Healthcare industry in the Lone Star State
While some may not know that Texas is a major player in global healthcare, the state is increasingly recognized as a vital player in the industry. When names like MD Anderson Cancer Center or Baylor College of Medicine are mentioned, people know exactly what they are talking about; and very often they do not realize that these organizations were born here.
The Lone Star is a true pioneer in health. Some of the most innovative heart surgeries and the way they are performed today are largely due to local work.
Nationally, the industry drives 18 percent of the total economy, and it’s that big in Texas. New and existing companies are coming to the state in hopes of being part of this great industry, as the Star is home to the largest medical city in the world.
Additionally, the life sciences sector has generated a significant economic impact in Texas, with an estimated $ 32.1 billion, 135,000 jobs, and $ 3.1 billion in payroll.
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The Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston is the largest medical center in the world, with 106,000 employees housed in a complex of more than 525 hectares comprised of 21 hospitals, 13 support organizations, eight academic and research institutions, six programs of nursing, three public health organizations, three medical schools, two universities, two pharmacy schools, and a dental school. Its members include Baylor College of Medicine, UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC), UT Health Science Center, The University of Houston (UH), Rice University, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, The Methodist Hospital, and Texas Children’s Hospital.
At the end of 2014, the TMC Accelerator (TMCX) began operations in a former 9,000-square-meter factory, becoming the largest incubator in the country. TMCX offers startups access to medical center facilities and resources and works to transform scientific innovations into companies that can save lives, manage disease, and improve quality of life.
TMC opened the TMCX + next to the TMCX in April 2015. A two thousand two hundred square meter space dedicated to mentoring and offers more workspace to companies in the industry.
UT Rio Grande Valley (RGV) began construction of its new medical school in August 2014 and will open its doors in the fall of 2016. The facilities will include a medical complex of more than 1,300 square meters, an anatomy and histology laboratory virtual and an interactive and personalized learning platform. Thanks to its location on the US-Mexico border, the school seeks to increase the number of foreign students practicing medicine in Texas.
The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston was established in 1891, making it the oldest medical school in the UT system. UTMB has developed an infectious disease research program with several facilities dedicated to that field.
The Southwestern Medical District (SMD) in Dallas is a 158-acre complex that is home to world-class biomedical research organizations. Its members include University Hospital-St. Paul, University Hospital-Zale Lipshy, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, and Parkland Health & Hospital System.
The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) at San Antonio Cancer Center is one of four medical schools in the UT system. More than 3,000 students enter UTHSC campuses in San Antonio, Harlingen, Edinburg, and Laredo each year.
In 2014, UT Austin began construction of Dell Medical School (DMS), a 47,845-square-foot campus at a cost of $ 334 million. This school will be part of the new Austin Medical District and is scheduled to open in 2016. Additionally, UT partner – Seton Healthcare – is building a new $ 295 million college adjacent to the UT campus and its estimated opening date is on 2017.
In addition, the UT has just announced the Design Institute of Health (DIH), a collaboration between the DMS and the UT College of Fine Arts faculty. IHL will bring an avant-garde approach to design, from new medical devices to a restructuring of the region’s health system.
Texas A&M Health Science Center College (TAMHSC), based in College Station, is a state agency and academic unit of TAMU that consolidates all health-related entities in the system. TAMHSC is dedicated to addressing healthcare needs and operates eight campuses across the state. More than 2,400 students and 3,000 faculty members. Ranked # 79 of America’s Best Medical Schools by US News & World Report.
The Medical Center of the Americas (MCA), managed by the MCA Foundation, is a 178 hectare campus in El Paso anchored by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso, University Medical Center of El Paso and El Paso’s Children’s Hospital . Additionally, the MCA is working to enhance the region’s biomedical sector assets, including UT at El Paso, William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, and the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), located in Lubbock, has satellite colleges in Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, and Dallas-Fort Worth. The TTHUSC system includes two schools of medicine (TTUHSC School of Medicine (SOM) and Paul L. Foster), two schools of nursing, a school of pharmacy, a graduate program in biomedical sciences, and a school of health sciences.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, doing business as UTHealth Northeast, is the only university medical center in Northeast Texas and a world-renowned center for lung treatment.