GALVESTON, Texas – Executive vice president and CEO of the health system at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Donna K. Sollenberger, is the new board chair for America’s Essential Hospitals, a national association of hospitals dedicated to high-quality care for all.

"I am honored to serve as board chair of America's Essential Hospitals,” Sollenberger said. “Our association serves as a strong advocate for essential hospitals - those that care for people who face economic hardships and that provide vital, lifesaving services and physician training for communities. I am proud to chair the board of an organization that ensures the voices of underserved patients are heard, and advocates for access and equitable care for all."

Sollenberger, who joined UTMB in 2009, has overseen an aggressive expansion of UTMB services, including the opening of the Jennie Sealy Hospital, the League City Campus and the addition of UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus. 

Sollenberger is responsible for operational and financial oversight for the patient care enterprise that includes UTMB’s hospitals, a network of campus and community-based clinics and the correctional managed care program that provides care to the majority of the state’s incarcerated population.

Under Sollenberger’s leadership, UTMB has received numerous awards for increasing positive patient outcomes.

Recognizing Sollenberger’s achievement Dr. David L. Callender, president of UTMB said, “UTMB is extremely proud that she will be helping lead such a well-regarded organization. Ms. Sollenberger epitomizes our highest standards at UTMB and I know that she will be a tremendous asset to the board of America’s Essential Hospitals.”