DFW Quality Healthcare, Hospitals and Physicians




Quality Healthcare in every specialty

Needless to say, finding a quality physician, healthcare practice, or specialty is not an issue for those moving here – and, in many cases, it’s why they’re headed this way in the first place.

U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked many of the DFW area’s Texas hospitals among the best in the nation in its America’s Best Hospitals report. Baylor University Medical Center – Dallas has ranked for orthopedics, gynecology, kidney disease, digestive disorders and endocrinology, respiratory disorders, and urology.

The Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation has been noted for its rehabilitation services, while the nationally acclaimed Parkland Memorial Hospital received high marks for its gynecological and kidney disease specialties; Presbyterian Hospital was tops for neurology and neurosurgery, digestive disorders, and orthopedics, while the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas has been honored for its neurology and neurosurgery specialties.

Multiple Healthcare Systems, Award-Winning Hospitals

With at least seven major healthcare systems – all of which have been nationally recognized for their expertise, breadth of specialties and patient care – and top-rated specialty hospitals, the Dallas/Fort Worth area offers a wealth of options, practices, and much more for residents.

Metroplex healthcare offerings include more than 200 hospitals and surgery centers, including a mix of large nonprofit and for-profit systems and affiliates. Large area insurers include Aetna, BCBS of Texas, Cigna, Humana, and United Healthcare – among other smaller private insurance resources.

Texas Health Resources tops the list as the largest comprehensive healthcare system in North Texas and one of the area’s largest employers with more than 20,000 employees, more than 4,100 beds, and more than 5,500 physicians.

Formed in 1997 with the assets of Fort Worth-based Harris Methodist Health System, Dallas-based Presbyterian Healthcare Resources, and Arlington Memorial Hospital, Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States – and the largest in North Texas when it comes to number of patients served.  The Texas Health system includes 24 acute-care and short-stay hospitals that are either owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with the system.

Baylor Health Care System is next; with more than 20,000 employees, it’s another one of the largest private sector employers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  The system serves nearly 1.4 million via a network of more than 200 locations and access points, with more than 4,500 physicians on staff. 

This faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare provider has Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, a major research and teaching facility for the Southwest, as its anchor for a network of 25 hospitals, and the system also operates a network of physician clinics through the HealthTexas Provider Network. 

Known for its quality initiatives, Baylor became the first healthcare system in Texas receive the National Quality Healthcare Award from the National Quality Forum.  Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas has also been named in US News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” guide for the last 18 years and, according to Consumer Reports, has the highest patient satisfaction ratings of any teaching hospital in the country.

Headquartered in Dallas, Tenet Healthcare Corporation is one of the largest investor-owned health care delivery systems in the U.S., operating 49 acute care hospitals in 11 states and 84 outpatient centers. With 57,000 total employees – and more than 10,000 in the DFW area – Tenet is also one of the area’s largest employers.

The JPS Health Network in Tarrant County/Fort Worth includes the flagship John Peter Smith Hospital on Fort Worth’s Main Street licensed for 567 beds; a five-story acute care facility (Patient Care Pavilion); an outpatient care center; and a dedicated facility for psychiatric services. The JPS Health Network also operates multiple general practice clinics and specialty service facilities throughout Fort Worth and Tarrant County, including a cardiology center, ambulatory surgery clinic, the Healing Wings AIDS Center, family medicine and pediatrics, and urgent care, as well as other specialized services.

Parkland Health and Hospital System is one of the most acclaimed public health systems in the country; Parkland Hospital is the main hospital of the Dallas County Hospital District, and the system includes multiple locations, affiliates, and clinics. The Parkland system is also a major economic engine for Dallas County with more than 8,000 employees and as a generator of $2.4 billion in business activity in Dallas County each year. Parkland’s 11 community-oriented primary care health centers and outreach programs are aimed at education and prevention. Parkland provided more than $523.4 million in uncompensated care in fiscal year 2008.

Methodist Health System facilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex include Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers. All are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, an affiliation by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. In 2010, Methodist Dallas Medical Center ranked among the top 10 medical facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” metro area rankings.

Long recognized as one of the best medical facilities in the southwest, UT Southwestern Medical Center provides inpatient care to nearly 100,000 with 1.9 million outpatient visits each year. Physicians provide care to patients at UT Southwestern University Hospitals (St. Paul and Zale-Lipshy); the Parkland Health & Hospital System; Children’s Medical Center Dallas; and the VA North Texas Health Care System, as well as the Aston Building, the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, and other affiliated hospitals and clinics in North Texas. 


Children’s Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital that is also one of the largest pediatric healthcare providers in the U.S. It’s the only academic healthcare facility in North Texas dedicated exclusively to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18, offering patient care that ranges from simple eye exams to specialized treatment in areas such as heart disease, hematology-oncology and cystic fibrosis. Children’s is also a major pediatric kidney, liver, intestine, heart, and bone marrow transplant center.

The Children’s system is licensed for 559 beds and has more than 50 subspecialty programs. The Dallas hospital was the first designated Level I trauma center for pediatrics in Texas. The 72-bed Children’s Medical Center at Legacy opened in Plano in 2008.

The VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS), serves more than 100,000 patients each year, delivering more than one million outpatient visits to veterans in 38 North Texas counties and two counties in southern Oklahoma. The Dallas VA Medical Center (VAMC) is the referral center for VA North Texas Health Care. Through its longstanding partnership with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern), it has become a major teaching and medical research center. The Dallas VAMC is an 84-acre campus with multi-specialty outpatient clinics as well as a 289-bed acute care medical center; a 90-bed Transitional Care Unit; a 40-bed Domiciliary care unit; a 30-bed Spinal Cord Injury Center; a 39-Bed Telemetry Unit; and a 56-bed Psychiatric Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program.

Based in Fort Worth, Cook Children’s Health Care System is a national award winning, not-for-profit, integrated health care system comprised of seven entities – including the renowned Cook Children’s Medical Center. Specializing in pediatric care, the system operates more than 60 pediatric medical and specialty clinic offices throughout Texas and has more than 4,000 employees. Locally, the system operates more than 30 primary care pediatric locations, two urgent care centers, outpatient clinic-based specialties, and 15 hospital-based specialties. The Cook Children’s Physician Network is the largest multi-specialty physician group in the North Texas region. Counties served include Tarrant, Johnson, Hood, Parker, Wise and Denton, with an additional 126 county referral market that encompasses 47 percent of the state.

Known as a specialty hospital with more than 95 specialties and more than 1,150 physicians, Medical City Dallas specialists are at the forefront of cutting-edge technological innovations, such as robotic-assisted microsurgery, beating heart surgeries and minimally invasive heart surgeries. The hospital’s Heart Transplant center received recognition from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as one of the country’s premiere programs and is one of the most active transplant programs in North Texas.

Respected medical education

Beyond stellar patient care and facilities, the DFW area is also home to some of the best medical teaching facilities in the world. UT Southwestern Medical Center is among the top academic medical centers with three degree-granting institutions, including the UT Southwestern Medical School, UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and UT Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School. Admission standards are high, the faculty includes active Nobel laureates, and the Center is also a leading research institution. 

The UNT Health Science Center is also known for its educational prowess. Home to the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (1 of 19 in the nation); the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; and the School of Public Health, the UNT Health Science Center has received recognition as one of the top medical schools by U.S. News & World Report. 

And, as the primary pediatric teaching facility for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the medical staff at Children’s Hospital conducts research that is instrumental in developing treatments, therapies, and a more in-depth understanding of pediatric diseases.

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