For more than 85 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 innovative 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 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.
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 2,600 staff members create the Hendrick Medical Center team of employees. And 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.
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. These services include:
Children’s Miracle Network, Plans, First*Choice Membership Club, Hendrick Balance Center, Hendrick Cancer Center, Hendrick Center for Rehabilitation, Vera West Women’s Center, Hendrick Birth Place, Hendrick Health Club, Hendrick Heartsaver Network, Hendrick HouseCalls, Hendrick Medical Center Foundation, Hendrick Professional Pharmacy, Hendrick Radiology Center, Hendrick Regional Laboratory, Hendrick Sleep Disorders Center, Lifeline Emergency Response System, Level III Trauma Center, Meek Blood Center, Hendrick Children’s Hospital, Pastoral Care, Sellers Health Sciences Library, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Volunteer Services and more. Our staff and employees know what it means to give back to our community. Our employees help raise funds and give of their time to Children's Miracle Network, The United Way of Abilene and many other community organizations.
The mission created more than 85 years ago continues today, and it will remain so as Hendrick Medical Center moves into the future, striving to deliver high quality healthcare emphasizing excellence and compassion consistent with the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.