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Week of May 20, 2013

New executive director named at children’s, women’s hospitals

Paul A. King, who has successfully led a large, Los Angeles-based pediatric group practice for the past eight years, has been selected as the new executive director of the U-M’s top-ranked C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. King is a senior executive at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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King, who has nearly 30 years experience as a health care executive, will take his new post in August. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital was ranked 8th best in the nation this year by Parents magazine.

He is currently the chief executive officer of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group and president and chief executive officer of the Pediatric Management Group, its management services organization.

King also serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a 365-bed pediatric academic medical center in Los Angeles, where the 550-physician Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group is based.

“We are thrilled to have Paul join our team. We’ve invested in a new facility, and we wanted a strong leader to guide the strategic growth of our children’s and women’s programs and services,” says Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of the U-M Health System.

King says he’s devoted his career to health care because he enjoys the overall mission of healing and discovering ways to better fight and treat disease, especially for children.

“Health care is a calling to health and healing, and with children’s health, even more so. I love the optimism that comes with taking care of kids, the idea of caring for the future, making their lives better,” says King.

He also says he is excited and energized about working with the women’s health faculty and staff in Ann Arbor.

“There is a very talented team in place and a wonderful new facility. I look forward to working with them to create a plan to take health care delivery to the next level,” says King.

U-M Hospitals and Health Centers CEO Doug Strong, who chaired the committee that undertook the national search after the retirement of longtime children’s and women’s leader Patricia Warner, said King is well-qualified to lead the children’s and women’s team from the current position of excellence into the future. King also will help further the Mott Children’s Hospital Network of partnerships for children’s care.

King holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Nebraska, at Lincoln; and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. King also is certified as a medical practice executive.

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