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Dr. Robert McGregor, Akron Children's Hospital

Akron Children's Hospital hires first CMO

By Andis Robeznieks
Posted: January 22, 2013 - 12:15 pm ET

Dr. Robert McGregor was appointed the first chief medical officer at Akron (Ohio) Children's Hospital. He started Jan. 14.

Previously, McGregor, 57, was the pediatrician-in-chief and interim pediatrics chair at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and a pediatrics professor at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

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“As our integrated pediatric health system continues to grow, our board of directors, medical staff leadership and management recognized the need for a full-time CMO with a seasoned knowledge of physician practices, regional partnerships and population health initiatives,” Bill Considine, Akron Children's president and CEO, said in a news release.

As CMO, McGregor will have a seat on the board, and his CMO responsibilities will include: implementing the hospital's strategic plan; overseeing patient safety, quality and clinical-improvement initiatives; directing medical education; and playing a key role in recruitment and retention of physicians, according to the release.

Last year, the 372-bed institution named Dr. Amy Maneker as its first chief medical information officer. It also announced a $200 million capital-improvement plan that includes a critical-care tower with surgical suites, a neonatal intensive-care unit and an emergency department—as well as a new parking deck to accommodate the growth.

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