Businessman, Monroe Dunaway Anderson, was thinking of good and beneficial ways to use his money to help mankind. With the support of his trustees and his interests in health and education, they came up with the idea that a great medical center should be built in Houston, next to Hermann Hospital. The idea was to have a medical center that consisted of many different hospitals, academic institutions and various support organizations. Land was made available without cost, to institutions so that they would come and build here. Seed money was also provided, and people from all over Texas were asked to help fund it.
Sixty years since that dream originated, it has been realized many times over. The 47 institutions of the Texas Medical Center each exist to serve all of mankind. On any given day, one can find people from every social circumstance and many of the world's nations seeking treatment at the center's renowned institutions.
Many TMC institutions are working to make the Texas Medical Center quality of care convenient to even more people by placing clinics, offices, and other facilities in neighborhoods throughout Houston and the surrounding communities, and even in other parts of Texas and the world.
In the Texas Medical Center, there is something to meet everybody's needs. Two trauma facilities are located in the center, as are institutions specializing in every imaginable aspect of health care, including care for children, cancer patients, heart care, organ transplantation, terminal illness, mental health, and wellness and prevention.
All 47 of institutions of the Texas Medical Center are not-for-profit, and are dedicated to the highest standards of patient care, research, and education. These institutions include 13 renowned hospitals and two specialty institutions, two medical schools, four nursing schools, and schools of dentistry, public health, pharmacy, and virtually all health-related careers. It is where one of the first, and still the largest, air ambulance service was created; a very successful inter-institutional transplant program was developed; and more heart surgeries are performed than anywhere else in the world.