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Nemours Seeks New CEO After Long-Time Leader's Retirement Announced

By Steven Porter  
   January 09, 2018

Current leader looking to personally pass the reins to his successor after overseeing years of transformation.

David Bailey, MD, MBA, announced his plans Tuesday to retire, after 13 years as president and CEO of the Nemours Children’s Health System, based in Jacksonville, Fla.

Bailey, who has worked for Nemours more than two decades and been a pediatrician for four, will continue to lead the organization as his successor is selected.

“I look forward to participating in the search for the next CEO as an opportunity to transition what has been my dream, to someone with equal passion for children’s healthcare,” Bailey said in a statement.

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Under Bailey’s leadership, Nemours has increased its number of care locations from 15 to more than 80 across Florida and five other states: Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Revenues, meanwhile, have more than doubled, from $533 million to $1.4 billion, the organization said.

Nemours also has launched its own digital health and telemedicine platform—a response to rising eagerness among parents to use telemedicine services on their children’s behalf, as HealthLeaders Media reported last year.

The organization, which is also known as the Nemours Foundation, has undergone some organization changes in recent years as well, with four national health leaders were added to the foundation’s board in fall 2016.

Nemours Board of Directors Chairman Brian Anderson expressed gratitude, in the statement, for Bailey’s service.

“Everything that he has done at Nemours is based on ensuring that we put the child first at all times, that we attract and retain talented physicians and Associates to provide the highest quality care and that the organization is appropriately positioned to successfully deliver on its mission for the future,” Anderson said.

Steven Porter is editor at HealthLeaders.

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