HOUSTON (September 28, 2010)

Memorial Hermann Health System recently announced the promotion of Craig Cordola to CEO, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, following his successful and widely respected seven-year tenure as Assistant Vice President and then CEO of Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. Cordola is also the Associate Dean for Hospital Affairs and Community Partnerships at The University of Texas Medical School - Houston. He succeeds Juanita Romans, who is retiring.

"Craig is an accomplished and extraordinary leader with a passion for advancement in clinical excellence and a proven track record in hospital operations," said Memorial Hermann Health System COO Chuck Stokes. "He spreads his enthusiasm for patient care, financial success, and employee development throughout the entire Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, which also encompasses Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann and the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center."

He joined Memorial Hermann in 2003 as assistant vice president of operations for the Children's Hospital, with additional responsibilities overseeing volunteer, environmental, facility and chaplaincy services for the Memorial Hermann-TMC. Previously, he worked as A Director of Operations for Texas Children's Pediatric Associates and Texas Children's Hospital after serving in management capacities for other healthcare organizations.

Under Cordola's leadership, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital has expanded its services throughout the system. He has also been instrumental in improving employee satisfaction to reach an all-time high and has partnered with physicians to ensure evidence-based practices and more efficient operations.

"I am honored to have this opportunity to work with award winning clinicians and staff to maximize their efforts in quality, patient care and dedication to the community." said Cordola. "My focus will center on establishing a closer alignment with the medical staff, continuing to recruit and retain top physicians, implementing new business models to adapt to the changing healthcare environment and building strong relationships with our academic partners at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston."

Cordola has served as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Houston Clear Lake Healthcare Administration Program and a board member of the university's alumni association. He holds master's degrees in business and healthcare administration from the University of Houston at Clear Lake and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Cordola is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and serves on numerous community boards.