Marcella Doderer Named CEO of Arkansas Children's Hospital

Arkansas Children’s Hospital on Friday named Marcella L. Doderer of San Antonio, Texas, as its new president and CEO. Doderer will take over July 15 after the June 30 retirement of Jonathan Bates.

"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," ACH Board of Directors Chairman Tom Baxter said in a news release.

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

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

There, Doderer led the transformation of the facility from a multi-use downtown hospital campus into a freestanding, separately licensed children’s hospital. Doderer was also responsible for leading 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."

Doderer is a graduate of Little Rock Central High School. She 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 served 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.

She's on the boards of Children's Hospital Association, Children's Hospital Association of Texas, and South Texas Blood and Tissue Center's Foundation. She is a member of the Texas Hospital Association's Council on Policy Development and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.