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HCA Affiliated Mainland Medical Center Dr. Herman Koester Lab Dedication

Mainland Medical Center June 04, 2012

Texas City, TX, May 4, 2012—HCA Affiliated Mainland Medical Center honored Dr. Herman Koester by dedicating the Mainland Medical Center Lab in his name. Mainland Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer, Xochy Hurtado, and the City of Texas City’s Commissioner for District 4, Rick Wilkenfeld, together presented a dedication plaque to Dr. Koester’s family in honor of his work and dedication to Mainland Medical Center.

Dr. Herman Koester served as Chief of Pathology for Galveston County Hospital (now Mainland Medical Center) for thirty years. Herman initiated Mainland Pathology Associates and Physicians Laboratory in 1975 and he and his partners also managed the Pathology Departments at St. John’s Hospital and Danforth Hospital in Texas City until its closing.

In addition, Dr. Herman Koester served as Chief of Staff at Mainland Medical Center and was on the Board of Directors until his retirement.  Dr. Koester was a member of the Galveston County Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association, the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the American Society of Cytologists and the American Medical Association. He served as a member of the Board of the Blood Bank, College of the Mainland Board of Trustees and the UTMB Development Board.

Dr. Herman Koester was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who passed away on Monday, December 19, 2011. It is with great honor that he is remembered through his dedication to the community and that the laboratory at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, Texas be forevermore known as the Herman Lott Koester Laboratory.

L to R: Rick Wilkenfeld, City Commissioner, District 4, Greg Koester, Dr. Jameela Ahmeduddin MD, Xochy Hurtado, COO, MMC

Family of Dr. Herman Koester

About Mainland Medical Center—a campus of Clear Lake Regional Medical Center

Located on a 31-acre campus at the corner of Emmett F. Lowry Expressway and Highway 3, Mainland Medical Center has been an integral part of Galveston County for 60 years. The hospital is an acute care facility providing quality, compassionate care with state-of-the-art services. Mainland Medical Center offers services in emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, occupational health and wellness, surgery, physical therapy, radiology, hyperbaric medicine diagnostic/imaging services and wound care facilities. Mainland Medical Center ensures residents receive the highest quality medical care right in their own community. For more information, call (409) 938-5000 or visit online at

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, cancer centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include 10 Hospitals, 7 ambulatory surgery centers, 6 diagnostic imaging facilities, 6 off-campus emergency centers, a hospital-based express care center, and a regional transfer center that provides one phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150 mile radius. For more information visit our website at

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