New Arkansas Children's Hospital CEO Marcy Doderer Pledges to Listen First

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, May. 20, 2013 12:00 am  

Marcy Doderer

While working at the children’s hospital in San Antonio, Doderer helped transform the organization into a freestanding, separate children’s hospital. It had been operating as a hospital within a hospital, she said.

Doderer also was responsible for changing the academic partners from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio to Baylor College of Medicine and forming a partnership with Texas Children’s Hospital.

After learning that Bates announced his retirement in December, Doderer didn’t immediately jump at the chance to return to Arkansas.

“Given the exciting things that are happening in San Antonio, … I can’t leave what’s happening here,” she said. “I’m doing great things.”

But her mind kept returning to the opening at ACH.

Then she asked her husband, Mark, if she should apply for the job and he said yes.

“It was the draw to lead an exceptional organization like Arkansas Children’s Hospital,” Doderer said. “And it was the draw to be able to come back to Little Rock.”



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