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Meet Our Leadership

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center – an HCA affiliated hospital – is led by a team of more than 2,000 employees and more than 900 physicians. Supporting this team is an impressive board of trustees that includes highly-respected physicians and community business leaders.

Our board members help develop the hospital’s strategic direction, evaluate the hospital’s delivery of care, and facilitate the development of new services to ensure that our patients receive the most advanced healthcare 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:

Stephen K. Jones, Jr., Chief Executive Officer

Stephen K. Jones, Jr., CEO of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center (CLRMC), is responsible for CLRMC, The Heart & Vascular Hospital, Bay Area Surgery Center, The Breast Diagnostic Center, The Wound Treatment Center, and Calder Urgent Care.

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

Under Jones’ guidance, the hospital underwent a $92 million expansion, which followed a $17 million expansion of The Heart & Vascular Hospital. 

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

Mark Ciavaglia, Board Chairman

Mr.Ciavaglia is an attorney in Texas City with the firm Lyons & 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. Mr.Ciavaglia and his wife reside in Texas City with their three children.





Donald Cline, MD, Medical Staff Vice President-CLRMC; Chief of Staff-Mainland Medical Center

Dr. Donald M. Cline is the Chief of Staff at Mainland Medical Center and has been a member of the Mainland Medical Staff for 15 years. He graduated from UT Southwestern in Dallas where he completed a research fellowship. He completed his residency/internship at University of Houston Science Center (UTHSC) and UC Davis in California. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Cline is the father of four children and resides in League City.



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

Dr. Hammond is in private practice with the Bay Area Pediatrics Association. She previously served in several leadership roles on the medical staff at CLRMC, 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 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. Dr. Hammond is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts USA-Clear Creek Service Unit, as well as a member of the Junior League of Galveston County.


Richard Gornto, CFP

Richard 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 benefits third-party administration firm. He is a certified financial planner with more than 30 years of experience in financial and the insurance services.

Mr.Gornto 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. Mr.Gornto and his wife Janice have two children and four grandchildren. He resides in the Clear Lake area.

Patrick Koons, Jr., MD, Board Member

Dr. Koons is board certified in anesthesia. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and a Bachelor of Science in Biology 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

Dr. 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

Dr. 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 is also 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

Bob Mitchell, president, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership, has more than 30 years’ 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 non-profit enterprises, and has consistently demonstrated his ability to develop, manage, and implement strategic plans for international companies. Mr.Mitchell believes in supporting the community and has actively donated his time in numerous capacities. In September 2009, Texas Governor Rick Perry appointed Mr. Mitchell to his Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee. Mr. 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

An 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

Kitty Potter is Chief Financial Officer of 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 bachelors' degrees in marketing and accounting, as well as a Master of Business Administration, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Potter is a TCISD Foundation Future Hall of Honor inductee, and is the first recipient of the Texas First Bank-Female Banker of the Year. She has received the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Community Service and the Outstanding Citizen Award. Kitty and her husband, Gary, have one son and reside in Texas City.

Eduardo Ramirez, MD, Board Member

Dr. 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 received her Bachelor of Science 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. Kay, a mother and grandmother, is involved in numerous civic activities and volunteers for several local organizations. She resides in Texas City with her husband, Ralph, who is currently mayor of the City of Santa Fe.



Edward Wheeler, MD, Board Member

Dr. Wheeler has been on the CLRMC medical staff for several 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. He has many additional professional affiliations.



Maura Walsh, President – HCA Gulf Coast Division

As 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. In 2010, UH-Clear Lake honored Walsh with a Distinguished Alumni Award.

Michael Ehrat, Campus Administrator – Mainland Medical Center

Michael served as Chief Operating Officer at 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 the implementation of the Spine Navigator Program and the Occupational Health Program.

Michael attended the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, where he earned his master’s 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.