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U-M Health System names Childs chief human resources officer

After serving as the U-M Health System's (UMHS) interim human resources administrator since April 2004, Deborah Childs has been appointed chief human resources officer, UMHS Associate Vice President Larry Warren announced April 19.
(Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)

Childs has worked in the Health System for 30 years, beginning as a secretary in the Department of Psychiatry in 1974. She came to Human Resources in 1981, where she served in many leadership roles, including director of labor relations, chief spokesperson for nursing and house officers in contract negotiations, and co-lead for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees bargaining team and human resources policy leadership.

During her time as interim HR administrator, Childs' responsibilities included directing health system human resources, occupational and health promotion programs and the Program for Multicultural Health.

"Deborah has done an outstanding job as the interim administrator and I look forward to working with her as chief human resources officer to proactively address the issues facing our organization," says Warren, who also is director and CEO of the Hospitals and Health Centers.

There are more than 17,000 people employed by the Health System, which comprises the Medical School and its Faculty Group Practice, three hospitals, approximately 30 health centers, 120 outpatient clinics, M-CARE HMO and the Michigan Health Corp.

"I'm excited and honored by this opportunity," Childs says. "I am privileged to lead an outstanding team who are committed to excellence and dedicated to assisting all of our managers and staff to carry out our missions effectively."

Childs holds a bachelor's degree from Trinity University and has extensive expertise in the field of interest-based problem solving techniques, also known as mutual gains. She has spoken nationally and internationally on the application of mutual gains in the collective bargaining process and was published in the National Institute for Dispute Resolution Forum in 1996.

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