HOUSTON (October 27, 2017)

Angela Shippy, MD, senior vice president and chief quality officer at Memorial Hermann Health System, and Amanda Spielman, president of Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Associates, were recently recognized by the Houston Business Journal as 2017 “Women Who Mean Business.” In its second year, the awards program honors women who have excelled in career achievement, contribution to company and city success, community involvement and leadership.

“Angela and Amanda are shining examples of leaders in our organization who make a difference in the lives of our patients and the community as a whole,” said Chuck Stokes, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann. “Both are very deserving of this honor.”

As Chief Quality Officer, Dr. Shippy has oversight of clinical quality, patient safety and high reliability across Memorial Hermann’s network of more than 290 facilities, including three hospitals in the Texas Medical Center. With responsibility for multiple system departments and more than 700 employees, she is charged with developing processes and procedures that ensure timely, accurate, safe and effective treatments across the enterprise.

“Dr. Shippy and her team positively impact every patient who steps foot inside a Memorial Hermann facility,” said Michael Shabot, M.D., executive vice president and system chief clinical officer at Memorial Hermann. “Under her leadership, we provide specialized training and tools designed to provide high quality and safe care. The result is positive patient outcomes as well as recognition with some of the highest quality and safety awards in the nation and the state of Texas, including the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.”

Beyond her day-to-day responsibilities at Memorial Hermann, Dr. Shippy is an active member of the United Way’s Women’s Initiative and serves on the University of Houston Friends of Women’s Studies Board. She also mentors a new generation of leaders through Women Leaders of Memorial Hermann, a program designed to inspire, engage and develop exceptional leaders by empowering them to reach their personal and professional best.

As president of Mischer Neuroscience Associates (MNA) and vice president of Neurosciences at Memorial Hermann, Spielman oversees 150 neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuro oncologists, pain management providers and researchers at 22 sites across the greater Houston area. She is responsible for the operational and revenue performance of MNA and the neurosciences service line, as well as ensuring that quality and patient safety metrics continue to be met. In addition, she is charged with strategic development, positioning the service line for future growth and continued expansion.

“Amanda has made a lasting impression on the industry and city through the expansion of Memorial Hermann's neurosciences program, touted as a national leader in patient satisfaction, quality and safety,” said Rod Brace, senior vice president of operations at Memorial Hermann. “Thanks to Amanda and her team, not only can patients expect cutting-edge neurological treatments from clinicians, but those who live in the greater Houston area can receive care in their own backyards - care that was previously only available in the Texas Medical Center.”

Spielman’s leadership both within Memorial Hermann and outside the organization exhibits her commitment to the community. In addition to her service to Memorial Hermann, she serves as a board member of the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic and Mischer Neuroscience Associates Neurology.

The Houston Business Journal received nearly 300 nominations and honored a total of 70 women across eight sectors, including energy, finance, healthcare, professional services, real estate, hospitality/restaurant/retail, non-profit, and “Women to Watch,” or those with less than 10 years in their industry. The honorees were recognized in a special section of the Houston Business Journal and at an awards reception on Oct. 26.