A Proud History of Caring

In 2014, Harris Health System celebrates 48 years of service to our community. From humble beginnings, we have come a very long way. Yet, as we continue to serve one of America’s fastest growing urban areas, our challenges are greater than ever.

With the recent implementation of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the numbers of uninsured residents in our community are changing, but how much and how rapidly remains uncertain.

As we move forward in this dynamic period of change, we are mindful of our rich tradition of caring for the community’s underserved that has brought us this far.

Harris Health System's historical highlights

2014
Harris Health System opens Bayland Geriatric Health Center in January.

2013
Harris Health opens Outpatient Center in October.

2013
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.

2013
Harris Health receives its third consecutive Most Wired Award from HH&N magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association.

2012
Harris Health opens the new Smith Clinic in September.

2012
Harris County Hospital District officially transitions to new business name Harris Health System.

2012
Harris Health receives its second consecutive Most Wired Hospitals Award from HH&N magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association.

2012
Harris Health opens the new Cypress Health Center in July.

2012
Harris Health opens the new Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center - Bear Creek in April.

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

2011
Harris Health opens the Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center in Pasadena, Texas on June 27 .

2011
Lester and Sue Smith Foundation donate $15 million for new Cancer Treatment Clinic, the hospital district's single largest private gift.

2011
Harris Health dedicates the new Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital Emergency Center.

2010
June 18, Harris Health opens state-of-the-art outpatient rehabilitation center at Quentin Mease Community Hospital.

2010
Harris Health opens Goose Creek Health Clinic, its ninth school-based clinic.

2010
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 Community Hospital.

2009
Harris Health opens the El Franco Lee Health Center in far west Houston on May 15. It is the district’s 13th health center.

2008
Harris Health dedicates the new Riverside Dialysis Center.

2006
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.

2006
The Ginni and Richard Mithoff Trauma Center is dedicated at Ben Taub Hospital.

2005
Harris Health establishes Astrodome Health Center to serve the medical needs of nearly 25,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

2005
Harris Health wins prestigious TMF Health Quality Institute’s Award of Excellence

2005
April 20, Harris Health introduces ServiceFIRST initiative to improve customer and patient satisfaction.

2004
Harris Health's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program achieves CARF accreditation, certifying it among the nation’s elite rehabilitation programs.

2001
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.

2001
June 9, Ben Taub and LBJ Hospitals accept dozens of patients from other community hospitals flooded during Tropical Storm Allison.

1997
Harris Health launches mobile health program with HCHD Foundation’s donation of TroubleShooters immunization van.

1996
Lyndon. B. Johnson becomes first hospital in Texas to receive Level III trauma designation.

1995
Harris Health is again named to “Top 100 Hospitals” list by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

1994
Harris Health is named one of the nation’s “Top 100 Hospitals” by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

1994
Harris Health opens first school-based clinic at Jackson Middle School.

1990
LBJ Emergency Center and operating suites open July 1, receiving the first medical emergency at 7:01 a.m.

1990
The new Ben Taub Hospital opens next to the original facility in the heart of the Texas Medical Center on Jan. 12.

1989
June 2, LBJ Hospital opens; June 3, Jefferson Davis Hospital closes.

1989
Thomas Street Health Center opens May 22 as nation’s first freestanding HIV/AIDS treatment facility.

1989
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.

1987
The Board of Managers increases to nine members, improving its diversity.

1986
Harris Health establishes Health Care for the Homeless Program.

1984
Ben Taub Anesthesiology Service installs advanced, computerized system for anesthetic and respiratory analysis.

1983
Quentin Mease Community Hospital, named for district’s long-time board chairman, opens on N. MacGregor Drive, offering geriatric and long-term rehabilitation services.

1982
April 28, E. A. “Squatty” Lyons Health Center opens in Humble.

1982
Jefferson Davis becomes the first public hospital in the nation to have nurse midwives provide obstetrical care to women with uncomplicated pregnancies.

1980
Harris Health Dental Center opens Feb. 12.

1979
Ben Taub becomes the first hospital to obtain a CT scanner for the evaluation of head injuries.

1979
The Winifred Wallace Maternity Center at Jefferson Davis Hospital is completed, accommodating more than 14,000 births annually.

1977
Oct. 31, Strawberry Health Center opens in Pasadena.

1975
Ben Taub Emergency Center institutes a new method of recovering and returning a patient’s blood.

1975
Ben Taub Hospital institutes cutting-edge automation for the storage and retrieval of laboratory data.

1974
Nov. 5, West End Health Center opens (later becomes Northwest Health Center).

1973
Dr. Carlos Vallbona enlists district’s Community Health Centers to instruct new physicians in providing health care outside of hospital settings

1973
Jan. 2, Ripley Health Center opens.

1972
April 28, Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center opens.

1971
May 17, Acres Home Health Center opens.

1970
Aug. 21, Casa De Amigos Health Center opens in near North Houston.

1969
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.

1967
Feb. 14, Baytown Health Center opens in East Harris County.

1967
Jan. 28, Settegast Health Center opens in Northeast Houston to launch the Community Health Program, an innovative neighborhood-based primary care initiative.

1966
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.

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

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