About Us

badgeHouston's oldest hospital, delivering world-class care for the last 135 years and looking forward to the next century of exceptional care to Houstonians when they need us most.

Accreditations / Centers of ExcellenceAward Badges

  • DNV Accreditation
  • ISO 9001:2015 Recommendation
  • DNV Primary Stroke Center Certification
  • Bariatric Center of Excellence 
  • Level III Trauma Center
  • Level III NICU Designation
  • Level III Maternal Designation
  • Hand Trauma Program
  • Chest Pain Center v7 with Primary PCI Accreditation
  • ACS Diamond Recognition

SJMC Special Recognitions

Award Badges

  • 2023 Healthgrade Awards for Pacemaker Procedures and Diabetic Emergencies
  • Healthgrades  – Five Star Recipient for Vaginal Deliveries – 8 years in a row (2015-2022)
  • 2023 Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Award for Stroke 

What Should I Know About St. Joseph Medical Center?

Welcome to St. Joseph Medical Center (SJMC), Houston’s first and only downtown hospital. We have over 500 board certified physicians on our medical staff and more than 1,500 highly skilled and dedicated employees who stand ready to provide compassionate health care to the communities we serve.

Whether it’s for a scheduled surgery, the birth of a baby, an unexpected emergency, or an outpatient visit, we have staff available around the clock to provide you access to immediate, quality health care. SJMC has been providing health care services to Greater Houston residents for over 130 years, which should give you great comfort in knowing that we have a great tradition of caring for our community. We strive to meet our patients’ expectations and encourage our patients to provide us with feedback on how we can help them have the best experience possible while they’re in our care.

Over the years we have expanded our services to include the Advanced Wound Care Center, the Center for Behavioral Health, Comprehensive Cardiac and Vascular Services, the Women’s Center for Breast Care, the St. Joseph Maternal Fetal Medicine Center, and a Weight Loss Surgery Program, just to name a few. As you work with our physicians, nurses, case managers, educators, and other staff, you will be guided through your health care journey, from diagnosis to treatment, with compassion every step of the way.


Our Mission

To deliver compassionate health care to the communities we serve.

Our Vision

As Houston’s first hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center partners with physicians to create a healthy environment of caring and dignity for patients, families, and employees. Focused on the latest technology and peer collaboration, we provide high value, high-quality care in an atmosphere of our spiritual traditions. We will remain the medical center that caregivers commit to, physicians prefer and patients recommend.

Our Values

  • We ensure quality.
  • We respect the rights of all individuals.
  • We hold true to a moral code of ethics.
  • We excel in service.
  • We provide the best in specialized medical care.
  • We develop and apply new technologies.
  • We support research and education.
  • We are committed to the well-being of our physicians and employees.
  • We use our knowledge and abilities to better our community.
  • We are proud of our past and focused on the future.

Quality Care

We encourage patients to take an active role in their health care, and we believe they should make informed decisions about the physicians and hospitals they trust to provide that care.

There is increasingly more public information available about hospitals, doctors and other health care providers on the Internet. A number of different agencies evaluate, compare and rate hospitals. These ratings can be a good source of information for health care consumers and many of them provide reliable data that can help people make informed decisions about where to seek care.

About St. Joseph Medical Center

Since the doors of Houston’s first hospital opened on June 1, 1887, St. Joseph Medical Center has offered compassionate healthcare to generations of Houstonians. From providing Houston’s first emergency care facility to Houston’s first OB department (delivering one in every three Houstonians), to Houston’s first teaching hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center has advanced patient care through technology, research, and the experience of caring and dedicated physicians, nurses, and staff. 

About Steward Health Care

Steward Health Care is the largest private, tax-paying physician-led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 39 hospitals in the United States that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 42,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.