LITTLE ROCK, ARK. (July 15, 2013) - Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) begins a new era today as Marcy Doderer, FACHE (Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives), starts her position as president and chief executive officer of the state's only pediatric medical center. In a brief ceremony for employees and ACH supporters, Doderer addressed the community, expressing her excitement about leading ACH in its second century of service to Arkansas children.
During the event, Doderer also received the "keys" to ACH - a giant ring of brightly colored children's toy keys - from Tom Baxter, chairman of the ACH Board of Directors. The gesture symbolized ACH's chief priority: unlocking a future in which children can be unburdened by injury and illness.
The ACH Board of Directors named Doderer to the hospital's top position in early May after an extensive national search. She follows Jonathan Bates, MD, who retired from the role on June 30 after 20 years of service .
"Marcy is a dynamic leader and brings experience that will help us navigate the uncertainty of healthcare in the years ahead and improve our quality and ability to better deliver a statewide system of care to Arkansas' kids," Baxter said when announcing Doderer's hire.
Doderer has 20 years of health care management experience in a variety of hospital settings. Most recently, she served as vice president and administrator of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio, part of the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. Doderer was instrumental in leading the transformation from a multi-use downtown hospital campus into the freestanding, separately licensed children's hospital. The new campus will be fully transformed by late 2014. She was responsible for facilitating the transition of academic partners from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) to Baylor College of Medicine and in partnership with Texas Children's Hospital.
"Throughout my health care career I've dreamed of leading an organization such as ACH and being able to do so in my home state of Arkansas creates a dream job," Doderer said. "For 100 years, ACH's focus has been on serving patients and their families; it is a humbling and exciting opportunity to be entrusted with leading that tradition. I look forward to working with the world class clinical teams and leaders to continue enhancing our patient care delivery systems and elevating our presence as a nationally recognized leader in pediatric subspecialty care."
From 2002-2008, Doderer held the position of vice president/associate administrator for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital. Prior to CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's, she served as vice president for CHRISTUS St. Joseph's Health System in Paris, Texas; director, ancillary and support services for Texas Health Resources/McCuistion Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas; and leadership 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 of science in finance from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Doderer serves on the boards of Children's Hospital Association, Children's Hospital Association of Texas, and South Texas Blood and Tissue Center's Foundation. She is a member of the Texas Hospital Association's Council on Policy Development and is a Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Doderer is married to Mark Doderer, PhD, a computer science professor. They have two children, Emily, 18, and Katherine, 15. She is a graduate of Little Rock Central High School.