some of its community health centers.

The Board of Managers increases to nine members, improving its diversity.

Harris Health establishes Healthcare for the Homeless Program.

Ben Taub Anesthesiology Service installs advanced, computerized system for anesthetic and respiratory analysis.

Quentin Mease Hospital, named for long-time board chairman, opens on N. MacGregor Drive, offering geriatric and long-term rehabilitation services.

April 28, Squatty Lyons Health Center opens in Humble.

Jefferson Davis becomes the first public hospital in the nation to have nurse midwives provide obstetrical care to women with uncomplicated pregnancies.

Harris Health Dental Center opens Feb. 12.

Ben Taub becomes the first hospital to obtain a CT scanner for the evaluation of head injuries.

The Winifred Wallace Maternity Center at Jefferson Davis Hospital is completed, accommodating more than 14,000 births annually.

Oct. 31, Strawberry Health Center opens in Pasadena.

Ben Taub Emergency Center institutes a new method of recovering and returning a patient’s blood.

Ben Taub Hospital institutes cutting-edge automation for the storage and retrieval of laboratory data.

Nov. 5, West End Health Center opens (later becomes Northwest Health Center).

Harris Health opens Ripley Health Center, which became Gulfgate Health Center.

Dr. Carlos Vallbona enlists district’s Community Health Centers to instruct new physicians in providing health care outside of hospital settings.

Jan. 2, Ripley Health Center opens.

April 28, Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center opens.

May 17, Acres Home Health Center opens.

Aug. 21, Casa De Amigos Health Center opens in near North Houston.

Ben Taub’s Dr. George L. Jordan first uses the “Jordan Maneuver” to repair injuries to the duodenum, allowing wounds to heal faster and with fewer complications.

Feb. 14, Baytown Health Center opens in East Harris County.

Jan. 28, Settegast Health Center opens in Northeast Houston to launch the Community Health Program, an innovative neighborhood-based primary care initiative.

Jan. 1, 1966, the Harris County Hospital District formally came into being as a political subdivision with taxing authority and assumes ownership of city-county hospitals Jefferson Davis and Ben Taub.

The Harris County Hospital District was created by voter referendum in November 1965.

Annual Report 2014
Harris Health 2011 - 2015 Strategic Plan
Annual Report 2009
Annual Report 2008
Annual Report 2007
Annual Report 2006