The Woman's Hospital of Texas in Houston delivers around 11,000 babies each year, more than any other hospital in the state. As its CEO, a critical goal for Ashley McClellan is to ensure all the mothers achieve the best health outcomes.
McClellan's efforts to improve outcomes as the leader of the HCA hospital contributed to her being named the winner of the American College of Healthcare Executives' Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year.
Her work in that regard has become more urgent following a study indicating that maternal mortality in Texas rose dramatically for new mothers from 2011 through 2015.
Under her leadership, the 397-bed hospital participates in internal and external programs to keep mothers and their newborns healthier.
Woman's Hospital partners with the not-for-profit March of Dimes to support moms who give birth prematurely. The facility connects them with services like personalized nutritional counseling and assistance with medical complications after pregnancy.