CHI St. Luke’s Health

TMC Member Since 1951

CHI St. Luke’s Health Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, founded in 1954, is an academic medical center caring for more than half a million patients each year. Home to one of the top 10 heart centers in the nation, the Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s is where the first heart transplantation in the United States was performed thanks to the pioneering work of THI founder Denton A. Cooley, M.D.

With Texas Medical Center affiliations, including several nursing schools and three medical schools, Baylor St. Luke’s was the first hospital in Texas and the Southwest designated a magnet hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center—the first to be receive the designation three times, in 2001, 2005 and 2009.

Baylor St. Luke’s is also home to two medical clinics, which provide primary care for adults, including treatment of acute and chronic conditions; and three freestanding community emergency centers in greater Houston offering adult and pediatric care.

CHI St. Luke’s Health, is a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system that ranks as the nation’s third-largest faith-based health system headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.



Gay Nord

President, CHI St. Luke’s Health/Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

Gay Nord took over as president of the CHI St. Lukes Health Texas Medical Center hospital starting Oct. 3, 2016.

Nord has more than 20 years experience in the health care field. She previously worked as president and CEO of Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. In 2004, the Gulf Coast division of HCA Healthcare named Nord CEO of Kingwood Medical Center.

Earnings increased more than 8 percent after Nord joined Methodist, according to the release. Nord created several new service lines at the hospital, including the adult congenital heart program, the cardio-oncology program and the structural heart program, resulting in record cardiac volumes and a market share gain of 21 percent, according to the release.

“We are extremely fortunate to have found a health care executive with such an exceptional leadership background. Gay’s ability to build long-lasting, collaborative relationships with employees and physicians and expertise in achieving strategic objectives will be very critical as we continue in our joint venture with Baylor College of Medicine and the building of our McNair Campus,” Michael Covert, CEO of CHI St. Luke’s Health, said in a statement.