PEARLAND, TEXAS (October 21, 2015)

Mario GarnerThe Louisiana State University (LSU) Alumni Association has named Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital CEO, Mario Garner, its Young Alumnus of the Year.

Garner will join four others for induction into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction in the spring of 2016. The Hall of Distinction recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves and the university through their careers, personal and civic accomplishments, volunteer activities and loyalty to their alma mater.

“I’m honored to be selected the Young Alumnus of the Year by the LSU Alumni Association,” says Mario Garner, Ed. D., FACHE, Sr. Vice President, CEO, Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital. “LSU is a special place to me and where my road began. It’s an honor to receive this distinction.”

Garner has served his alma mater as a National Advisory Board Member for the university’s Office of Academic Affairs and also as a guest lecturer for the LSU College of Science.

Prior to accepting his role with Memorial Hermann this past summer, Garner served as the inaugural President and CEO of the New Orleans East Hospital in New Orleans. During his tenure, Garner successfully recruited hospital leadership, staff and physicians to re-establish a full-service inpatient hospital to an area severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

A native of Lake Charles, La., Garner holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Louisiana State University, a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Tulane University and a doctor of education degree from the University of Houston.

Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital is currently under construction and scheduled to open in early 2016. The hospital will feature an intensive care unit, operating rooms, cardiac catheterization labs, medical/surgical units, and women’s and neonatology services.

Garner will be formally inducted into the Hall of Distinction on March 4, 2016, at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on the campus of LSU.