Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, February 9, 2012

New interim leadership selected for Children's and Women's hospitals

Dr. Chris Dickinson, associate chief medical officer for C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, has accepted the role of interim executive director of Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, effective April 5.

He will succeed Pat Warner, who is retiring April 4 after 35 years of service.

Dickinson is a longstanding member of the medical staff and served as the physician lead for the C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s hospital construction project. He began his fellowship at the U-M Health System in 1984, joined the faculty in pediatric gastroenterology in 1986, then served as division chief from 1999-2011. He was appointed associate chief of clinical affairs for pediatrics in 2003. Warner appointed Dickinson to the newly created role of associate chief medical officer in 2010.

Dickinson brings a wealth of knowledge of the day-to-day operations of Children's and Women's Services and a keen understanding of pediatric and women's clinical processes, says Doug Strong, chief executive officer of the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers.

In addition to Children's and Women's Services, Dickinson will oversee three important areas that reported to Warner: Patient and Family Centered Care, Community Health Services and Social Work — three programs that he has worked closely with in his previous roles.

Partnering with Dickinson during this transition will be Loree Collett, who has been promoted to associate director for Children's and Women's Services.

Collett, who led the operational and move planning for the new children's and women's facility, has been with UMHS for 25 years and served in a variety of nursing leadership positions before joining the Children's and Women's Services team. She will assist Dickinson in directing clinical services and strategic direction for Mott and Von Voigtlander hospitals.