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Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Names New President and CEO

Children's COO Roger A. Oxendale assumes leadership of Children's

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees today announced that Roger A. Oxendale will become the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the hospital. Oxendale's tenure at Children's began in 1995 when he was named chief financial officer, a position he held until 2000 when he was promoted to chief operating officer (COO) and executive vice president.

As the hospital's COO and executive vice president, Oxendale oversaw all aspects of day-to-day operations. Oxendale was also a key member of the senior management team that orchestrated a significant financial turnaround for Children's during the late 1990s.

"Roger's experience and dedication will ensure that Children's will continue to provide world-renowned patient care, education and research to benefit the children we serve," said Mary Jo Howard Dively, chair, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees.

As one of the key negotiators for Children's merger with UPMC, Oxendale played a vital role in facilitating the construction of a world-class, state-of-the-art pediatric campus currently being built in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, Pa., that will include both clinical and research facilities. He was the senior executive responsible for founding Children's Community Pediatrics, the largest pediatric and adolescent primary care medical network in western Pennsylvania, with 91 pediatricians in 25 locations across six counties.

Prior to joining Children's, Oxendale was a senior financial executive with the Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation, and served as senior audit manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Pittsburgh. He holds a master's degree and bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Oxendale serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations that focus on young people. His current and past board memberships include The Pittsburgh Project, Mission Meadows, Coalition for Christian Outreach, Covenant Bible College Foundation and the Lawrenceville Development Corporation. Oxendale makes his home in Pittsburgh with his wife, Diane, and their three daughters.

This announcement comes after Ronald L. Violi announced in September that he will focus his efforts as president and CEO of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, the fund-raising arm of the hospital. Violi, who has been serving as president and CEO of both the hospital and Foundation, will now concentrate on the task of raising funds for the construction of the new hospital campus, as well as enhancing Children's programs.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to lead the region's premier pediatric health care institution," Oxendale said. "Under the leadership of Ron Violi, Children's has solidified its position as a leader in high quality clinical care, education, research and advocacy for children and their families. I am committed to advancing these efforts in my new role as president and CEO."

View Mr. Oxendale's biography.

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February 22, 2008
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