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Memorial Hermann CEO Announces His Retirement

Dan Wolterman, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, will step down next summer. He led Houston’s largest healthcare system since 2002.

Dan Wolterman, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System
Dan Wolterman, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System

Dan Wolterman joined Memorial Hermann in 1999 and became CEO in 2002. During that time, Memorial Hermann grew from six hospitals to 13. Two more Memorial Hermann hospitals are under construction in Cypress and Pearland.

Wolterman says the system had to expand just to keep up with Houston's booming population growth.

"Our outpatient business is growing," he said. "Last year it grew another 12 percent and our inpatient business is growing about 5-6 percent."

Wolterman said he's stepping down because he turns 60 next summer. He wants to take six months off to travel with his wife, and then work as a consultant.

Wolterman is known for his advocacy, such as calling on state leaders to expand Medicaid to poor, uninsured Texans.

He also pushed Memorial Hermann to work on patient safety.

For example, there was a system-wide initiative to increase hand washing and hand hygiene among employees. That helped the hospital system sharply reduce the number of preventable infections associated with ventilators and central-line catheters.

"What it means is that patients in this community can now access the highest level of quality care in the safest possible setting," Wolterman said. "So it's just better for our patients."

Memorial Hermann is beginning a national search for a new CEO. Wolterman says he'll stay on another 9 or 12 months until his replacement has been selected and has some time to settle in.


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