The Children's Hospital Central California Board of Trustees has announced that Gordon L. Alexander, Jr., MD will become President and CEO of the Hospital. Dr. Alexander will come to Children's Hospital this summer from Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he has served as the President of the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital and University of Minnesota Medical Center for the last 11 years. He currently oversees an 800-bed hospital including the 207-bed children's hospital and a 200-bed behavioral hospital with over 35,000 admissions per year and 450,000 annual visits per year. In his tenure there, he instituted a performance management system which has resulted in strong financial performance and led a strategic planning process which has improved quality and patient safety and expanded access for services to children. In addition, he has partnered with the University's Foundation to raise more than $50 million for the Children's Hospital.
Dr. Alexander also served as the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Medical Director Fairview Clinics at the same organization in the mid-90s. He joined Fairview in 1980 as an Ob/Gyn with Southdale Obstetrics and Gynecology, P.A. He attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis/St. Paul where he earned a bachelor's degree in business and a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Children’s current CEO and President, William F. Haug, let the Board of Trustees know last year that he would not be renewing his contract. Haug came to Children’s Hospital in 2000. The transition of leadership will take place over summer.