Chief executive officer
Yasmene McDaniel joined HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in October 2022. Since joining the team at HCA Houston Southeast in July 2021, McDaniel has cultivated strong relationships with medical staff and community leaders, and has been instrumental in the growth of service lines and provided oversight for multiple facility construction and expansion projects.
Prior to joining HCA Houston Southeast, McDaniel served as the chief operating officer at Corpus Christi Medical Center (CCMC). During her tenure at CCMC, she grew the hospital's robotics program, oversaw the opening of ER 24/7 Rockport and supported trauma designations for multiple facilities.
She has also held several leadership positions with Sparks Health System in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida, and Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas. She is a board member of the Southeast Texas Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
McDaniel earned two master's degrees in business administration and healthcare administration from Texas Woman’s University and she has a bachelor of science degree from Baylor University.
Jonathan Clarke, MD, FACEP
Chief medical officer
Jonathan Clarke, MD, FACEP, is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast. Dr. Clarke is an accomplished veteran, physician leader, healthcare executive and entrepreneur who brings a diverse set of experiences and perspectives to the role. He has most recently served as the chief physician executive at Oxford VR, an Optum Ventures portfolio company delivering technology leveraged behavioral healthcare services via virtual reality.
Dr. Clarke previously served as the regional medical director for Envision Healthcare in Dallas, Texas, where he was responsible for over 30 providers and 60,000 emergency department visits annually. In this role, he led significant improvements in sepsis, STEMI, and stroke quality measures, while simultaneously reducing throughput. He held multiple hospital committee leadership positions and led accreditation and reaccreditation of chest pain, stroke and trauma programs.
Dr. Clarke earned his doctor of medicine from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in 2002. Following additional training in aerospace physiology, he was designated a U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon in 2003 and served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in 2009 and went on to serve as an emergency physician in Afghanistan during the Battle of Sangin.
Dr. Clarke transferred to the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 2014, where he is also a designated flight surgeon, and continues to serve as an inactive reservist. He is board certified in emergency medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is currently enrolled in the Healthcare Management Executive MBA program at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Chief operating officer
Renee Ford joined HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in December 2022. She previously served as vice president of operations at HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball where she provided oversight for all ancillary departments as well as strategic leadership for the oncology, women’s and rehabilitation service lines.
Ford brings 38 years of hospital operations experience to her new role. She has worked within HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division for over 25 years, holding various leadership positions including division ethics and compliance officer, a role which she held for 11 years.
Dedicated to helping the greater Houston community, Ford has a strong history of volunteering and supporting several not-for-profit charities including Meals on Wheels, Houston Food Bank, Champions for Hope, Families Feeding Families, American Heart Association and March of Dimes. She has been an active member of St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Community for 33 years and has served in numerous roles.
She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association and Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association. Ford also graduated from HCA Healthcare’s Executive Development Program in 2019 where she was recognized as the Outstanding Associate of the Cohort.
Ford received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and her master’s degree from the University of Houston.
Chief nursing officer
Gurvir Saini joined HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast as chief nursing officer (CNO) in April 2022. In this role, Saini provides executive-level leadership for nursing operations, including management of all nurses and nurse leaders to ensure consistency in the hospital’s practice standards. She also spearheads initiatives related to nursing colleague engagement, quality, patient safety and overall patient experience across the hospital and affiliated sites of care.
Saini most recently served as assistant CNO at HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake. She has also served as director of nursing at HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe and director of nursing for the medical-surgical, intermediate medical care and stroke units at HCA Houston Clear Lake.
Saini received her bachelor's degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing administration from the University of Texas in Arlington. She graduated from the HCA Healthcare Advanced Leadership program in 2021 and will graduate from the HCA Healthcare Executive Development program in late 2022.