History of LBJ Hospital
Past to Present LBJ Hospital Chiefs of Staff
The Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital is a well-established partner to The University of Texas, McGovern Medical School at Houston. However, it was not always so. Our history-making partnership, dating back to 1990, began as follows.
It was 7:00 a.m. on the first Sunday in July 1990. Women were laboring; babies were being born. It was business as usual at the North Northeast Hospital. One minute later, ambulances began arriving, shuttling patients from the Ben Taub General Hospital to the newly named Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital. The change from obstetric facility to general hospital had begun. On cue, throughout the facility, physicians from The University of Texas, McGovern Medical School at Houston stepped in, and their counterparts from Baylor College of Medicine stepped out. A new full-service hospital was born.
That day and all the planning that led up to it made history for the McGovern Medical School. By all accounts, it represented the first time an existing U.S. medical school had opened a fully operational hospital. It also marked a turning point for the school’s clinical programs, greatly expanding teaching opportunities and ensuring its reputation as one of the finest medical training grounds in the country.
By 3:00 p.m., the hospital’s complement of 300 beds and 144 bassinets was 75 percent occupied. UT faculty and residents had completed literally hundreds of histories, physicals, and notes. Every service was operational. It had been a remarkable day!