July 16, 2013
Dear Friend of the Texas Heart Institute,
It gives me
great pleasure to share with you the news that the Texas Heart Institute (THI) has
been ranked among the nation's top 10 heart centers for the 23rd consecutive
year by U.S. News & World Report in
its annual rankings of America's Best Hospitals.
This kind of
excellence with this kind of consistency, over almost a quarter-century is a
true testament to the physicians, scientists and staff who remain so committed
to THI's mission of advancing research, education and treatment of
cardiovascular disease, with the ultimate goal of finding a cure.
A. Cooley, who as you know founded THI more than 50 years ago with this mission
in mind, also takes great pride in this record of accomplishment and service to
ranked, along with our clinical partner, St. Luke's Hospital, No. 10 this year.
Incidentally, that also means we are the very best in Houston and in Texas.
To see us ranked
in the top 10 amid much larger traditional institutions is some of the best
evidence of our vigorous efforts to advance research, education and improved
patient care. We are a proud David in a league of Goliaths, competing against heart
centers that have much higher revenues and huge endowments compared to ours. As
you know, THI receives no patient revenues and relies on research grants and,
to a much larger extent, on philanthropy.
Let me give
you some additional perspective.
The U.S. News Cardiology & Heart Surgery
category is made up of 720 hospitals. All are experienced in treating difficult
cases — a hospital is listed only if at least 1,321 inpatients in need of a
high level of expertise in this specialty were treated there in 2009, 2010 and
rankings and reports, U.S. News &
looks at how well centers do in complex and demanding
situations. The recognized centers fit a certain mold. They are often referral
centers because their physicians see sicker patients and do higher volumes of
difficult procedures. They follow and often propose advanced treatment
guidelines. They conduct research that migrates from the labs and computer
databases to the bedside. And they take advantage of improvements in imaging,
surgical devices and other technologies.
I want to
say a very proud personal thank you to everyone – doctors, scientists, staff
members and, of course, our many generous supporters – who helped us reach this
remind us all that the true meaning of these rankings is the number of lives
we've saved and changed for the better over these last 23 years. That hard work
and dedication to the mission continue even as we pause to celebrate this
year's ranking news.
disease never rests, and neither will we.
information about the rankings, visit U.S.
News & World Report online at
With my respect and gratitude,
James T. Willerson, MD
President and Medical Director
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