updated 9/28/2010 8:16:13 AM ET 2010-09-28T12:16:13

HOUSTON, Sept. 28, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Memorial Hermann Healthcare 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.

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"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 Healthcare System COO Chuck Stokes. "He spreads his enthusiasm for patient care, financial success, and employee development throughout the entire Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center campus, 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 Campus. 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 world class 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.

For more information about Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, visit www.memorialhermann.org .

About the Memorial Hermann System

An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and 19,000 employees, serves southeast Texas and the greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann 's 11 hospitals include three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center and eight suburban hospitals. The system also operates comprehensive cancer centers, the LifeFlight air ambulance program, the area's only burn treatment center, numerous imaging, sports medicine and rehabilitation, surgery centers, a Wellness Center, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home. To learn more, visit www.memorialhermann.org or call 713.222.CARE.

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