El Paso's Children's Hospital Names CEO


POSTED: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 12:41pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 7, 2010 - 6:54pm

El Paso, TX -- El Paso's first-ever, separately licensed Children's Hospital has its first CEO. The Board of Directors of El Paso Children's Hospital has hired Lawrence G. Duncan of Milwaukee, Wisconsin to lead the 148 -bed pediatric hospital, which will open in the spring of 2012. He will begin work on July 1, 2010.

"Above all else, the board of El Paso Children's Hospital is committed to ensuring excellence. That is our promise to the children of El Paso," says Sam Legate, Board Chair. " We are keeping that promise in the hiring of Larry Duncan. He is a proven leader with an impressive track record and we know his experience at two of America's top-rated pediatric hospitals will serve this community well."

Duncan currently holds the position of Vice President of Regional Services for Children's Hospital and Health System (CHHS) in Milwaukee, where he is responsible for two hospitals within the system. CHHS is an independent healthcare system with 14 entities dedicated to improving the lives of children through care giving, advocacy, research and teaching. It was rated the third best U.S. children's hospital in 2009 by Parent Magazine and earned a top-10 rating in five specialty areas: emergency medicine (No. 2), neonatology (No.5), pulmonary medicine (No.7), heart care (No.9) and cancer care (No. 10).

Prior to his work in Milwaukee, Duncan held several positions at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the nation's first pediatric hospital. It is routinely recognized as one of the top two children's hospitals in America by U.S. News and World Report, Parents magazine and Child magazine. Duncan's last role at CHOP was Director of Specialty Care.

I am honored to be selected to help lead El Paso Children's Hospital by continuing the work started by its Board, UMC's Board and leadership team, Texas Tech and El Paso's pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. Together, we will create a world class pediatric hospital that brings hope and healing to the region's children. ~Lawrence G. Duncan

Duncan graduated from the University of Norte Dame with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned his Master of Science in Health Systems Management from Rush University in Chicago. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions and the Medical  Group Management Association. He has worked in the healthcare arena since 1987.

The native of Bay City, Michigan, Duncan is married to Dawn Duncan and they have two children.

Duncan's hiring follows a four-month nationwide search which netted 16 applicants. Members of the Board of El Paso Children's Hosptial appointed a search committee, including Jagdish Patel, MD, representing local pediatricians in private practice and community representative Myrna Deckert, to screen the applications and narrow the field to four. After several rounds of interviews, the field was again narrowed to two and the finalists were invited back for additional interviews by the full Children's Hospital Board, El Paso pediatricians in private practice, members of UMC's Medical Staff and the administrative teams of UMC and Texas Tech.

El Paso Children's Hospital Board members are: Sam Legate, Chair, John Guggedahl, MD, Vice Chair, Sadhana Chheda, MD, Secretary, Carlos Gutierrez, MD, Steve DeGroat, Anne Semmer-Grieshop, The Honorable Thomas Spieczny, David Osborn, Mary Lou Camarena, Rosemary CAstillo, and Kristin Cox. Also serving as ex-officio members are Cynthia Vizcaino-Villa, James N. Valenti, Manuel de la Rosa, MD and Phil Rivera.)

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