Health & Wellness Spotlight: Mario J. Garner, Ed.D, FACHE


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Mario Julien Garner is making waves in the healthcare industry. Garner currently serves as Vice President of Operations for both Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.  We are proud to shine this Health & Wellness spotlight on Garner for Black History Month.

About Mario J. Garner, Ed.D, FACHE

Mario J. Garner, Ed.D, FACHE

Garner graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology. He earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Tulane University and a doctor of education degree in administration and supervision from the University of Houston.

Before joining Memorial Hermann in 2015, Garner served for two years as the inaugural president and chief executive officer of New Orleans East Hospital, overseeing the re-establishment of a full-service inpatient hospital to serve the communities that were severely damaged during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to that, he was chief operations officer at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin, Georgia; chief operating officer and ethics and compliance officer at The Regional Medical Center of Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana; and associate administrator at West Houston Medical Center.

Garner is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the National Association of Health Service Executives. He is a member of the LSU National Diversity Advisory Board; a guest lecturer for the LSU College of Science and holds an assistant adjunct professor appointment at Tulane University School of Public Health.  He is also a Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  Garner formerly hosted “Meet the Doctor” segments on WDIG TV in Dublin, Georgia, as well as a radio talk show on WBOK radio in New Orleans. Garner has served the community as a Rotarian since 2011.

Garner’s list of honors and accolades include:

  • 2016 Young Alumnus of the Year by the LSU National Alumni Association
  • Inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction
  • 2015 Outstanding Alumnus by the University of Houston, College of Education
  • Listed among 25 Rising Stars in Healthcare under age 40 by Becker’s Hospital Review
  • American College of Healthcare Executives’ Robert S. Hudgens Award for “2015 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year”
  • Modern Healthcare Magazine’s “2014 Up & Comer” Award
  • 2014 City of New Orleans Outstanding Millennial in Healthcare
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity New Orleans Chapter 2014 Citizen of the Year
  • Ebony Magazine’s Top 30 Leaders under age 30

About Memorial Hermann

Memorial Hermann is a fully integrated health system with more than 250 care delivery sites throughout the greater Houston area. Memorial Hermann is committed to delivering safe, high-quality, patient centered care and offers world-class clinical expertise, innovation and cutting-edge technology to all patients. The System, with its exceptional affiliated medical staff and more than 25,000 employees provides compassionate, superior service while advancing health in Southeast Texas. Their efforts continue to result in national awards and recognition.

Garner accepting his 2016 Trailblazer HMWP Award

The largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas, Memorial Hermann has 16 hospitals and numerous specialty programs and services conveniently located throughout the Greater Houston area. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is the primary teaching hospital for McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and home to the Memorial Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute, the nation’s busiest Level I trauma center.  They offer leading-edge diagnostic technologies and treatment techniques as well as Houston’s first health information exchange that shares vital patient data among care providers, helping to ensure patients receive the right care at the right time.

 The Memorial Hermann Physician Network, MHMD, comprises physicians from Memorial Hermann Medical Group, UTHealth and private physicians and specialists. Memorial Hermann Health Solutions’ subsidiaries offer comprehensive, integrated health solutions that deliver quality benefits while helping to contain costs. They have proudly served this community for more than 105 years, and contribute some $451 million annually through school-based health centers and other programs.

Memorial Hermann National Recognition Includes:

  • National Quality Healthcare Award
  • National Health System Patient Safety Leadership Award
  • Eisenberg Patient Safety Award
  • UHC Quality Leadership Award
  • Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award (6 facilities)
  • Quality Improvement Award (Pain Recovery Program)
  • Magnet Nursing Recognition

About Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital

Located in dynamic Pearland, one of the fastest-growing communities in the country, Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital brings the expertise of the Memorial Hermann Health System close to home, making the region’s top medical experts available to families in the Pearland/Brazoria County area. The hospital features advanced medical equipment and state-of-the-art technology used to address diverse healthcare needs, from quick outpatient visits to procedures requiring highly specialized inpatient care.

Memorial Hermann Pearland currently offers 64 inpatient beds (medical/surgical, intensive and cardiac care, and labor and delivery). The hospital also features operating rooms, cardiac catheterization, nuclear medicine and endoscopy suites.

If a higher level of care is needed, Memorial Hermann Pearland patients can be transported within minutes to Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center or Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital by Memorial Hermann Life Flight®.

Centers & Specialties at Pearland Hospital

  • Emergency Room
  • Imaging Center
  • Heart & Vascular Services
  • Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
  • Physical, Speech, & Occupational Therapy
  • Surgery Services
  • Women’s Health

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