Children’s Health Names Healthcare Veteran as its New Chief Operating Officer

As COO, Dane Peterson will provide leadership for clinical operations to ensure that the system is delivering consistent, comprehensive care to fulfill its mission of making life better for children.

Children’s Health in Dallas announced the appointment of Dane Peterson as chief operating officer of the leading pediatric healthcare system and top children’s hospital in North Texas.

“Dane joins us at a pivotal time of growth for North Texas and Children’s Health. His extensive operational leadership experience will be an important asset for our team as we work to deliver the best pediatric care for our patients today and for generations to come,” Christopher J. Durovich, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Health, said in a statement. “Having helped lead both for-profit and nonprofit academic healthcare institutions, he brings great value to our evolving efforts to deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”

As COO, Peterson will provide leadership for clinical operations to ensure that the system is delivering consistent, comprehensive care to fulfill its mission of making life better for children.

Peterson will work closely with the system’s academic partner, UT Southwestern, to integrate physician leadership and to deepen the collaboration to offer world-class care informed by groundbreaking research and education.

‘Pioneering work’ in pediatrics

“Children’s Health is doing some of the most complex and meaningful work in pediatric health care,” Peterson said in a statement. “I’m honored and humbled to have a role in ensuring the pioneering work underway not only continues but expands alongside the communities we’re privileged to serve, today and for generations to come.”

Peterson has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare administration, with more than 11 years in operations leadership roles, Children’s Health said.

During his 16-year tenure at Emory Healthcare, Peterson held numerous leadership roles at both the system and hospital level, including system president and COO.

In addition to his time at Emory Healthcare, Peterson held executive leadership roles within Medical City Dallas and Creighton University Medical Center, part of the Tenet Healthcare Corp.

Children’s Health is the leading pediatric healthcare system in North Texas and has long been recognized as a leader in pediatric health.

Its campuses include Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Children’s Medical Center Plano, and multiple Children’s Health Specialty Centers. Children’s Medical Center Dallas is consistently ranked the No. 1 children’s hospital in North Texas and among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Children’s Health said its commitment to excellence and providing outstanding care across all aspects of pediatrics has resulted in 10 out of 10 specialty programs being ranked among the best for six consecutive years, including cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

Children’s Health nurses have received the Magnet designation for the past 13 years, the highest honor for nursing excellence, and it has been named one of the 150 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review for 10 consecutive years.

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