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Wolterman to retire next year as Memorial Hermann CEO

Who: Dan Wolterman, 59

Retiring as: CEO at Memorial Hermann Health System, effective the middle of next year. Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has been hired to conduct a national search for his successor.

Background: Wolterman has been with Houston-based Memorial Hermann since 1999 and served as CEO since 2002. During his tenure, the system in 2006 launched one of the nation's most successful and cost-effective accountable care organizations; became Texas' first high-reliability healthcare organization as recognized by the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission; and has expanded to over 200 care locations, including 13 hospitals.

Outpatient focus: He says the system has been at the forefront of the shift to outpatient care and population health. “We had really transformed our system before the Affordable Care Act. It has helped our system move forward even more rapidly.”

Caring for undocumented immigrants: A Memorial Hermann clinic drew fire last month after staff called the police on a patient using a fake ID, who turned out to be undocumented. “It's such a big problem for our community. How do you run a successful system from a financial point of view when you're shouldering an ever-growing burden from these individuals?”


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