This month Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital celebrates 75 years of service to Baytown and the surrounding communities. San Jacinto Memorial Hospital opened April 18, 1948, on Decker Drive with fewer than 100 rooms and 35 physicians. Today, Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital has more than 300 rooms, with nearly 1,000 practicing physicians


Through the years, the hospital has changed names and moved to its current location on Garth Road, but it never lost the vision of its founders to create a modern hospital that provides the very best in innovation and health care for those living in the community – well into the future.


“Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital continues to draw from the influences of a long and rich history with a focus on innovation and unparalleled patient care as we continue to lead medicine in the Baytown area,” said Chief Executive Officer David Bernard.


In November 2022, the hospital opened Unity Tower, a new five-story building providing 75 new private rooms. This new space increased capacity allowing the hospital to continue its mission and enhancing the hospital’s ability to serve the growing demands of Baytown, east Harris, Liberty and Chambers counties. The campus now consists of the main hospital, a stand-alone orthopedics and sports medicine facility and Cancer Center, comprehensive Heart & Vascular Center, Breast Care Center, an expanded Childbirth Center and two medical office buildings.


“Leading-edge technology and facilities may define our history, but without a doubt, Houston Methodist Baytown is distinguished by the amazing staff and physicians who provide personalized care and service to the members of our community each day,” said Bernard. “They are truly the heart and soul of our great institution.”


Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital is recognized by Vizient as a top performer in the Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD Quality Leadership annual ranking, coming in No. 2 out of 148 Complex Care Medical Centers. In 2016, Houston Methodist Baytown received official designation as a Magnet® hospital from the American Nurses Credentialing Center the highest and most respected national recognition for nursing excellence. Only 7 percent of hospitals nationwide are Magnet® certified.


“Patient care and safety are at the center of everything we do,” said Bernard. “Our I CARE (integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence) values define how we care for people every day and will do so as we look to the future of health care in the Baytown community.”


The anniversary was marked with a celebration for employees on April 18.


For more information about Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital, visit or call 281.420.8600.