As of Jan. 1, David P. Bernard assumed the role of CEO at Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, according to a news release from the hospital system.

In September, previous CEO Debra Sukin was named president of Texas Children's.

In recent years, the hospital in The Woodlands has undergone expansion, including the opening of a new tower in 2022.

The background

Formerly senior vice president with Houston Methodist, Bernard has served in several roles in the hospital system starting with an administrative fellowship program in 2000, according to the release. He has:
  • Served as vice president for 12 years
  • Built clinic, research and education programs at the hospital
  • Led the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and the J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center as they became nationally recognized centers of excellence
  • Previously served as CEO of Houston Methodist Baytown since 2015
What they're saying

“It has been an honor to serve within our values-based organization for nearly 24 years. I love Houston Methodist and our mission to serve others by providing unparalleled safety, quality, service and innovation,” Bernard said in the release. “I am excited to help build upon the outstanding work started by my amazing predecessor, Debbie Sukin, and make our institution the very best it can be and serve our community. Houston Methodist The Woodlands will continue to lead medicine and bring the consistency and quality of service that our patients have come to expect.”

“In the past eight years, [Houston Methodist] Baytown has thrived, recently rising from No. 104 in Vizient’s quality and safety rankings to No. 2 for two consecutive years. Not only has he led the improvement of care but has shared his talents and passions to rally the hospital’s employees and physicians around a shared mission,” said Marc L. Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist. “David is a very experienced leader, and HMTW will be in great hands. I am excited to see what David can accomplish there.”