Marcella Doderer Named President & CEO, Arkansas Children's Hospital

LITTLE ROCK (ACH) - After an extensive national search, Marcella(Marcy) L. Doderer of San Antonio, Texas, has been named president andchief executive officer for Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH). Doderer willtake the helm of ACH effective July 15, 2013, following the June 30 retirementof ACH President & CEO Dr. Jonathan Bates. The announcement was made Fridayby ACH Board of Directors Chairman Tom Baxter.

"Weare delighted to have Marcy join and lead Arkansas Children's Hospital into ournext century of service to the children of Arkansas and their families," said Baxter."She is a dynamic leader and brings experience that will help us navigate theuncertainty of healthcare in the years ahead and improve our quality andability to better deliver a statewide system of care to Arkansas' kids."

Doderer has 20 years of health care management experience in a variety ofhospital settings. Most recently, she served as Vice President andAdministrator of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio, part ofthe CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. Doderer was instrumental in leading thetransformation from a multi-use downtown hospital campus into the freestanding,separately licensed Children's Hospital. The new campus will be fullytransformed by late 2014. She was responsible for facilitating the transition ofacademic partners from the University of Texas Health Science Center SanAntonio (UTHSCSA) to Baylor College of Medicine and in partnership with TexasChildren's Hospital.

"Throughout my health care career I'vedreamed of leading an organization such as ACH and being able to do so in myhome state of Arkansascreates a dream job," explained Doderer. "For 100 years, ACH's focus has beenon serving patients and their families; it is a humbling and excitingopportunity to be entrusted with leading that tradition. I look forward toworking with the world class clinical teams and leaders to continue enhancingour patient care delivery systems and elevating our presence as anationally-recognized leader in pediatric subspecialty care."

From 2002-2008, Doderer held the position of Vice President/AssociateAdministrator for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital. Prior to CHRISTUSSanta Rosa Children's, she served as Vice President for CHRISTUS St. Joseph'sHealth System in Paris, Texas; director, ancillary and support services forTexas Health Resources/McCuistion Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas; andleadership positions from 1994-1999 at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.

Doderer holds a Master of Arts in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa. She received her Bachelor ofScience in finance from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.Doderer serves on the boards of Children's Hospital Association, Children'sHospital Association of Texas, and South Texas Blood and Tissue Center'sFoundation. She is a member of the Texas Hospital Association's Council onPolicy Development and is a Fellow, American College of HealthcareExecutives (FACHE).

Dodereris married to Mark Doderer, PhD, a computer science professor. They have twochildren, Emily, 18, and Katherine, 15. She is a graduate of Little Rock Central High School.

ArkansasChildren's Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansasand one of the largest in the United States serving children from birth to age21. Over the past century, ACH has grown to span 29 city blocks and house 370beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics andpediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees.

The private, nonprofithealthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medicalbreakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures andforward-thinking medical research - all dedicated to "fulfilling our mission ofenhancing, sustaining and restoring children's health and development." For moreinformation, visit