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Connecticut Children’s Names New CEO and President (Hartford, CT)

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The Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Board of Directors, today, named James E. Shmerling, D.H.A. as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Shmerling will assume his responsibilities as President and Chief Executive Officer on November 2, 2015.

For the past seven years, Dr. Shmerling served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Children’s Hospital, Colorado. During his time in this position, he directed successful efforts to renegotiate a joint operating agreement between Children’s Hospital and The University of Colorado, implement an integrated health record system, relocate the hospital to a new campus and increase the hospital’s endowment, which grew from $250m to $780m during his tenure.

Prior to joining Children’s Hospital, Colorado, Dr. Shmerling served as Chief Executive Officer of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from 2002 to January 2007. He also served as the Senior Vice President of Methodist Healthcare and President of Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center from 1995 to 2002, and was Le Bonheur’s Chief Operating Officer from 1991 to 1995.

Dr. Shmerling replaces Martin J. Gavin, Connecticut Children’s current President and Chief Executive Officer, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

October 6, 2015