Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center announced Oct. 4 that chief operating officer Steve Davis, MD, will succeed Michael Fisher as president and chief executive officer.
Davis, 59, who joined Cincinnati Children’s as chief operating officer in September 2015, will become CEO on Nov. 22, 2021. Fisher, 62, announced in April that he intended to retire as CEO after leading the healthcare system for 12 years.
Mark Jahnke, chair of the Board of Trustees and leader of a national search to find Fisher's successor, said the board voted Oct. 4 on the selection of Davis as the next chief executive.
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Jahnke said the experience of Davis, both as a pediatric critical care physician and as a highly accomplished hospital operations executive, positions Cincinnati Children's well for the future.
"A strong pool of qualified candidates was considered – and in the end, Steve was the clear choice,” Jahnke said. “In addition to medical expertise, Steve brings exceptional problem-solving skills and a collaborative nature to the position of chief executive. He is 100% all in – and inspires others with his work ethic, which ensures the best outcomes for the children in our care. Steve is a husband, the father of four, and grandfather of two, and his compassion is evident in how he has helped lead the medical center in recent years. He is a relentless advocate for children and families.”
Cincinnati Children's is the region's largest hospital and second largest employer – a $2.6 billion nonprofit with a workforce of more than 16,500. Davis was interim CEO for six months during 2018, and he worked closely with the board at that time.
Davis also was the driving force in construction of the medical center's largest expansion ever, a Critical Care Building to serve patients with cancer, heart ailments and other complex conditions. Set to open Nov. 6, the $600 million facility also features a state-of-the-art emergency department to serve the residents of Cincinnati and surrounding neighborhoods.
“I came to Cincinnati Children’s because I want to change the world of healthcare – for children in Cincinnati and beyond,” Davis said. “I envision a world where all children can reach their full potential – where racial and economic disparities have been eliminated, and where the ZIP code you were born in doesn’t shorten your life expectancy or quality of life.
“At Cincinnati Children’s, our people have the expertise, dedication, and heart to transform child health,” Davis added. “Our clinical excellence, focus on safety and improvement, and deep research experience is unmatched. Our collaborative spirit provides the space for each of us to learn, grow, and thrive. It is a remarkable organization, and I am proud to work here.”