For the first time ever, the Houston Astros have earned history and are now World Series Champions! Memorial Hermann couldn’t be more proud of our hometown team. In honor of this historic milestone, we’re taking a look back at a few of Memorial Hermann’s many firsts, dating all the way back to 1925. Join us on our trip down memory lane!
1925: Memorial Hermann (then Hermann Hospital) was the first hospital in what would become the Texas Medical Center. It opened with 100 beds and a staff of 109 physicians, and treated 558 inpatients in its first year.
1943: Memorial Hermann became the first in Texas to receive a shipment of the new wonder drug, penicillin, which is commonly used to today to treat bacterial infections.
1946: Memorial Hermann was the first hospital in Texas to perform a cardiac catheterization, a groundbreaking procedure used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions.
1976: The hospital started Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, the first air ambulance service in Texas and only the second in the United States. Life Flight has flown more than 140,000 missions to date.
1985: Affiliated physicians at Memorial Hermann performed Houston’s first successful liver transplant. In later years, the hospital would perform the nation’s first living-donor transplant on a neonatal patient, Houston’s first combined kidney/liver transplant and the city’s first four-organ transplant.
1988: Memorial Hermann established the first Stroke Center in Houston and one of the first dedicated stroke programs in the world. It would become the first Houston institution to earn primary stroke center certification in 2004.
1996: Memorial Hermann was the first facility in Houston and one of the first in the United States where affiliated physicians tested the clot-dissolving drug tPA for acute stroke.
2009: Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital was verified as the first pediatric Level I trauma center in the Gulf Coast region by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.
2011: Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital affiliated physicians performed the first in utero spina bifida surgery in Texas following a groundbreaking study that determined serious complications associated with spina bifida could be reversed or lessened with the operation.
2012: The System opened the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute, the state’s first institute dedicated to trauma care. Now known as the Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute, it remains the only Level I trauma center in the Greater Houston area caring for both children and adults.
Memorial Hermann is proud to have served the Houston community for over a century, offering safe, high-quality, revolutionary care for patients and their loved ones. To learn more about Memorial Hermann’s services or to schedule an appointment, click here.
Congratulations to the Astros for winning the 2017 World Series!