Doderer to lead Children’s Hospital


Marcella L. Doderer of San Antonio, Texas, was named Friday as president and CEO at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, effective July 15.

Doderer will take over for Jonathan Bates, who retires on June 30.

“We are delighted to have Marcy join and lead Arkansas Children’s Hospital into our next century of service to the children of Arkansas and their families,” Tom Baxter, chairman of the ACH Board of Directors, said in a news release.

“She is a dynamic leader and brings experience that will help us navigate the uncertainty of health care in the years ahead and improve our quality and ability to better deliver a statewide system of care to Arkansas’ kids.”

Doderer has 20 years of health care management experience, most recently as vice president and administrator of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, part of the Christus Santa Rosa Health System.

Durng her tenure, the hospital went from a multi-use downtown hospital campus into a freestanding, separately licensed children’s hospital. Doderer was also led the transition of academic partners from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio to Baylor College of Medicine and in partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital.

“Throughout my health care career I’ve dreamed of leading an organization such as ACH and being able to do so in my home state of Arkansas creates a dream job,” Doderer said. “For 100 years, ACH’s focus has been on serving patients and their families; it is a humbling and exciting opportunity to be entrusted with leading that tradition.

“I look forward to working with the world class clinical teams and leaders to continue enhancing our patient care delivery systems and elevating our presence as a nationally-recognized leader in pediatric subspecialty care.”

A graduate of Little Rock Central High Schoo, Doderer has a master of arts in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa. She received her bachelor of science in finance from Trinity University in San Antonio.

From 2002-2008, she was vice president/associate administrator for Christus Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital. Before that, she was vice president for Christus St. Joseph’s Health System in Paris, Texas; director of ancillary and support services for Texas Health Resources/McCuistion Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas; and held various leadership positions from 1994-1999 at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.