President & CEO,
Memorial Hermann Health System
Dan Wolterman joined Memorial Hermann Health System in 1999 and was named president and CEO in 2002. Under Mr. Wolterman’s inspired and strategic leadership, Memorial Hermann has experienced robust year-over-year double digit growth, resulting in its ascent to the largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas. Mr. Wolterman’s stewardship of Memorial Hermann saw the system grow to 13 hospitals and 201 outpatient care sites, more than 24,000 employees and 5,000 affiliated physicians, and garner numerous national quality and patient safety awards. The system annually generates $4.5 billion of revenue; has more than 2 million patient visits; and, in 2014, provided $438 million of free services to the community’s indigent population.
Mr. Wolterman has more than 35 years of experience in health care, and is perennially recognized as one of the industry’s most influential leaders and policy experts. His career has seen him hold a range of senior managerial positions in hospitals from Florida and Indiana to Utah and Texas.
Mr. Wolterman’s leadership of Memorial Hermann has been adept and visionary, and has transcended just building a fiscally sound health system. Sensitive to the plight of the poor and uninsured in the Houston region, Mr. Wolterman has worked tirelessly to help create solutions, and often has stated that:
“I want Memorial Hermann to be a part of reforming the healthcare system in America and truly get to a model where everybody has access to basic health services. I’m passionate about coming up with solutions. That’s the best part of being the CEO – I can use this as a platform to advocate for change and try to do the right thing for people.”
With a long history of community service, doing “the right thing for people” has meant Mr. Wolterman spearheading the creation of the Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation to build collaboration with other healthcare providers, government, business leaders and community stakeholders to identify and deliver viable solutions to the problem of the uninsured and underinsured in the Greater Houston and Harris County region. In addition to Memorial Hermann annually committing hundreds of millions of dollars toward providing and improving access to health care for thousands of families, Mr. Wolterman has been a tireless advocate at the local, state and federal levels for this cause.
A particular concern for Mr. Wolterman has been providing care to uninsured children. He has been an advocate of Memorial Hermann’s Health Centers for Schools program, which offers a medical home for uninsured students, ongoing from prekindergarten through 12th grade. The program provides primary medical care, nutrition counseling, mental health services and dental care free of charge to families who may or may not have insurance – the primary objective being to keep students healthy and in school where they can learn.
Mr. Wolterman also has been a prolific community servant volunteering his time to chair numerous organizations, including: the Greater Houston Partnership, Texas Hospital Association Board of Directors, Voluntary Hospitals of America-Texas Board of Directors, American Heart Association-Houston Board of Directors, Air Quality Task Force (at the request of a former Houston mayor) and the 2011 National Senior Olympic Games.
He is also a board member of the 2017 Houston Super Bowl Host Committee and past board member of the American Heart Association Houston Region and the Greater Gulf Coast Chapter of United Way. He has also served on many national committees. Mr. Wolterman is also an adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Public Health, and serves on the University of Houston – Clear Lake Healthcare Administration Program Advisory Council.
Mr. Wolterman has received numerous recognitions, including: 2015 Texas Business Hall of Fame inductee; the Texas Hospital Association’s Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Heath Care Administration; American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award; Health Access Texas Public Health Award, for a leader who has a strong belief in prevention and better access to healthcare; the InterFaith CarePartners Sustaining Presence Award, for activities that constitute an exemplary contribution to the creation of caring communities; Xavier University Distinguished Alumni Award; and a past recipient of Community Partners Father of the Year Award. He has also been annually voted one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.
Mr. Wolterman is married to Lori Genitempo Wolterman, and they have three children: Daniel, Savannah and Linleigh. In addition to his commitment to his family, Dan is an avid golfer with a scratch handicap.