Memorial Hermann Health System appointed Dr. David Callender as its new president and CEO, the not-for-profit integrated health system announced Thursday.
Callender, who is the current president of the University of Texas Medical Branch, will officially take the helm from Chuck Stokes Sept. 1. Stokes succeeded Dr. Benjamin Chu in June 2017 after Chu's brief tenure.
"Dr. Callender is a natural choice for this role given his exceptional track record in the Greater Houston region expanding access to care and advancing groundbreaking research to help people get healthy and stay healthy," Memorial Hermann Board Chair Deborah Cannon said in prepared remarks. Stokes plans to retire at year-end.
The health system owns and operates 15 hospitals and has joint ventures with four others. Houston-based Memorial Hermann and Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health nixed their proposed merger earlier this year five months after they signed a letter of intent.
Memorial Hermann's operating income improved to $128.7 million on revenue of $5.26 billion in 2018, from $70.6 million of operating income on $5.06 billion of revenue in 2017.