Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora gets new leader

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AURORA | One of the top pediatric care facilities in the country is getting a new boss.

Children’s Hospital Colorado named Jena Hausmann as the hospital’s new CEO on April 27, marking the conclusion of a search process that began more than four months ago. Hausmann has been the interim CEO of Children’s since Jan. 1, when the hospital’s leader of the past eight years, Jim Shmerling, stepped down from his post. Also the current hospital president and chief operating officer, Hausmann will assume her new duties May 1.

“I am deeply honored to be named the CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado,” Hausmann said in a statement. “This isn’t just a job or a title. As many of my incredible colleagues know, serving this organization and our precious clients is a calling.”

Jena Hausmann was named CEO of Children's Hospital Colorado April 27, 2015.A veteran of healthcare administration for over two decades, Hausmann joined the Children’s team in 2004 as vice president of Strategic Planning and Network of Care Operations and has served on the hospital’s leadership team for the past 11 years. She was promoted to the role of chief operating officer in 2008 and to president in 2011.

“Jena has done a fantastic job in her role as interim CEO and clearly has demonstrated the skills needed to lead one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals,” Kevin Reid, chairman of the Children’s Hospital Colorado board, said in a statement. “She is dedicated, compassionate and tireless in her efforts to make Children’s Colorado the best hospital for kids and is beloved by the organization. In addition, Jena is respected by our key partners, including physicians, staff and board members, as well as community and healthcare leaders across the Rocky Mountain region.”

Before joining the Children’s staff, Hausmann worked at Fairview Health System and the University of Minnesota Medical Center, both of which are in Minneapolis.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Children’s Hospital Colorado the sixth-best children’s hospital in country in their 2014-2015 honor roll. In the same list, Children’s ranked in the top ten in the specialties of neonatology, pulmonology, orthopedics, diabetes and endocrinology, cancer, and gastroenterology and GI surgery.