HCA Gulf Coast
October 19, 2022

HOUSTON, TX — HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division President Troy Villarreal today announced Yasmene McDaniel has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, effective October 17, 2022.

McDaniel has served as interim CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast since June 2022. She joined the HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast team in July 2021 as chief operating officer (COO).

“In addition to cultivating strong relationships with Southeast’s medical staff and community leaders, Yasmene has been instrumental in the growth of service lines and in providing oversight for multiple facility construction and expansion projects,” said Villarreal. “She has a proven track record in leading strategic planning and business development initiatives and in improving colleague, patient and physician engagement. I know she will continue to utilize her operational experience to lead Southeast to even stronger years ahead.”

Driven by a calling to increase healthcare access and quality for communities in need, McDaniel has served in several healthcare leadership roles in her 15 years in hospital and physician group operations. Prior to her role at Southeast, McDaniel was the COO of Corpus Christi Medical Center. She also held multiple positions during her three-year tenure in the Houston market with HCA Healthcare Physician Services Group.

Before joining HCA Healthcare, McDaniel served as chief administrative officer at Sparks Health System in Fort Smith, Arkansas and led development initiatives for the Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida, including opening a new hospital. 

A native Texan, McDaniel holds two master’s degrees in business administration and healthcare administration from Texas Woman’s University in Denton and a bachelor of science degree from Baylor University. She is active in several community chambers of commerce, is a board member of the Southeast Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

McDaniel is the first black hospital CEO appointed to serve in the Gulf Coast Division. “I always wanted to work in healthcare and am thankful for all the opportunities I’ve experienced to prepare me for this next step in my career,” said McDaniel. “I am honored to serve HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast, which has a rich culture of providing compassionate care. I look forward to working with our care teams and medical staff to continue the longstanding legacy of providing exceptional care to our community.”