by Max Brantley
Doderer is a daughter of Dr. J. B. Norton, who was chief cardiologist at Children's years ago. He helped build Children's into the major teaching hospital it has become. As this article in a San Antonio newspaper shows, she had a family experience with a child's special medical needs, a breathing disorder.
The article notes that Doderer has a long association with Arkansas Children's.
Doderer volunteered as a candy striper at her father’s hospital as a teen, and her first paid job was in the billing office of the hospital’s physician practice plan. In college, she worked as an administrative intern there and was hooked.
“I said at that time, I’m going to run a children’s hospital when I grow up some day.”
She's all grown up.
After an extensive national search, Marcella (Marcy) L. Doderer, FACHE, of San Antonio, Texas, has been named president and chief executive officer for Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Doderer will take the helm of ACH effective July 15, 2013, following the June 30 retirement of ACH President & CEO Dr. Jonathan Bates. The announcement was made today by ACH Board of Directors Chairman Tom Baxter.
“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,” said Baxter. “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.”
Doderer has 20 years of health care management experience in a variety of hospital settings. Most recently, she served as Vice President and Administrator of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, part of the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System. Doderer was instrumental in leading the transformation from a multi-use downtown hospital campus into the freestanding, separately licensed Children’s Hospital. The new campus will be fully transformed by late 2014. She was responsible for facilitating the transition of academic partners from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) 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,” explained Doderer. “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.”
From 2002-2008, Doderer held the position of Vice President/Associate Administrator for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital. Prior to CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s, she served as Vice President for CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Health System in Paris, Texas; director, ancillary and support services for Texas Health Resources/McCuistion Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas; and leadership positions from 1994-1999 at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
Doderer holds 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, Texas. Doderer serves 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, American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Doderer is married to Mark Doderer, PhD, a computer science professor. They have two children, Emily, 18, and Katherine, 15. She is a graduate of Little Rock Central High School.