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Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center Names New CEO

July 29, 2005

Thomas N. Hansen, MD, to assume leadership of hospital at end of September.

Thomas N. Hansen, MD, to assume leadership of hospital at end of September.

The Board of Trustees at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center has named Thomas N. Hansen, MD, the CEO of Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH, and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University, as the new president and CEO of Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle. The announcement was made today by Kathy Randall, board chairman.

Current President and CEO Treuman Katz will retire Sept. 30 after serving 26 years with the organization, making him one of the longest serving chief executives of any children’s hospital in the nation.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Hansen to our hospital and our community,” said Randall. “During his tenure at Columbus Children’s Hospital, he transformed the organization to a national pediatric referral center and research institution. We welcome his leadership, expertise and knowledge in the field of pediatric health care.”

Columbus Children’s has become one of the nation’s five largest free-standing children’s hospitals and one of the ten largest pediatric research centers based on funding from the National Institutes of Health during Hansen’s 10-year tenure.

Hansen served as medical director at Columbus Children’s from 1995 to 1998, acting CEO from 1997 to 1998 and CEO since April 1998. He has held the position of chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health since 1995. He also held a faculty position at the University as Professor of Pediatrics. Hansen came to Columbus from Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where he held numerous posts during his 15-year tenure.

He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, with postdoctoral fellowships in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Baylor, and in Pediatric Pulmonary Disease at University of California, San Francisco, Calif. His residency and internship were completed at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hansen is board-certified in pediatrics, neonatal-perinatal medicine and pulmonary medicine.

The new focus on research is one that I am particularly excited to promote.
~ Thomas Hansen, MD

“I am honored to be selected to succeed Treuman Katz at Seattle Children’s,” says Dr. Hansen. “He is a visionary and under his guidance and leadership, Children’s has achieved national recognition for its clinical programs and family-centered care.

The new focus on research is one that I am particularly excited to promote. I look to the remarkable members of the Children’s leadership team, the board and medical staff to continue the legacy of collaboration, cooperation and accomplishment in the future.”

Hansen noted that he and his wife Cheryl and their son William look forward to moving to the Puget Sound and enjoying all that the region offers.

Katz’s career in health care spans nearly 40 years. He was an executive at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for 13 years before joining Children’s in 1979.

During his tenure Children’s has become recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report and Child magazines. “Children’s national prominence among its peers is a testimony to Treuman’s strong leadership over many years, which has produced outstanding results,” said Randall.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Dr. Hansen will be out of the country until August 15. Requests for information may be made to the contact below; however, interviews will not be available until after he returns.

About Seattle Children's Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit

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