The current chief executive officer of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis has been named Seattle Children's next CEO. Jeff Sperring has been with Riley since 2002 and is expected to begin the new role in May. During his tenure, Sperring oversaw completion of the $500 million Simon Family Tower and the transition of Riley to a statewide children's health system. March 5, 2015

News Release

SEATTLE, Ind. – Today, Seattle Children's announced that after an extensive nation-wide search, the Board of Trustees named Dr. Jeff Sperring the new chief executive officer, effective early May. Sperring, who currently serves as president and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, will continue to implement Seattle Children's 2012-2016 Strategic Plan, with the goal of carrying out the hospital's mission to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease.

Sperring has worked at Riley, one of the largest and highest acuity children's hospitals in the U.S., since 2002. In his role as CEO, he provided pediatric strategic and policy oversight within the 18-hospital Indiana University Health system and developed the framework to transform Riley from a children's hospital to a statewide children's health system. He also managed the completion of the 750,000 square foot, $500 million Simon Family Tower and implemented LEAN-based process improvement programs, among other accomplishments. Prior to taking the role of president and CEO, he served as Riley's chief medical officer, associate chief medical officer and director of pediatric hospital medicine.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Sperring is assuming the role of CEO,” said Judy Holder, Chair, Board of Trustees. “He brings tremendous experience leading a highly ranked, complex healthcare organization, and he exudes a clear passion and dedication to our mission at Seattle Children's. It's also evident that he leads from the heart and will be effective in helping Seattle Children's reach an even higher level of achievement in further improving the health of the communities we serve.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead one of the best children's hospitals in the country,” said Sperring. “Seattle Children's already has a tremendous track record and I look forward to carrying the torch to help bolster its ability to develop cures for pediatric disease and provide the highest level of care to every child in need.”

Sperring obtained his bachelor of science in biology from Emory University, his doctor of medicine from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and was a pediatric resident at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. After residency, he served as a United States Navy Medical Corps officer in Twentynine Palms, Calif., for three years.

Sperring will replace current CEO Dr. Thomas N. Hansen, who will retire in May after 10 years of service. During his leadership, Hansen is credited with growing Seattle Children's Research Institute, opening a major outpatient and ambulatory surgery center in Bellevue, and overseeing the completion of the Building Hope expansion at the hospital, among other achievements. Research to help improve outcomes for premature babies with lung disease has always been a passion for Hansen. After stepping down as CEO, Hansen plans to remain an investigator at Seattle Children's Research Institute, focusing on the development of low cost ventilators for premature infants born in low and middle income countries.

Sperring will report to the hospital's Board of Trustees and will oversee Seattle Children's Hospital, Research Institute, Hospital and Research Foundation and Guild Association.

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Three simple words define Seattle Children's Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute – Hope. Care. Cure. Together, the three deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and serve as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children's hospital in the country.

Consistently ranked as one of the best children's hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children's Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. For more than 100 years, the hospital has been dedicated to providing top-quality care to every child in who needs it, regardless of the family's ability to pay.

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