Craig Cordola, MBA, MHA, FACHE, serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Ascension. In this role Mr. Cordola has overall responsibility for the patient volume and revenue aspects of Ascension in support of the Mission. This includes all of Ascension’s Ministry Markets serving communities in 19 states and Washington, D.C.; Ascension Medical Group, including Graduate Medical Education; Clinical Operations; Population Health; and Clinical Service Lines. In addition, Mr. Cordola leads Ascension’s national Ambulatory Surgery Centers and Rehabilitation, Imaging Services, and Ascension Post-Acute and At-Home Services. He also oversees Ascension’s Consumer Experience efforts.
Mr. Cordola joined Ascension in September 2017 as the Ministry Market Executive for Ascension Texas. He previously served as Senior Vice President of the Memorial Hermann Health System in southeast Texas as President of its Central/West Region. In this role, he also had executive responsibility for their academic relationship with The University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston. Prior to serving as a Regional President, he worked in various roles throughout Memorial Hermann including Chief Executive Officer of the Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center Campus, Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and, prior to that, served as its Assistant Vice President of Operations. Before joining Memorial Hermann, he served at Texas Children’s Hospital, the primary pediatric teaching facility for Baylor College of Medicine, as a Director of Operations for Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates.
In addition to his professional and community commitments, Mr. Cordola is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a Doctoral Candidate in Leadership and Learning Organizations at the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. He graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Psychology and continued his studies at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where he earned dual degrees with a Master of Healthcare Administration and a Master of Business Administration.