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  Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., President and CEO, Announces Retirement
December 9, 2010

Washington, DC – Children’s National Medical Center President and CEO Edwin (Ned) K. Zechman, Jr., MHA, FACHE, announced today his plans to retire in the spring of 2011.

In an announcement to the Children’s National family, Zechman stated, “One of my greatest joys these past 16 years has been to serve as your President and Chief Executive Officer. I have witnessed with pride the phenomenal growth of Children’s National from a small, regionally focused children’s hospital to an organization this has positioned itself as a nationally and internationally recognized leader in pediatric care, advocacy, research, and education. So, it is with mixed emotion that I am announcing my plan to retire as President and CEO of Children’s National in the spring of 2011.”

Mr. Zechman continued, “I have been fortunate to serve as chief executive of a children’s hospital since 1979, and it has been my pleasure to serve Children’s National as President and CEO since 1994. When I arrived, the organization was facing numerous threats to its fiscal health and was finding it difficult to compete in a changing healthcare environment. Working together, we adopted a new business model, stabilized our finances, recruited top talent, and made new investments in research, equipment, facilities, technology, and infrastructure.

“Today, we are a leader among all children’s hospitals and regularly appear in national rankings acknowledging our accomplishments and capabilities in numerous programs and services. We have been goal and results oriented; and over the years we have developed, adopted, and implemented a number of successful strategic plans that have contributed to our overall growth and financial strength. We have seen a significant increase in our operating revenues, research funding, physical plant, physician recruitment, government appropriations, and fund raising. We have made great strides in quality, safety, and the elevation of our advocacy programs.

“We are a destination hospital for patients, regionally, nationally, and internationally; yet we have at all times remained true to our mission to be a safety net provider for the most vulnerable children in our community, treating all children in our primary service area, regardless of ability of the family’s ability to pay. The ongoing commitment and dedication of each of you, as members of the Children’s National family, made this possible and your participation and engagement will continue to be a critical factor in our ongoing success.”

James Lintott, Chairman of the Children’s National Medical Center Board of Directors, commented on Mr. Zechman’s years of service, saying “Ned has been a phenomenal leader, and we are deeply indebted to him for his transformational leadership and strategic vision. Ned led the organization through a very challenging period where our financial viability was at risk and our ability to meet the needs of the children and families in our community was threatened. Today, Children’s National is at the forefront of pediatric care and innovation, and under Ned’s leadership, the institution has experienced significant and sustained growth in revenues, physician and nurse recruitment, research funding, facilities and fund raising – including being the recipient of one of the largest philanthropic gifts to a pediatric institution, $150 million from the government of Abu Dhabi, to support the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. Ned leaves Children’s National with an enduring legacy of major accomplishments, and the entire Board of Directors thanks him for 16 years of superb leadership, vision, and dedication.”

Media, please contact: Paula Darte, Children's National Medical Center, Public Relations: 202-476-4500.

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About Children’s National Medical Center:
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 283 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit www.ChildrensNational.org, receive the latest news from the Children's National press room, or follow us Facebook and Twitter.