Boston Children’s Hospital Names New Executive Vice President of Health Affairs and Chief Operating Officer

May 29, 2013

Boston, Mass. – Today, Boston Children’s Hospital announced Kevin Churchwell, MD, will be the institution’s first Executive Vice President of Health Affairs and will also assume the role Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Churchwell will have responsibilities for clinical and operating functions across the institution beginning on August 5, 2013.

“I am confident that Kevin’s breadth of experience, entrepreneurial expertise and strong commitment to clinical excellence will contribute greatly to Boston Children’s,” says Sandra Fenwick, President and COO. “Kevin is the type of leader that flourishes at Boston Children’s. His innovative thinking, solid business acumen and superb clinical and academic leadership will be an excellent addition to our team.” On October 1, Fenwick will assume the position of President and CEO at Boston Children’s.

Currently, Churchwell is the CEO for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, in Wilmington, DE, overseeing all patient operations since 2010. Under his leadership, the Leapfrog Group, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, recognized Nemours/duPont as one of the 12 safest children’s hospitals, and the hospital also successfully achieved Magnet recognition as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care.

“I am honored to undertake this new role and look forward to being a part of such a dynamic, high-caliber team,” says Churchwell. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the clinicians, researchers and staff members to build upon Boston Children’s strong tradition of clinical excellence.”

Churchwell has been named one of the top 25 minority health care executives byModern Healthcare, one of the Nashville Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes, and the American Diabetes Association’s Father of the Year. He has been honored by the NAACP with their annual Image Award/Matthew Walker Healthcare Award, received the prestigious Trumpet Award, and been inducted into the Nashville Public Schools Hall of Fame for his work in outreach to public high schools.

A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, Kevin is no stranger to Boston, or to Boston Children’s, where he completed his residency in Pediatrics and a clinical fellowship in Anesthesia and Critical Care. He also served as an Attending Physician in our Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit for two years before returning to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital where he ultimately became CEO.

Rob Graham

Boston Children’s Hospital is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 1,100 scientists, including seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, 13 members of the Institute of Medicine and 14 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s today is a 395-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Boston Children’s also is a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more information about research and clinical innovation at Boston Children’s, visit: