Aging can take a toll on a person’s health and it’s important to make sure that you are getting the best medical care possible. If you’re over the age of 65 years old you might want to consider switching to a geriatric physician who specializes in care for seniors. This is even more important if you have a chronic condition or disease that needs to be closely monitored.
Since there are so many hospitals to choose from in the Houston area, you might have a hard time finding the right hospital or doctor that fits your needs. We’ll take a look at some of the best hospitals and physicians in the area, so you have a solid place to start your search.
You want to make sure that the hospital you choose has a dedicated geriatrics unit so that you know you’re getting the right care for your needs. Luckily, US News and World Report has ranked over 5,000 hospitals in major cities so you can search which are the best near you. In the number one spot in Houston is the Houston Methodist Hospital. They are also ranked number one in the state of Texas and have eleven nationally ranked adult specialties including number 26 in the country for geriatrics.
Houston Methodist Hospital also has high performance rankings in conditions and procedures like COPD, heart failure, and knee replacement. They can provide comprehensive geriatric assessments, home visits, caregiver counseling, and they have their own skilled nursing facility within the hospital. They are also affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, so they apply the best care and research with their patients.
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is a teaching hospital in Houston that is ranked number two in Texas as well as the Houston area. They have national rankings in four adult specialties including cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, and neurology and neurosurgery. Their geriatrics unit has received a high performance ranking along with nephrology, pulmonology, and urology.
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is another teaching hospital that is both nationally and regionally ranked at number four in the state and number three in the Houston area. They have a high performance rating for their geriatrics unit and for conditions like COPD as well as heart failure. Memorial Hermann-Texas also has their own senior living community on campus that provides a wide range of assisted living and skilled nursing.
Memorial Hermann North West Loop is the number 10 hospital in Texas as well as the number five hospital in the Houston area. They have a high performance ranking for gastroenterology, neurology, pulmonology, and for heart failure and COPD.
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is the number one cancer center in the entire nation as well as a teaching hospital. Their center provides services for geriatric cancer patients of all different kinds.
It’s important to find a geriatric doctor that you trust and knows how to handle your conditions in the best way possible. There are a few ways you can find doctors in your area like asking for recommendations from family or friends, using the physician search tool on HealthinAging.org, or using the doctor finder through US News and World Report.
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