Next Level Harris Health System


Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Hospital has a long, rich history in Northeast Harris County, providing care in this underserved area.

We’re known for our neonatal intensive care services for high-risk babies. We operate one of the busiest Level III trauma centers in Texas. We are among a short list of U.S. hospitals that has earned Magnet Recognition® for our nursing excellence. And we’ve earned numerous awards for our progressive programs, including our ever-expanding Community Farm at LBJ Hospital, to improve people’s access to compassionate care, healthy foods and chronic care management.

To preserve and expand our impact and to ensure that we meet the future needs of the community, Harris Health is investing in the complete transformation of the LBJ campus.

A recent facility assessment revealed that the 33-year-old hospital is nearing the end of its useful life. Ultimately, the campus plans call for two towers and a parking garage to provide a more comprehensive range of high-level medical, social and mental health care and outpatient services.

Plans for the new campus include:

  • More inpatient beds
  • Private inpatient beds
  • Access to more specialty and critical care services, including heart and stroke care
  • Level I trauma capable to include being equipped for a helipad
  • Larger operating rooms
  • Expanded cancer care
  • Expanded psychiatric and behavioral health services

Hello, Harris Health Family.
I usually write these messages over the weekends after my morning coffee, when I am at my most relaxed frame of mind. I am now writing you this message late in the evening of a very long day, but I am way too excited to rest.

Today’s results mark what may perhaps be the most impactful and memorable inflection point in the storied history of our great organization. Voters of Harris County have overwhelmingly approved our historic $2.5 billion bond proposal that among other things will allow for the creation of our second Level I trauma center, as well as the renovation and expansion of services, capacity and capability across our Ambulatory Care Services, Ben Taub and LBJ hospitals’ campuses.

Never since its creation nearly 60 years ago, has Harris Health ever had a clearer vote of confidence and support from our community who is trusting us with this generous investment in the future health of our community, for everyone in our community. I am humbled by this and reminded that with this trust comes a great deal of hope and expectation. Hope in our ability to fulfill our mission of improving the health of our community, and expectation that we do exactly what we have explained over the past few months and deliver on our promises.

The journey to get us to this point has been a long and arduous one. I want to thank every one of you for your dedication to this cause and your efforts to communicate to our elected officials, our stakeholders, and our community members the need and the urgency we face. The hard work of bringing our dreams to reality begins now. So, I want to invite everyone to join me as we begin our journey into a future in which Harris Health fulfills its vision of becoming a premier academic health center. A future in which our patients have access not only to the highest quality of care but the most optimal environment of care. And a future in which our Harris Health family members, all of you, can work in buildings that you are proud of, and buildings that provide a level of comfort that is conducive to higher efficiency and safety.

I have never in my life been more excited about the future than I am today. I sincerely hope and pray that you share my excitement and my commitment to make our community even more proud of what Harris Health is and what it does.

Let’s get to work!
With all my love and God bless.

Esmaeil Porsa, MD
President and CEO

Rendering of new LBJ Hospital Campus


As we begin planning the new LBJ Hospital campus, Harris Health and our project partners are committed to engaging the local community and our staff to ensure that we meet the needs and expectations for their new healthcare home.

We can’t do this without your input. Your ideas, concerns and comments are important. Please share your thoughts in the survey below or call PPG Global at 1-866-463-9525.

It is important that the Community is aware of the environmental concerns surrounding the potential of the eleventh (11th) Concrete Crushing Plant attempting to locate in the surrounding communities of the LBJ Hospital. Please take time to read the Comment Letter to the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality and the steps to submit a Comment Letter in preparation for the Informational Meeting to be held, at New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church located at 4711 Kelly Street Houston, TX 77026 on December 7, 2023 at 6:00pm