HOUSTON (August 18, 2020)

Memorial Hermann Health System has named three new leaders of hospitals in southeast Houston, Pearland, Cypress, Katy, The Woodlands and Humble.

  • Noel Cardenas, Vice President of Operations for Memorial Hermann Northeast, has been named Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Southeast and Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospitals, effective Sept. 13, 2020;
  • Jerry Ashworth, Senior Vice President and CEO for TIRR Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital – Katy, has been named Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Cypress and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospitals, effective Sept. 13, 2020;
  • And Justin Kendrick, formerly Vice President of Operations for Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, was named Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, effective Aug. 17, 2020.

These promotions are part of a new organizational structure and service line operating model that align with Memorial Hermann’s vision to create healthier communities now and for generations to come. All three replace longtime Memorial Hermann leaders who transitioned into new roles to support the service line model earlier in the summer.

“We believe moving to a service line operating model will enable us to create exceptional experiences while delivering safe, high-quality, cost-effective care that is coordinated and seamless across the care continuum,” said Memorial Hermann President & CEO, Dr. David L. Callender. “All three of these individuals have been outstanding and effective leaders in our health system for a number of years, and we are pleased they have each accepted the opportunity to continue growing their careers with Memorial Hermann.”

Cardenas currently serves as Vice President of Operations for Memorial Hermann Northeast in Humble, an acute care hospital consisting of 242 beds and more than 1,200 employees. Ashworth is the Senior Vice President and CEO of TIRR Memorial Hermann, ranked No. 3 among the country’s top rehabilitation hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2020-2021, as well as Memorial Hermann Katy Rehabilitation Hospital. Both will assume their new roles on Sept. 13. Kendrick, who during his nine-year tenure with Memorial Hermann has served as Vice President of Operations at both the Memorial Hermann The Woodlands and Memorial Hermann-TMC campuses, took over his new position on Aug. 17.

“These are very challenging times for health care systems, and all three of these executives have done an outstanding job leading their respective campuses over the years, especially through the COVID-19 crisis,” said Erin Asprec, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Memorial Hermann Health System. “I believe in their new roles they will continue to lead us forward on our journey towards creating healthier communities.”


About Memorial Hermann

Charting a better future. A future that’s built upon the HEALTH of our community. This is the driving force for Memorial Hermann, redefining health care for the individuals and many diverse populations we serve. Our 6,700 affiliated physicians and 27,000 employees practice the highest standards of safe, evidence-based, quality care to provide a personalized and outcome-oriented experience across our more than 250 care delivery sites. As one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in Southeast Texas, Memorial Hermann has an award-winning and nationally acclaimed Accountable Care Organization, 17* hospitals and numerous specialty programs and services conveniently located throughout the Greater Houston area. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is one of the nation's busiest Level I trauma centers and serves as the primary teaching hospital for McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. For more than 112 years, our focus has been the best interest of our community, contributing more than $588 million annually through school-based health centers and other community benefit programs. Now and for generations to come, the health of our community will be at the center of what we do – charting a better future for all.

*Memorial Hermann Health System owns and operates 14 hospitals and has joint ventures with three other hospital facilities, including Memorial Hermann Surgical Hospital First Colony, Memorial Hermann Surgical Hospital Kingwood and Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy.