“Everything we do must be for the child. If it’s not, then we need to reconsider why we are doing it.”
David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, became president and CEO of the Nemours Foundation in 2006. Nemours is an integrated Children’s Health System with two freestanding hospitals in the Delaware Valley and Florida serving children from across the United States and internationally, and operating 45 primary, specialty and urgent care clinics in four states. Nemours also operates KidsHealth, ranked as the No. 1 website for children’s health care information; and is renowned for its research and medical education programs.
Under Dr. Bailey’s leadership, Nemours has sharpened its strategic focus on becoming a pre-eminent voice for children’s healthcare focused on the whole child and actively engaged in population health and children’s health advocacy initiatives.
A member of the Healthcare Value Network, Dr. Bailey is leading Nemours transformation to a culture of Continuous Improvement using the Toyota LEAN principles to improve quality outcomes and safety, increase operational efficiency and ensure the best of patient- and family-centered care.
An early adopter of the electronic health record, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont hospital in Delaware achieved HIMMS stage 7 and won the Davies Award; and Nemours Children’s Hospital in Florida and Nemours ambulatory locations in five states have all achieved the prestigious HIMMS Stage 7 top ranking. Nemours commitment to quality and safety is recognized by the Leapfrog Group safety designation as a Top Children's Hospital and Magnet Certification of its nursing program.
A pediatric gastroenterologist for more than 16 years, Dr. Bailey attended West Virginia University, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. He earned his medical degree from Penn State University. He completed his residency program in Pediatrics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. His Army Medical Corps service included duty as a pediatrician at Fort Rucker, Ala., a clinical professor appointment to the Uniformed Services Medical School as director of medical student pediatric clinical training; completion of a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Florida; and an appointment as Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. After leaving the military, Dr. Bailey established the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando and received his MBA from the University of South Florida.
Dr. Bailey is one of Modern Healthcare Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare 2015; one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives — the only pediatrician to make the 2014 list. He was also named one of the Becker’s Review 100 CEOs of Hospitals and Health Systems to Know; is the 2010 recipient of the University of West Virginia's Distinguished Alumni Award in Biological Science; and was a 2014 Jacksonville Business Journal Ultimate CEO. He is a member of the Healthcare Value Network and Modern Healthcare’s 2015 Power Panel, an editorial advisory group.
Dr. Bailey has been married to his college sweetheart, Ginny, for 42 years and is the proud father of three daughters, Jennifer, Kathryn and Rebecca, and two granddaughters, Olivia and Phoebe.