“Arkansas Children’s will not stop our pursuit of improving child health until Arkansas is the safest, healthiest place to be a child.”
–Marcy Doderer

President and Chief Executive Officer

Marcella (Marcy) L. Doderer, FACHE 

Marcy Doderer with Angel OneMarcella (Marcy) L. Doderer, FACHE, has served as president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Children's since July 15, 2013.

Under Marcy’s leadership, Arkansas Children’s has transformed from a single hospital into the state’s only pediatric health system, with two hospitals, a research institute, a philanthropic foundation, regional clinics and alliances, telemedicine and statewide outreach programs. She has led the organization with an unwavering focus on the core values of safety, teamwork, compassion and excellence.

As a professional and a mom, Marcy is passionate about improving child health in Arkansas. She has often said that, “Arkansas Children’s will not stop our pursuit of improving child health until Arkansas is the safest, healthiest place to be a child.”

Prior to her role at Arkansas Children's, she served as a member of senior leadership for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System in various capacities starting in 2002. Doderer became administrator for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital in 2008 and led the effort to transform the facility into the free standing Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Her previous leadership experience includes positions at CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Health System and McCuistion Regional Medical Center, both in Paris, Texas, and Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Dallas, Texas.

Marcy is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) and active in many professional organizations. She has served on various boards and committees at the state and national level aimed at improving child health. She is currently a member of the Children’s Hospital Solutions for Patient Safety Board of Directors, serves as the Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Directors and is a member of their Education Committee. She is also a member of the American Hospital Association’s The Changing Workforce Task Force. Within Arkansas, Marcy serves on the Executive Committee of the Little Rock Regional Chamber, is a member of Fifty for the Future, and sits on the board of Healthy Active Arkansas.

Marcy obtained her BS in Finance from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and MA in Hospital and Health Administration from The University of Iowa.

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Women & Children First – 2020 Woman of the Year

In 2020, Marcy Doderer was named Woman of the Year by Women & Children First. This honor highlights Marcy’s leadership efforts in working to make Arkansas the safest, healthiest place to be a child.

Arkansas Women’s Foundation – 2018 Woman of the Year in Business

In 2018, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas recognized Marcy as the Woman of the Year in Business, giving recognition to Marcy’s leadership in improving healthcare for children in Arkansas.

Leadership at Arkansas Children's