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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children CEO Kevin Churchwell Departing

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Senior Vice President, Nemours

Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Senior Vice President, Nemours, is departing to become the new Executive Vice President of Health Affairs and Chief Operating Officer (COO), at Boston Children’s Hospital, effective August 2013.

Churchwell, a pediatric critical care specialist, has been CEO of duPont Hospital for Children since December 2010. He has helped oversee a series of continued successes for Nemours. The hospital and its clinics, serving children and families from across Delaware and the Delaware Valley, continue to experience growth in both inpatient and outpatient admissions. The duPont Hospital for Children has also been recognized as one of the nation's top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report magazine, and one of the safest by the Leapfrog Group. Most recently, duPont Hospital for Children successfully achieved Magnet® recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork, and superiority in patient care.

"Kevin has done an outstanding job as the leader of our efforts in the Delaware Valley. He helped us break ground on the next phase of Nemours in Delaware. I wish him great success on his new venture," added David J. Bailey, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Nemours.

Prior to joining Nemours, Dr. Churchwell was CEO and Executive Director for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. He previously served in several other capacities, including Chief-of-Staff, Medical Director for the Children's Health and Injury Prevention Program, Medical Director for the Pediatric Critical Care Services, and Transport Director.

A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, Dr. Churchwell completed his pediatric residency and a clinical fellowship in Anesthesia and Pediatric Critical Care at Boston Children's Hospital. He is a diplomate for the National Board of Medical Examiners and is board certified with the American Board of Pediatrics.

"His leadership, skills, and past experience at Boston Children's made him a highly sought candidate for his new position. I will greatly miss our regular exchange of ideas and strategies. This is a great opportunity for Kevin and his family, and a great accomplishment," commented Roy Proujansky, MD, Chief Operating Officer, Nemours.

Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children's today is a 395-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Boston Children's also is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.