Memorial Hermann Health System has named Marissa Kiefer as the new senior vice president and chief executive officer of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Effective March 15, 2021, Kiefer will lead the hospital’s operations and multidisciplinary team of health professionals to continue providing exceptional care to children and women across the Greater Houston area.
“Our priority at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital is to provide the highest quality of care to young patients and their families, and Marissa undoubtedly represents these high standards,” said Greg Haralson, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. “Her strategic mindset and proven track record of enhancing operational performance across multiple service lines will allow us to continue providing exemplary patient care through our more than 40 pediatric specialty programs.”
With more than two decades working at nationally recognized healthcare institutions, Kiefer joins Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital from Riley Children’s Health in Indianapolis where she was vice president of strategy. In this role, she led the development and implementation of strategic initiatives, including those to address infant and maternal mortality, and the administration of multi-million dollar budgets for maternal and pediatric services across the organization. Kiefer started her career at Children’s National Hospital in Washington and later held senior leadership positions at Indiana University Health Physicians, where she improved practice operations to ensure consistent patient experiences across the organization.
“I am incredibly humbled and excited to be leading an organization with such an outstanding reputation for maternal and pediatric care,” said Kiefer. “Memorial Hermann’s mission to improve health is something I wholeheartedly believe in, and I look forward to shepherding this through operational strength, excellent and specialized care, and leading-edge research for our youngest patients, mothers and entire families.”
In the community, Kiefer serves as a board member for GiGi’s Playhouse in Indianapolis and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana. She is also Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified, a Tobias Leadership Fellow and a Carol Emmott Fellow. Kiefer holds a master’s degree in health services administration from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Bloomington.