I recently retired as CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a position I held since 2006. Over my tenure, Nationwide Children’s has become an elite, destination, pediatric academic medical center, seeing patients from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries. The Hospital has become a leader in the safety and quality movement as well as generating new cures and treatments through our Abigail Wexner Research Institute. We share our knowledge by teaching the next generation of providers and developing innovative community outreach programs to address critical healthcare needs. All of this is firmly wrapped in our 130-year mission to provide every child with the finest medical care regardless of their families’ ability to pay.
I was gratified to lead such a purpose-driven organization and delighted to stay on as Executive Emeritus as well as continue as Professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. I derived remarkable insights from asking all levels of staff and families for their ideas on how we can do even better. While there are successful healthcare executives who come from a broad background, my perspective gained from the practice of medicine not only influences how I prioritize the work, but also how I lead.
My passion for population health and wellness has driven my participation in legislative advocacy at the state and national level. This focus is critical to advancing children’s healthcare and I am pleased to have served as a past Chair of the Children’s Hospital Association
Away from work I love to ski, golf, bike and create home cooked meals. Reading has always been deeply meaningful to me and ranges from medical journals to contemporary literature and American history.