One of the largest health and research centers in the world, this immense complex was organized in 1945. The purpose of its founders was to totally coordinate the health, education, patient care and research of all that come in need. The Texas Medical Center has many institutions listed on the U.S. News and World Report List of 2004. Six of the institutions were ranked in the 1998 US News & World Report survey of the top hospitals in the country. With over 100 buildings spread across 650 acres just south of Hermann Park, the complex encompasses many places of interest. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Alkek Institute of Biosciences & Technology of Texas A&M, and Texas Children's Hospital are among the prestigious names located here. There are also many excellent hotels, restaurants, and shops in the area to accommodate your needs. For those who want to throw some entertainment into an educational outing, the complex borders other areas of interest to tourists, including Hermann Park where you can find the zoo and Museum of Natural Science. Free guided tours are available with reservations. Call for information.
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