From the past, rich in innovation and “firsts,” comes an even healthier tomorrow.

  • 1969

    Ben Taub’s Dr. George Jordan is the first to use the “Jordan Maneuver,” allowing wounds to heal faster with fewer complications.

  • 1979

    Ben Taub is the first hospital to obtain a CT scanner to evaluate head injuries.

  • 1984

    Ben Taub installs advanced systems for anesthetic and respiratory analysis.

  • 1989

    The Thomas Street Health Center is the nation’s first freestanding HIV/AIDS treatment facility.

  • 1996

    LBJ becomes the first hospital in Texas to receive Level III trauma designation.

  • 2018

    LBJ Hospital is among the first to offer robotic da Vinci surgeries that improve safety and reduce recovery time.

  • 2020

    Harris Health offers virtual services to patients.

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  • 1965

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

  • 1972

    Harris Health opens the Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center.

  • 1989

    June 2, LBJ Hospital opens.

  • 1990

    The new Ben Taub Hospital opens and becomes one of only two Level 1 trauma centers in the area.

  • 2001

    NASA astronauts train at LBJ Hospital in preparation for their journey into space. Ben Taub and LBJ Hospitals accept patients from other hospitals during Tropical Storm Allison.

  • 2005

    Harris Health establishes Astrodome Health Center to serve the medical needs of Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

  • 2018

    LBJ Hospital creates Community Farm to combat food insecurity.

  • 2020

    Ben Taub and LBJ hospitals receive Magnet® designation for nursing excellence from the American Nurse Credentialing Center.

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