September 14, 2007

Children’s Hospital leadership posts filled

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Meg Rush, M.D.

Children’s Hospital leadership posts filled

Paul Hain, M.D.

Paul Hain, M.D.

Meg Rush, M.D., has been named chief of staff and Paul Hain, M.D., has been named associate chief of staff for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Rush and Hain succeed Kevin Churchwell, M.D., who was named chief executive officer for Children's Hospital in August after serving as chief of staff for two years. Rush and Hain, who have served as interim chiefs of staff since January, will report to Churchwell and Martin Sandler, M.D., associate vice chancellor for Clinical Affairs.

“I have been impressed with the leadership Meg and Paul have demonstrated over the past several months,” Churchwell said. “They both bring incredible depth and experience to their positions. Both are known for their passion for children and promoting improvement in the health of children. It will be a pleasure to continue working with both of them.”

Rush will serve as medical director of the medical staff. She will share responsibility for the clinical enterprise strategy by assisting in the development and implementation of clinical operations and practice standards of the medical practice in Children's Hospital. She will also provide oversight of medical staff governance together with the physician-in-chief and surgeon-in-chief. Additionally, Rush and Hain will share responsibility for oversight of quality initiatives.

"I am honored to have been asked by Dr. Churchwell to serve as chief of staff and to work with an outstanding administration, faculty and staff to make Children's Hospital a special place for children and their families,” Rush said. “I have often based my career decisions on whether or not I have a way to make a difference in the life of a child. This is an incredible opportunity at an exciting time for Children's Hospital to do just that."

She joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 1990 after completing her residency and fellowship training at Vanderbilt. She earned her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati's College of Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Hain's responsibilities will include census management and hospital access, as well as strategic development of offsite activities. He will also interface with community pediatricians as well as faculty regarding the practice of medicine and surgery in the hospital environment. As medical director of the Performance, Management and Improvement group, he will direct development and implementation of quality of care and quality assurance within Children's Hospital.

“It has been my privilege to work closely with Dr. Churchwell over the past several years, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to do so,” Hain said. “The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is already one of the premier places in the country for a child to receive care. I am humbled to be allowed to assist the doctors, nurses and staff in making this hospital even better.”

Hain joined the faculty at Children's Hospital in 2001 after completing his pediatric residency there. He earned his medical degree from Vanderbilt. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine.