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Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Board Chair, Hermann Hospital


An oral history interview with Melinda Perrin about her career in the Texas Medical Center and work on the board of Hermann Hospital and later Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.

Melinda Hill Perrin was born into a family known for the leadership it has provided both the city of Houston and the state of Texas. Her father John Hill served as the Texas’ secretary of state, then attorney general and finally Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court. Her work in the community and the non-profit sector led to her selection as a member of the Board of Hermann Hospital during its most controversial period. She was board chair when Hermann merged with the Memorial Health Care System in 1997, a perilous project that’s success meant the strengthening of two of the city’s most important healthcare institution. That work gives her a unique view of Houston, its institutions and the future of healthcare not only locally but across the nation. She is a volunteer and her willingness to provide leadership in that role makes her a role model for women in every walk of life.


Interview by: Ruth SoRelle, MPH
Transcription: Danielle Bustillos SoRelle, PhD



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