November 21, 2008

Amy Casseri to take post at Denver Children’s Hospital

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Amy Casseri

Amy Casseri to take post at Denver Children’s Hospital

Amy Casseri, chief communications, community relations and business development officer for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, is leaving in January to become chief strategy officer at Denver's Children's Hospital.

An employee of Vanderbilt for 11 years, Casseri came to Children's Hospital in 2003 as the new facilty neared completion.

“Amy has built a depth and breadth into our community relationships that simply amazes me,” said Kevin Churchwell, M.D., CEO of Children's Hospital. “Her knowledge of how relationships work, not just in the business community, but in the legislature and in the non-profit sector, has been a real strength. She will be sorely missed, but I know she will take our hospital with her in her heart as she continues to make a true positive difference in her next position.”

During her tenure, Casseri pursued plans for advocacy and prevention programs resulting in the creation of the Vanderbilt Children's Health Improvement and Prevention (VCHIP) Program. She helped build relationships with the local music industry, and played a key role in the success of high-profile annual events like We Care for Kids Day, the Rascal Flatts/Disney party and charity concert, Dierks Bentley's charity motorcycle event and more.

Casseri dually reports to Children's Hospital administration and to Joel Lee, associate vice chancellor for Medical Center Communications.

“Amy has been uniquely successful at balancing her twin roles for the hospital and in communications, and has shown that it not only works, but that it works best that way. She is focused and delivers in every way, and has been a delight to work with,” said Lee.

Casseri said she will miss Vanderbilt, but is excited about moving to Colorado with her husband, Keith, and two children, Adam and Anna.

“As a Nashville native, it has meant a great deal to me to be so involved in the development of this hospital. It has been a privilege to serve with the incredible staff and faculty here, and with our extended family in the community. I feel a strong connection with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and always will. “It’s a lot like the pride I feel as a parent. I feel like I have been part of giving birth to this hospital,” Casseri said.