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Newark, DE – Mary Kate Mouser has been appointed Executive Director of Nemours Health & Prevention Services (NHPS), the health promotion and disease prevention arm of the Nemours pediatric health system. In this role, Mouser oversees the 60-person operating division based in Newark, DE, the mission of which is to improve child health outcomes through a population-level approach to physical and emotional wellness. Mouser is transitioning to the new position and will assume her duties full time on June 1, 2011.
Mouser comes to Nemours from Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN, where she was Associate Director of Communications, Advocacy, Government Relations and Community Relations. There, in a role she had held since 2008, Mouser served at the executive level coordinating all aspects of communications, advocacy, policy and community outreach. In addition, Mouser led the formation and management of Vanderbilt Children’s Health Improvement and Prevention, an initiative to improve the lives of children through outreach, education, treatment, intervention and prevention programs beyond the walls of the children’s hospital. Mouser had been employed by Vanderbilt in positions of progressive responsibility since 2006.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Mouser earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. She holds a master’s degree in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University. Mouser has been active in the Nashville community serving on various charitable, business, and early childhood boards and committees. She succeeds Mariane Stefano, Nemours Managing Director of Service Excellence, who had been Acting Executive Director for NHPS since 2009.
Operational since 2004, NHPS has made significant inroads in stemming the rising tide of childhood obesity in Delaware with its 5-2-1-Almost None healthy eating, active living initiatives. In recent months, NHPS has expanded its scope of work beyond obesity prevention to broadly encompass a holistic view of child wellness. Its approach includes partnerships with state agencies, policymakers, community-based organizations and child advocates to reach children wherever they live, learn and play.
Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, who took the reins as CEO of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in December 2010, and also formerly of Vanderbilt, said: “Mary Kate Mouser is an outstanding leader with a passion for work and for life. It is with great esteem and pleasure that we welcome her to the Nemours family and the state of Delaware. Her experience, her work ethic and her exuberance will be a tremendous asset to the organization and the community.”
Mouser, who is married and has two young children, said she and her family are looking forward to the new opportunity. “My family and I are excited to be joining a community and organization that care deeply about children’s health, now and in the future. I am eager to begin working with the staff and faculty of Nemours and partners in the community to make a difference in the lives of children.”