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Stephenson reflects on 10 years as Kingwood Medical CEO

January 12, 2019

After a decade of serving not only the Kingwood Medical Center but the Lake Houston Community as well, Melinda Stephenson has decided it’s time to step down and enter into retirement.

“My first thought when I started as CEO of Kingwood Medical Center was what a great honor it was to lead this amazing organization,” Stephenson said. “Within about 30 days of starting, my second thought was how fortunate I was to become a part of such an engaging community that supported the hospital’s efforts.”

During her years as CEO, Stephenson was able to expand the facility from 211 beds to 409 — with more coming in the spring. She was also able to develop the Brain and Spine Center and the Cardiovascular Center into full-service programs. Growth and expansion throughout the 10 years also created more jobs in the community.

“The journey from 2009 to 2019 has been unbelievably successful for Kingwood Medical Center. I am proud of the quality and safety outcomes that have led to the facility being named as a 2018 Top General Hospital by the Leapfrog Group on top of the patient safety score of “A” we earned in both Spring and Fall of 2018,”Stephenson said.

Not only did Stephenson invest her time in the Kingwood Medical Center, but she was also a member of the Humble ISD’s Education Foundation and the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce.

“The foundation gave me a glimpse of the spirit of the community and the compassion for ensuring the children growing up in the area were afforded all the opportunities available. The Chamber was a wonderful business experience but more importantly, a way for me to build some life long friendships,” Stephenson said.

As she enters into retirement, Stephenson is looking forward to spending more time with her family where she will focus on being a daughter, wife and a grandmother.

John Corbeil, former chief operating officer for Hospital Corporation of America’s Medical City Fort Worth will take over as the new CEO of Kingwood Medical Center on Jan. 14.

Corbeil has been with the HCA North Texas/ Medical City Healthcare Division for six years and has held several roles including Associate Chief Operating Officer at Medical City Dallas, Assistant Administrator at Medical City Fort Worth and Administrative Fellow at the HCA North Texas Division office.

kaila.contreras@chron.com

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