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Children’s Hospital Association Appoints CEO Of Cook Children’s To Its Board

The CEO of Cook Children’s Medical Center has been named to the Children’s Hospital Association’s board of trustees for 2016.
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The CEO of Cook Children’s Medical Center has been named to the Children’s Hospital Association’s board of trustees for 2016.

Rick Merrill began his term on Jan. 1, joining Dr. Susan Distefano, the CEO of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, as the representatives from Texas on the national board.

“Serving on the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Trustees is a great opportunity to work toward solutions to the challenges all children’s hospitals face in providing the highest quality and safest care, and improving care coordination while reducing health care expenses for all our patients,” he said in a statement.

The Children’s Hospital Association counts more than 200 facilities among its members. Merrill was appointed an officer, serving as treasurer for the group. Below are the rest of the board members:

Officers

Steve Allen, MD, Chair, Board of Trustees
CEO, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Madeline Bell, Vice Chair & Chair-elect
President and CEO, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Amy B. Mansue, Secretary, Board of Trustees
President and CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Mountainside, NJ

Rick W. Merrill, Treasurer, Board of Trustees
President and CEO, Cook Children’s Health Care System, Fort Worth, TX

Members

Michael D. Aubin, FACHE
Hospital President, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

Kimberly Cripe
President and CEO, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA

Susan Distefano, RN, MSN
CEO, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, TX

Sandra L. Fenwick
President and CEO, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Paul A. King
Executive Director, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Kurt Newman, MD
President and CEO, Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC

Peggy Troy, RN, MSN
President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Katy Welkie, RN, MBA
CEO, Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT

Mark Wietecha
President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Association, Washington, DC

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