Houston, TX – The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, part of HCA Houston Healthcare, is pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah Gelbs-Gadd, FACHE, as chief operating officer (COO), effective August 15, 2022.

Gelbs-Gadd currently serves as vice president of operations at HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake, a role she’s held since November 2019. In her new role, Gelbs-Gadd will provide executive-level leadership for hospital operations including leading multiple clinical service lines, ancillary departments and growth agendas. She will also be deeply involved in hospital strategic planning, capital planning, employee engagement, and physician relations.  

Gelbs-Gadd began her healthcare career with HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division in 2012. After finding success in hospital operations appointments at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas and HCA Houston Healthcare West, Gelbs-Gadd graduated from HCA Healthcare’s Executive Development Program in 2017. In 2019, Gelbs-Gadd was promoted to vice president of operations at HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake. While there, she led successful initiatives resulting in improved hospital throughput efficiencies, patient experience gains, top-ranked employee engagement, and oncology service line growth.  

“Hannah is an accomplished and dedicated leader with over ten years of healthcare experience in the greater Houston region,” said Jeanna Bamburg, chief executive officer of The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. “I am thrilled to have a woman of her caliber working together with me at the first hospital in Texas dedicated to the health of women and newborns.”

Gelbs-Gadd received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Texas A&M University Mays Business School in 2010. She went on to receive her Master of Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in 2012. Gelbs-Gadd became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) in 2018.

Gelbs-Gadd is a dedicated community leader. She is an active member of the Junior League of Houston, a frequent volunteer for the Houston Food Bank and March of Dimes, and serves as the current chair of the Gulf Coast Division’s Young Professionals Colleague Network. In her spare time, Gelbs-Gadd is an active member of the American Quarter Horse Association and competitively shows Quarter horses in all-around events.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the COO at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Not only did I start my career here ten years ago, but this is also where I realized my ultimate commitment to the care and improvement of human life,” explained Gelbs-Gadd. “HCA Healthcare has always invested in my professional growth and has allowed me the opportunity to work for many great healthcare leaders along the way. What an incredible honor to re-join a hospital where so many memories are made and lives are changed.”