Houston, TX, March 31, 2015 - HCA Gulf Coast Division President Maura Walsh announced today that Ashley McClellan has been named the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Woman's Hospital of Texas (TWHT). Previously, Ashley served as the CEO of Medical Center of Lewisville in HCA’s North Texas Division. She began her career with HCA in the Chief Operating Officer (COO) development program as the Associate Administrator at Overland Park Medical Center in HCA’s Midwest Division in Kansas. Ashley was promoted to COO at Medical Center of Lewisville, and served in that role until 2011 when she was promoted to CEO.
“Ashley is an outstanding leader who has been integral in improving employee engagement and expanding hospital services at Medical Center of Lewisville,” said Maura Walsh, HCA Gulf Coast Division President. “Her focus on quality patient care and physician partnerships will continue to position TWHT as an industry leader in the Houston market.”
Ashley is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and earned her BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business, and both her MBA and MHA from Texas Woman’s University. In 2010, Ashley was honored in the Dallas Business Journal’s annual 40 Under Forty issue and was presented the 2011 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year award from the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council.
Ashley will be relocating to Houston with her husband, Brett, and their two sons, Brooks and Spencer, and will begin her new role on May 12th.
Linda Russell, TWHT’s current CEO, is retiring after 21 years of service. Linda began providing excellent leadership at TWHT in 1994 and has led three major hospital expansions. Most recently, TWHT expanded its services with a new Pediatric Center and was designated the first Baby-Friendly Hospital in the area. Under Linda’s leadership, the hospital has continued to deliver more babies than any other hospital in Harris County with more than 10,000 births a year.
Linda was recognized as the Houston Business Journal’s 2009 Healthcare Hero Administrator of the Year and the March of Dimes Texas Chapter’s 2007 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser. Governor Rick Perry appointed Linda to the Judicial Compensation Commission. Linda has also served on the March of Dimes Board of Directors and Executive Board as well as their State Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.
“Through Linda’s trusted partnerships with employees, physicians, patients and the community, she has made TWHT a market leader in women’s services.” said Walsh. “Linda has dedicated her career to ensuring TWHT provides superior patient care, and we are committed to continuing her vision.”
About The Woman’s Hospital of Texas
The Woman's Hospital of Texas opened in 1976, and has remained the state's premier facility dedicated to the health of women and newborns. With the recent addition of the Pediatric Center, the hospital has expanded that level of high-quality care to include their youngest patients. Located near the Texas Medical Center in the heart of Houston, The Woman's Hospital of Texas offers 397 licensed beds, including a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With more than 650 board-certified physicians, The Woman's Hospital of Texas offers expertise and an outstanding level of care in breast health, imaging, gynecology, obstetrics, high-risk pregnancy and minimally-invasive surgery. The Woman’s Hospital of Texas is accredited by The Joint Commission. It has been recognized as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG), as a NAFC Center of Excellence: Continence Care in Women and is a designated Baby-Friendly Facility. For more information, visit our website at www.WomansHospital.com.
About HCA Gulf Coast Division
HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 6 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com.