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Christopher Durovich, President & CEO, Children's Medical Center Dallas

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Chris Durovich is president and chief executive officer of Children's Health Services of Texas (CHST) a not-for-profit pediatric healthcare system affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and partnered with the Baylor Health Care System, Texas Health Resources and Parkland Health and Hospital System. CHST includes Children's Medical Center Dallas, Children's Medical Center Foundation, Children's Insurance Company, Alternative Care Systems, three physician practice organizations, and seven ambulatory care sites.

Children's Medical Center is the only not-for-profit, academic pediatric medical center in North Texas, serving as the primary pediatric teaching hospital for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. With the hospital's more than 975 medical staff members, in excess of 4,100 employees, 406 beds and more than 50 disease - and injury-specific service units, Children's touches the lives of one in eight Dallas County children annually. Children's is recognized nationally for its commitment to safe, quality patient care, and the hospital further strengthened its reputation of excellence in 2005 by becoming the first pediatric Level I Trauma Center in the State of Texas and the Southwest.

At Children's Medical Center, Durovich manages all hospital operations and initiatives, ranging from facilities expansion to physician and clinician leadership to recruiting. He oversees a $275 million master facility plan that includes major expansion at the Dallas campus and the $106 million development of a 72-bed pediatric hospital and medical office building in Plano, Children's Medical Center Legacy. During his tenure, $175 million in capital improvements have been constructed at the Dallas campus, including 12 operating rooms at $60 million, 132 beds at $95 million, and the Pavilion Imaging Center at $25 million. He currently is supervising the construction of additional ambulatory and critical care program development.

As the hospital has grown, he is leading the effort to recruit the most experienced and talented new staff members, increasing the employee base by 10% overall. He also has completed an unprecedented $150 million philanthropic campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort the hospital has ever conducted. He continues to lead investment in Children's Medical Center facilities and programs.

Prior to joining Children's Medical Center, Durovich served as vice president of hospital and clinic operations at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, a $1.5 billion, 518-bed hospital. His responsibilities included working with more than 500 clinical faculty and 6,000 employees in nine divisions and 18 multidisciplinary care centers. Durovich also served as an adjunct professor at the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University. His other previous positions include president and chief operating officer of BaylorMedCare, administrator, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Health System, administrator, Department of Surgery at Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, management consultant for a big four accounting firm and medical service corps officer in the United States Army.

Mr. Durovich holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Vermont, a Master of Science degree in healthcare administration from the University of Northern Colorado and a master's degree in management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

He serves as vice chair of the Texas Association of Public and Non-Profit Hospitals; on the Board of Trustees, the Council on Management Information Services and the Audit Committee for the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions; on the Council on Policy Development and the Texas Hospital Executive Advisory Council for the Texas Hospital Association. He is a member of the American Hospital Association's Regional Policy Board 7 as well as a delegate for the Section for Maternal and Child Health. He is also on the executive board of the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America; on the advisory board of Ronald McDonald House; and is a board member of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and of the American College of Medical Practice Executives of the Medical Group Management Association. Durovich also has been appointed to serve on the Dallas County Hospital District Blue Ribbon Master Capital Plan Advisory Committee.

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