For more than 80 years, the Hendrick name has been the first name in healthcare in Abilene, Texas, and the Texas Midwest. As the first healthcare network to establish a true system of services, the Hendrick name reigns over a 504-bed medical center, a women’s center, rehabilitation hospital, cancer center and numerous other valuable services.
Hendrick was the first hospital to permanently serve the Texas Midwest when its doors opened in 1924. During the Great Depression, it was the first hospital that people of the Big Country area rallied behind to keep the doors open when money was scarce. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hendrick, for whom the institution was named, made the first major financial gift to the hospital. Through the years it has been the first in the area to offer specialized services, creating departments to fill needs such as physical medicine, nuclear medicine, spiritual care and much more.
Our Commitment to Quality Healthcare
Hendrick has been the first to offer aggressive, innovative treatments and preventive healthcare measures ranging from services such as cancer screenings and pre-natal education courses to electro-physiology procedures and pediatric intensive care. Providing the strength of a complete system of health services available in their own backyards, most of the citizens of Abilene and the 22 counties that surround it look to Hendrick as their first choice for healthcare. In fact, research shows 64 percent of area residents prefer Hendrick for their healthcare needs.
Hendrick is an institution where people can feel a strong sense of belonging – an advanced medical provider the people of the Texas Midwest can call their own. Hendrick Medical Center is one of seven healthcare institutions affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As part of Hendrick Medical Center, the hospital is licensed for 504 beds. About 2,700 staff members create the Hendrick Medical Center team of employees. People of all ages and races, men and women, receive precision care at Hendrick every day, regardless of the way they are able to pay.
As a committed healthcare provider, medical, community and patient education has always been an important aspect of Hendrick Medical Center. From its original charter, one aspect of its mission was to provide for a school for nurses. Now housed on the Hendrick main campus, the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing is affiliated with three universities located in Abilene. Hendrick also operates a School of Radiography and a School of Respiratory Care.
There are numerous ways Hendrick is involved in the community, not just from a healthcare perspective, but from the various services Hendrick provides to the community.
Other important facts:
Key service lines and programs:
- Not-for-profit hospital
- 21 pharmacists, 676 registered nurses, 241 licensed vocational nurses, 48 physical and occupational therapists, 88 radiology technologists of various specialties, 42 medical technologists and 1,646 other essential personnel
- 2,714 total employees with combined Hendrick experience of more than 18,575 years
- More than 700 employees have worked at Hendrick 10 years or more
- Last year, more than 70% of Hendrick patients resided in Taylor, Nolan, Callahan, Eastland and Jones counties – considered our primary service area
- Hendrick Heartsaver Network
- Hendrick Center for Rehabilitation
- Hendrick Women’s Health Network – Vera West Women’s Center
- Hendrick Children’s Hospital
- Hendrick Balance Center
- Hendrick Cancer Center
- Hendrick Health Club
- Hendrick Hospice Care
- Hendrick HouseCalls
- Hendrick Professional Pharmacy
- Hendrick Regional Laboratory
- Hendrick Sleep Disorders Center
- Hendrick Long Term Acute Care
- Meek Blood Center – serves 17 area hospitals
- Midwest Texas Healthcare Linen
- Level III Trauma Center
- Medical/surgical services
- Occupational health
- Wound care
- Radiology services
- Sports Medicine
- Pastoral Care / Chaplains
- Pediatric intensive care unit
Other services include:
- Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for children’s services
- FirstCare Health Plans
- Hendrick Medical Center Foundation
- Hendrick Medical Supply
- Lifeline Emergency Response System
- Sellers Health Sciences Library
- Skilled Nursing Facilities
- Volunteer Services and more