Chicago, IL ( Feb. 15, 2021) – Arkansas Children’s is proud to announce that President & CEO Marcy Doderer is recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 2021’s Top 25 Women Leaders. The profiles of all the honorees are featured in the February 15 print issue of Modern Healthcare and at

These high achievers are developing policy, leading change and guiding healthcare delivery improvement across the country. The annual award program recognizes women in leadership roles, spotlighting their administrative and professional accomplishments.

“Honorees of the 2021 Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare award program have a mission to combat the longstanding imbalance of gender equity at the top rungs of leadership by promoting and hiring more female executives. They serve as mentors and create workplaces that embrace diversity and inclusion. And last year, they did this all while guiding their organizations through a global pandemic,” said Modern Healthcare editor, Aurora Aguilar. “The honorees, chosen out of hundreds of nominations, represent passionate leadership and measurable results in bringing greater diversity to the C-suite and beyond.”

Under Marcy’s leadership, Arkansas Children’s 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.

“What makes Marcy remarkable is her willingness to equally and enthusiastically embrace the humanity, the business and the strategy of pediatric health care,” Ron Clark, chair of the Arkansas Children’s Inc. Board of Directors, wrote in a nominating letter. “As a result, she has demonstrated an unparalleled ability to understand and compellingly communicate the bigger vision of child health within the Arkansas Children’s organization and across the state of Arkansas.”

Prior to her role at Arkansas Children's, Doderer served as a member of senior leadership for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System in various capacities since 2002. She 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. She serves as the Chair of the Children’s Hospital Association Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the Children’s Hospital Solutions for Patient Safety Board of Directors. She is also a member of the American Hospital Association’s The Changing Workforce Task Force. Within Arkansas, Marcy is a member of Fifty for the Future and sits on the board of Healthy Active Arkansas.

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Arkansas Children's, Inc. is the only healthcare system in the state solely dedicated to caring for Arkansas' more than 700,000 children. The private, non-profit organization includes two pediatric hospitals, a pediatric research institute and USDA nutrition center, a philanthropic foundation, a nursery alliance, statewide clinics, and many education and outreach programs — all focused on fulfilling a promise to define and deliver unprecedented child health. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a 336-bed, Magnet-recognized facility in Little Rock operating the state’s only Level I pediatric trauma center; the state's only burn center; the state's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit; the state's only pediatric intensive care unit; the state’s only pediatric surgery program with Level 1 verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS); the state’s only magnetoencephalography (MEG) system for neurosurgical planning and cutting-edge research; and the state's only nationally recognized pediatric transport program. Additionally, ACH is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in four pediatric subspecialties (2020—2021): Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. ACH is one of only five hospitals in the nation that have achieved Magnet Status, ACS Level 1 verification and a Beacon award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the first and only pediatric hospital in the Northwest Arkansas region, is a level IV pediatric trauma center. ACNW operates a 24-bed inpatient unit; a surgical unit with five operating rooms; outpatient clinics offering over 20 subspecialties; diagnostic services; imaging capabilities; occupational therapy services; and Northwest Arkansas' only pediatric emergency department, equipped with 30 exam rooms. Generous philanthropic and volunteer engagement has sustained Arkansas Children's since it began as an orphanage in 1912, and today ensures the system can deliver on its promise of unprecedented child health. To learn more, visit