Our Leadership

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Our Leadership - Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Photo at Top Our Administrative Team “Signing the Steel” in 2012.
From Left:
Chad Lockhart – Associate Administrator
Bryan Lee – Chief Financial Officer
Stephen K. Jones, Jr. – Chief Executive Officer
Charles Laird – Chief Operating Officer
Mary Winters, RN – Chief Nursing Officer

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center – an HCA-affiliated hospital – is led by a team of more than 2,100 employees and more than 800 physicians. Supporting this team is an impressive board of trustees that includes highly respected physician and community business leaders.

Our board members help develop the hospital’s strategic direction, as well as evaluate the hospital’s delivery of care, and facilitate the development of new services to ensure our patients receive the most advanced health care close to home. This board serves both Clear Lake Regional Medical Center and Mainland Medical Center, a campus of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center.

Meet Our Board of Trustees

Mark Ciavaglia, Board Chairman

Mark Ciavaglia, Board Vice ChairmanMark is an attorney in Texas City with the firm Lyons and Plackemeier. He is heavily involved in civic activities including the Texas City Rotary, the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Texas City I.S.D. Foundation for the Future. Mark and his wife, Sharon, reside in Texas City with their three children.

A. Terry Kocurek, MD, Medical Staff President, Chief of Staff-Mainland Medical Center

A. Terry Kocurek, Chief of Staff – Mainland Medical Center Campus Vice President Medical StaffDr. Kocurek is the Medical Director for the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Mainland Medical Center and has been a member of the Active Medical Staff since for 17 years. He graduated from U.T.M.B. in Galveston where he also completed his residency. He is a member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, Texas College of Emergency Physicians, and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Dr. Kocurek is the father of three children and resides in League City.

Molly Hammond, MD – Chief of Staff, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center Campus

Molly Hammond, MD – Chief of Staff, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center CampusDr. Hammond has been in private practice with Bay Area Pediatrics Association for almost 15 years. She previously served in several leadership roles on the CLRMC Medical Staff, including Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer Medical Staff, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, and Chairman of the Medical Records Committee. After earning an undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin, she received her medical degree from The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. Dr. Hammond also is a volunteer with Girl Scouts USA-Clear Creek Service Unit, as well as member of the Junior League of Galveston County.

Richard Gornto, CFP

Richard Gornto CFP, Board ChairmanRichard Gornto is president and founding principal of First Financial Benefits, Inc. of Houston and past principal and CEO of First Financial Capital Corporation, an employee benefit third-party administration firm. He is a certified financial planner with 33 years experience in financial services and insurance business.

Rick is past president and board chair of the Houston Society of Certified Financial Planners; past trustee of Alvin Community College; past board member of Child Advocates of Houston; past board member and stockholder of Alvin National Bank; and past president and current board member of the Nolan Ryan Foundation. Rick has been married to Janice Bartley Gornto for 36 years, and has two children and four grandchildren. He resides in the Clear Lake area.

Patrick Koons Jr., MD, Board Member

Patrick Koons Jr., MD, Board MemberDr. Koons is board certified in Anesthesia. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Koons joined the staff of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in October 2009 as Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology.

John Lewis, MD, Board Member

John Lewis, MD, Board MemberDr. Lewis is a board certified neurologist and has been on staff at Mainland Medical Center since 1979. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and is a member of the Texas Neurological Society, AAN. Dr. Lewis is Chair of the MMC Credentials Committee, a member of the hospital’s Peer Review Board and also a member of the Medical Executive Committee. He was named Mainland Medical Center’s Physician of the Year in 2007. Dr. Lewis is the father of two children and resides in Dickinson with his wife, Pam.

Bernard Milstein, MD, Board Member

Bernard Milstein, MD, Board MemberDr. Bernard Milstein is a nationally recognized ophthalmologist. He is a pioneer in the field of laser vision correction and has performed more than 15,000 LASIK procedures. He also is at the forefront in the surgical treatment of cataracts. A fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Milstein is a past president of the Texas Ophthalmological Association and is a member of the Texas Medical Association and the Galveston County Medical Society. He is a clinical professor of ophthalmology at The University of Texas Medical Branch and for many years instructed residents in advanced cataract and refractive surgical techniques. Dr. Milstein is a community leader, and is involved in countless committees and organizations throughout Bay Area Houston.

Robert "Bob" Mitchell, Board Member

Robert Bob Mitchell, president, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, has 34 years of experience in economic development, process controls and manufacturing management in the Houston region. He has spent more than two decades in management as a highly successful executive in both for profit and not for profit enterprises and has consistently demonstrated his ability to develop, manage and implement a strategic plan for international companies. Mitchell believes in giving back to the community and has actively donated his time in numerous capacities. In September 2009, Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Mitchell to his Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee. Mitchell also serves on numerous boards including the Manned Spaceflight Education Foundation, Inc., HCA Gulf Coast Regional Advisory Board, Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Board of Advisors, Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Gulf Coast Limestone, Inc., Houston Technology Center Advisory Board, and Communities in Schools.

Dipsu Patel, MD, Board Member

Dipsu Patel, MDAn interventional cardiologist, Dr. Patel joined the CLRMC medical staff in 2010. Prior to fellowships at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine Heart Institute, he earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch and also served as Chief Resident at George Washington University.

Catherine “Kitty” Potter, Board Member

Catherine “Kitty” Potter, Board MemberKitty Potter is Chief Financial Officer, Texas Independent Bancshares President, and board member, Texas First Bank. Potter’s responsibilities include bank management for Texas City as well as managing investments, finance and operations, and central reporting and analysis for affiliated banks. She holds Bachelor degrees in marketing and accounting as well as a Master of Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant. Potter is an inductee of the TCISD Foundation for the Future Hall of Honor and is the first recipient of the Texas First Female Banker of the Year. She has received the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Community Service and the Outstanding Citizen Award. Potter is also on the Rotary Club Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Roll of Fame. Kitty and her husband, Gary, have one son and reside in Texas City.

Eduardo Ramirez, MD, Board Member

Eduardo Ramirez, MD, Board MemberDr. Ramirez joined the staff of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in January 1996. He received his medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1990 and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Puerto Rico in 1986. Dr. Ramirez has been a member of the Inpatient Hospitalist Group since 2006. Dr. Ramirez and his wife Sigrid reside in Friendswood with their two children.

Kay Stenzel, Board Member

Kay Stenzel, Board MemberKay received her BS in Education in Missouri and has taught school in Missouri and Texas. She was a classroom teacher in Alvin and Santa Fe before retiring from teaching in the Texas City I.S.D. She has been a resident of Santa Fe since 1988, and is the mother of six children and grandmother of five. Kay is involved in numerous civic activities and volunteers extensively for Hospice. She resides in Texas City with her husband, Ralph, who is currently Mayor of the City of Santa Fe.

Edward Wheeler, MD, Board Member

Edward Wheeler, MDDr. Wheeler has been on the CLRMC medical staff for 15 years in the Department of Physical Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and is in private practice with Clear Lake Rehabilitation Associates. Dr. Wheeler is a member of the American Academy of Pain Management, the Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Congress of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – among many other professional affiliations.

Maura Walsh, President - HCA Gulf Coast Division

Maura Walsh, President - HCA Gulf Coast DivisionAs President of the HCA Gulf Coast Division, Maura Walsh is committed to continuing HCA’s legacy of excellent and compassionate care. She began her healthcare career in 1980, holding executive roles at hospitals in Vermont, Arkansas, and Texas. She joined HCA in 1987, eventually serving as CEO for three different hospitals within the division. Today, she serves as the division’s president.

Ms. Walsh has actively served as a board member for a number of local organizations, including the Greater Houston Partnership, the American Diabetes Association – Houston, the American Heart Association – Houston, and others. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Under her guidance, the division has grown to ten hospitals, eight ambulatory surgery centers, seven freestanding emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius.

Ms. Walsh has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, which gave her their 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Stephen K. Jones, Jr., CEO - Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Stephen K. Jones, Jr., CEO - Clear Lake Regional Medical CenterStephen K. Jones Jr., is CEO of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center where he is responsible for CLRMC, The Heart & Vascular Hospital, Bay Area Surgery Center, The Breast Diagnostic Center, The Wound Treatment Center, Calder Urgent Care and two free-standing Emergency Centers located in Alvin and Pearland.

Mr. Jones is responsible for just over 2,500 employees and works with approximately 1,000 physicians on the Clear Lake Regional Medical Center medical staff.

The hospital is currently undergoing a $92 million expansion, which comes on the heels of a $17 million expansion of The Heart & Vascular Hospital.

He received the American College of Healthcare Executives/Louisiana Hospital Association Early Career Healthcare Regents Award. Mr. Jones also is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and The American College of Medical Practice Executives. He also is the proud recipient of the University of Houston-Clear Lake Distinguished Alumni Award.

Michael Ehrat, Campus Administrator – Mainland Medical Center

Michael Ehrat, Campus Administrator – Mainland Medical CenterMichael served as Chief Operating Officer with Skyline Medical Center, in Nashville beginning in November of 2007. He was instrumental in the development of the Skyline Neuroscience Center of Excellence and the multi-facility TriStar Stroke and Neuroscience Network. Michael also led in the implementation of a Spine Navigator Program and multi-facility Occupational Health Program.

Michael joined Skyline from Centennial Medical Center where he served as the Associate Administrator from 2006 - 2007. He served as Director of Ancillary Services and Manager of Rehabilitation Services at Terre Haute Regional Hospital from 2001 through 2006. He also practiced as a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer from 1992-2003.

Michael attended the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois where he earned his Masters Degree in both Business Administration and Health Services Administration. He received his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Indianapolis. Michael and his wife, Cindy, have four children – Andrew, Joshua, Nathanael and Rebekah (twins).

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