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Children’s Hospital Colorado CEO James E. Shmerling Elected Chair of the Children’s Hospital Association Board

On Jan. 1, 2014, James E. (Jim) Shmerling, CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado, began his year-long term as chair of the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Trustees. Shmerling’s 33 years of leadership experience in children’s hospitals qualifies him to lead the 13-member board representing the nation’s children’s hospitals as it oversees the industry’s efforts to advance policy, care and cost solutions for children with medical complexity and advance pediatric quality initiatives.

“I am honored to be serving as chair of the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Trustees,” said Shmerling. “As part of my role, I look forward to continuing to work with the Association on a federal level to help improve care and reduce costs for medically complex children enrolled in the Medicaid program. With the uncertainty that surrounds health care reform, I’m committed to representing our nation’s children’s hospitals to ensure children’s needs stay at the forefront.”

“I am excited for Jim to lead the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Trustees and to have the opportunity to work with him more closely over the next year,” said Mark Wietecha, president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Association and fellow board member. “Jim’s leadership will be invaluable as the children’s hospital community is poised to make changes to improve access and decrease costs for patients who rely on continuous specialized care.”

Prior to joining Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2007, Shmerling was CEO of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. Shmerling earned his Bachelor of Science in health education from the University of Tennessee, his Master of Science in hospital and health administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, his Master of Science in business administration from Stamford University, and his doctorate in health administration and policy from the Medical University of South Carolina. Shmerling serves as chairman of the board of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and is a board member of the Children’s Hospital Group in Ireland.

The complete list of the Children Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees is as follows:


James E. Shmerling, DHA, Chair, Board of Trustees
CEO, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver, CO

Peggy Troy, RN, MSN, Vice Chair and Chair Elect, Board of Trustees
President and CEO, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Milwaukee, WI

Amy B. Mansue, Secretary, Board of Trustees
President and CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Mountainside, NJ

Thomas D. Kmetz, Treasurer, Board of Trustees
Division President, Women’s & Children’s Services President; Kosair Children’s Hospital Louisville, KY


Steve J. Allen, MD
CEO, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Madeline Bell
President and COO, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Christopher G. Dawes
President and CEO, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto, CA

Christopher J. Durovich
President and CEO, Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Herman B. Gray, MD
CEO, Children’s Hospital of Michigan; and Executive Vice President of Pediatric Health Services, Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI

Jeff Sperring, MD, FAAP
President and CEO, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

Mark Wietecha
President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Association

Karen R. Wolfson
Trustee, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

Steve Worley President and CEO,
Children’s Hospital, New Orleans, LA

The Children’s Hospital Association advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care. Representing more than 220 children’s hospitals, the Association advances public policy enabling hospitals to better serve children, and is the premier resource for pediatric data and analytics driving improved clinical and operational performance of member hospitals.