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Nemours Children's Health System CEO Ranked Among The 50 Most Influential Physician Executives

Thursday, May 15, 2014

David J. Bailey, MD

David J. Bailey, MD

Nemours Foundation President & CEO David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, was named one of  Modern Healthcare Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders. Bailey leads Nemours Children’s Health System, an integrated children’s health system headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. that operates two free-standing hospitals and 45 pediatric and specialty care locations in four states.

The only pediatrician and children’s healthcare CEO on the 2014 list, Dr. Bailey’s vision for transforming the nation’s health focuses on instilling healthy behaviors early in a child’s development, emphasizing prevention and improving literacy in childhood, all of which are important predictors of future adult health. He believes these actions would dramatically improve the nation’s health by reducing the burden of chronic disease as well as significantly lowering the overall cost of health care.

Under his leadership, Nemours has evolved into a premier, nationally trusted resource for children’s health. In addition to focusing greater attention on population health and children’s health advocacy, in the past 3 years Nemours has invested more than $600M in capital improvements to meet the unique healthcare needs of children. This includes opening the 97-bed Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Fla., in 2012 and the expansion of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., set to open in the fall of 2014. In total these projects represent more than 1.1 million square feet of new technologically advanced and family-centered tertiary and quaternary care space. Nemours is among an elite group of U.S. health systems which have achieved HIMSS Stage 7 for both hospitals and ambulatory service sites.

A member of the Healthcare Value Network, Dr. Bailey is leading Nemours’ transformation to a culture of Continuous Improvement using Toyota LEAN principles to improve quality outcomes and safety, increase operational efficiency and ensure that patient- and family-centered care are at the heart of the Nemours experience.

A pediatric gastroenterologist by training, Dr. Bailey completed an internship and 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, Alabama; a clinical professor appointment to the Uniformed Services Medical School as director for medical student pediatric clinical training; completion of a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Florida; and appointment as Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. After leaving the military in 1987, Dr. Bailey established the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando.

In 1997, he joined Nemours when the Nemours Children’s Clinic in Orlando opened. In 2003, he was appointed the first Chief Operating Officer of Nemours with responsibility for day-to-day operations for all Nemours entities in the Delaware Valley and Florida. And in 2006 he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of The Nemours Foundation by the Board of Directors.

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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.