West University resident Ashley McClellan, CEO of HCA-affiliated The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, has been named one of Houston’s “Most Admired CEOs” by the Houston Business Journal.

McClellan received her award at a luncheon hosted by the publication that celebrated the achievement and success of Houston’s business leaders. She was one of only two for-profit hospital representatives to be named to the prestigious list. The other was fellow HCA employee Melinda Stephenson, CEO of Kingwood Medical Center.

“Ashley’s ability to inspire and lead a team of highly dedicated and respected physicians, nurses, and other health professionals makes her truly admirable,” said Troy Villarreal, president of HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division. “The Woman’s Hospital of Texas is the leading choice for Houston-area women planning to give birth, based on its reputation for considerate care and expertise. That reputation has been safeguarded by Ashley. This recognition is certainly well deserved.”

Under McClellan’s vision and leadership, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas has opened a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, expanded its Maternal Assessment Center and doubled its Maternal Fetal Medicine outreach clinics. Most recently, it earned designation as a Level IV Advanced Neonatal Intensive Care facility, one of only 19 in Texas providing the highest level of acute care for premature and critically ill infants. The Woman’s Hospital of Texas also continues to be the busiest labor and delivery hospital in Texas, supporting the births of approximately 11,000 new Houstonians every year.

As the 2018 chair of the March for Babies, McClellan helped the March of Dimes raise $2 million for programs to prevent premature births, birth defects and infant mortality.