Senior Vice President and CEO
Senior Vice President & Chief Executive Officer
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network
An accomplished healthcare executive, Jerry A. Ashworth has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare administration. After joining the leadership team at TIRR Memorial Hermann in 2014, he provided oversight and leadership for hospital operations until his promotion to Senior Vice President & Chief Executive Officer in 2018.
Jerry believes strongly in TIRR Memorial Hermann’s mission of ensuring independence and inclusion for people with disabilities and is actively involved in creating exceptional patient experiences.
During his tenure as COO, he assumed the role of executive sponsor for the TIRR adaptive sports teams, accompanying the Junior Hotwheels team each year they have competed and claimed the National Wheelchair Basketball Championship in 2015 and 2018. He also supported the Division III Adult Hotwheels team when they competed and claimed the National Wheelchair Basketball Championship in 2016. Jerry actively promotes community awareness of disability issues and services by participating in activities such as ReelAbilities Houston, Ms. Wheelchair Texas and by leading events such as REV UP to promote voter registration for people with disabilities. He also serves on the Houston Mayor’s Commission Against Gun Violence. The commission’s goal is to improve gun safety in schools, neighborhoods and communities through action on the local, state and federal levels.
He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and board certified in healthcare management, as a graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future Leadership Forum, an organization that guides emerging and proven leaders to a new understanding of and a new sense of personal accountability for the future of the region, as well as a graduate of the American Leadership Forum (ALF), Class XLI. The ALF program focuses on the principles of a different kind of leadership that empowers Fellows to envision effective solutions and take coordinated action to address the community’s pressing issues. Nominated by frontline staff and fellow leaders, Jerry was recognized as one of Houston Business Journal’s 2019 Most Admired CEOs.
Jerry can often be seen rounding on patient floors and therapy gyms at TIRR Memorial Hermann, helping patients, families and visitors feel welcome and personally connected to the hospital leadership team. His leadership style demonstrates a high level of engagement with staff and physicians, and a deep understanding of the goals of the patients we serve.