Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Texas Medical Center provide tours of the campus?
For tours of a specific Texas Medical Center member institution, contact the visitor relations department of the desired institution. For a complete list of member institutions, click here. Please note, most institutions require at least two weeks to a month notice. Texas Medical Center also partners with the Houston Greeters for walking tours of the Texas Medical Center. For more information, visit www.houstongreeters.org. More information about visiting Houston and the Texas Medical Center is available at www.visithoustontexas.com.
Can I take pictures in the Texas Medical Center?
Permission must be granted in writing to photograph the interior of the facilities. No pictures may be taken of patients or staff without the written consent. Pictures may be taken outdoors.
What hotels are in the area?
Many hotels located near the Texas Medical Center offer reduced rates to families of patients staying in Texas Medical Center hospitals. Ronald McDonald House offers a home away from home for families of children undergoing treatment for cancer and other serious illnesses. The Fisher House offers free housing to the families of veterans undergoing treatment at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Patients obtaining treatment at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center should contact the Jesse H. Jones Rotary House International at toll-free 1-800-847-5783. Otherwise, visit www.visithoustontexas.com for lodging information.
Can you help me find a doctor?
The Harris County Medical Society is a member institution of the Texas Medical Center and can assist with locating a physician. Please call (713) 942-7050 or visit www.hcms.org for more information.
I heard Texas Medical Center offers the latest, cutting-edge medical care and research. How can I find out more?
I am looking for a particular hospital. Can you help me?
Considered the largest medical center in the world, the Texas Medical Center includes 21 renowned hospitals with seven acute care, six pediatric care, and eight specialty care facilities; three public health organizations; two universities; three medical schools; six nursing programs; two pharmacy schools; a dental school; eight academic and research institutions; and 13 support organizations. Click here for a complete list of Texas Medical Center institutions and more specific information.
Do you have interpreters that speak my language?
Health care organizations face challenges to accommodate increasingly diverse patient populations – more than 28 million people with hearing loss and about 47 million people who speak a language other than English. Language access remains a matter of national importance. Effective communication is a critical aspect of safe, quality patient care. In order to better care for patients, the majority of hospitals have a wide variety of language services available. Interpreters are also available at George W. Bush Intercontinental Airport in the International Medical Visitor Service Center. Visit www.globalhouston.org/globalhou/Diplomacy.asp for the Houston Consular Corps for more assistance.
How do I get directions to the Texas Medical Center from one of the Houston airports?
Click here for maps of the area.
Doesn’t Texas Medical Center control all the hospitals in Houston?
The Texas Medical Center Corporation was formed and exists today exclusively for benevolent, charitable, and educational purposes to form the foundation and continuing support for a “City of Medicine.” Since its inception in 1945, the Texas Medical Center Corporation has sought to attract not-for-profit or government, academically oriented institutions dedicated to medical care, health care, education, innovation, and research. The Texas Medical Center Corporation acts as a “municipal government,” enforcing covenants and restrictions, and coordinating activities among member institutions. It serves as a moderator of campus-wide issues and concerns through 21 advisory councils comprised of representatives from member institutions; oversees emergency preparedness planning; and is responsible for land management, real estate, and master planning for long-term growth and development. For more information about Texas Medical Center, click here.
Where can I find Texas Medical Center's public documents?
You may find Texas Medical Center's public documents on the Guidestar website.