Irene Helsinger

Managing Director,
Member of the Board of Directors
Houston, TX
Healthcare Technology Education

"Sustained employee engagement transforms vision to reality."

Areas of Engagement

  • Advise CEO’s and Boards on developing and executing strategic human capital plans which create momentum and advance achievement of company goals.
  • Assess company culture, determine the target culture necessary to achieve vision and drive changes through enlisting support at all levels, with a special focus on high performers.
  • Enable companies to win the “War for Talent” through innovative strategies to hire the cream of the crop, engage high performers and retain them.
About Irene

Irene Helsinger brings to Newport a strong background as an operating executive in the healthcare industry, specifically hospitals.

She was a senior executive in one of the nation’s leading healthcare systems, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, for over 20 years. In that time Irene rose to senior positions in Human Resources and then to Chief Administrative Officer and ultimately Chief Operating Officer of its most prestigious affiliate. At St. Luke’s she was responsible for achievements in such key areas as organization design, productivity improvement,  cultural transformation, building employee engagement, talent development, rewards programs and startup development including joint ventures with physicians.

After overseeing the development and construction of a community hospital, she was selected as Chairman of the Board.

Irene also served as COO of the Texas Heart Institute, involved in design and development of systems to expand the Institute’s services. She also collaborated with officials in China and institutions in other major countries to establish a Health Village in Abu Dhabi.

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Client Results

Led successful initiatives to be recognized as an Employer of Choice, including selection as one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” three times, and one of the Houston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work in Houston” for six consecutive years.

Developed business model, policies and procedures to expand a medical center hospital to a regional healthcare provider of inpatient and outpatient services.

As Chair of the Board of Directors, developed a joint venture hospital, overseeing design, construction, compliance, physician and staff recruitment, onboarding, training, hospital opening and initial operations.