Craig Cordola, FACHE, MBA, MHA
President, Central/West Region, Memorial Hermann Health System
Craig Cordola serves as Senior Vice President and President of the Central/West Region for the Memorial Hermann Health System with overall responsibility for all ambulatory facilities within the region, as well as Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center and the new campus being established, Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital.
Prior to this role, Cordola served as Chief Executive Officer of the Memorial Hermann-TMC Campus – which includes Memorial Hermann-TMC, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-TMC and Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the TMC – for four and a half years. As a certified Level I trauma center at Memorial Hermann-TMC and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, the 865-bed Campus is also home to the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute and Memorial Hermann Life Flight, Houston’s only hospital-based air ambulance program serving surrounding communities within a 150-mile radius of the Texas Medical Center with a fleet of six state-of-the-art helicopters and worldwide using fixed-wing transport.
Cordola’s leadership and strategic direction were instrumental in the success of several key strategies, including unprecedented physician relations and strategic physician recruitment and retention, as well as programmatic development with a focus on growth, culture and expansion of services, both for the Memorial Hermann-TMC Campus and the Memorial Hermann Health System. Under his leadership, the Campus received its first UHC Quality Leadership Award in 2014, ranking Memorial Hermann-TMC among the top tier of all academic medical centers in the country.
Previously, Cordola worked as the Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and, prior to that, served as the Assistant Vice President of Operations for the hospital where he provided leadership support for Children’s, Women’s, Volunteer Services, Chaplaincy and Food and Nutrition Services. Cordola’s accomplishments at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital included advances in quality and patient safety, as well as employee, patient and physician satisfaction.
Cordola serves on a number of local not-for-profit boards for organizations such as the Houston Technology Center and the Center for Houston’s Future. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, currently serving as president of the organization’s Southeast Texas Chapter. In addition, Cordola serves on the Board of Managers for the University Health System Consortium, an organization of the leading academic medical centers across the country.
Cordola graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Psychology and continued his studies at University of Houston-Clear Lake, where he earned dual degrees with a Master of Healthcare Administration and a Master of Business Administration.