Detroit-based Children’s Hospital of Michigan Names Kathy Donovan CEO

Kathy Donovan
Kathy Donovan // Photo courtesy of Children’s Hospital of Michigan

The Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan has named Kathy Donovan CEO, effective June 1.

Donovan has more than 10 years of experience in health care administration. She previously served as COO at Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas and, most recently, as COO and chief nursing officer at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.

Donovan’s direction and oversight helped Cardinal Glennon earn the MAGNET designation for nursing excellence for the first time. She also has a background in patient care.

“Kathy will bring a tenacious attitude and a diverse set of skills to Children’s Hospital of Michigan,” says Audrey Gregory, CEO of the Detroit Medical Center. “She has extensive experience in pediatric hospitals and is adept at engaging key stakeholders in the hospital and the community to forge relationships that will be key in helping Children’s Hospital of Michigan fulfill its mission of being one of the nation’s leading providers of pediatric care.”

Donovan completed her master’s degree in nursing at the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes Jewish College and her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Missouri Baptist College, which are both in St. Louis. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

“It is exciting to know that I will be playing a key role in leading Children’s Hospital of Michigan into the future,” says Donovan. “I am humbled to have the opportunity to lead this team of knowledgeable, dedicated, and respected people who are committed to providing the highest quality pediatric care. Together, we have the ability to change the way health care is delivered, not just to our region but across the nation. It is a responsibility I do not take lightly.”

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