Children’s Hospital Central California welcomes Gordon L. Alexander, Jr., MD, as the Hospital’s new president and chief executive officer.
“I am very impressed with the solid foundation that Children’s Hospital has built and the excellent care and service it provides,” said Dr. Alexander, who began his new role this month. “I am looking forward to getting to know the Hospital and community, and doing what I can to help take Children’s to the next level.”
Dr. Alexander comes to Children's Hospital from Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, Minn., where he served as president of the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital and University of Minnesota Medical Center for the past 11 years. At the University of Minnesota, he oversaw 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.
During his tenure he instituted a performance management system that has resulted in strong financial performance, and led a strategic planning process that 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 chief medical officer and senior medical director Fairview Clinics at the same organization in the mid-1990s. 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.
Dr. Alexander succeeds William F. Haug who let Children’s Board of Trustees know last year of his intention not to renew his contract. Haug came to Children’s in 2000. To find the right person for this important position, the board of trustees conducted a national search and several months of interviews.