Steve Allen, MD Appointed Chair Childrens Hospital Association 2016 Board of Trustees

January 26, 2016

Steven Allen, MD, CEO of Nationwide Children's Hospital has been appointed chair the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA). He began his term as board chair on January 1, 2016. Allen has served on the board since 2011 and chaired the public policy committee and the quality and safety committee prior to being appointed chair. As CEO of Nationwide Children’s in Columbus, Ohio, Allen is credited with leading the hospital’s rise to national prominence. Allen’s passion for population health and wellness inspired the hospital’s 2010-2015 strategic plan to create optimal health for every child in the community. Under his leadership, Nationwide has dramatically improved immunization rates, reduced prematurity rates, decreased readmission rates and increased access to pediatric health care through the hospital’s accountable care organization.

“Steve Allen is a passionate advocate for children’s health care and child health. As chair of CHA’s Board of Trustees, Steve’s leadership is essential as we work to improve health outcomes for kids through children’s hospitals’ relentless focus on quality and efforts to ensure the health care system considers the unique needs of children,” said Mark Wietecha, president and CEO. “We appreciate his and the board’s commitment to this important work and are confident their insights will advance the care of children’s in our hospitals and across the nation.”

“Children’s Hospital Association has established itself as a powerful advocate for children’s health care, and I am grateful to serve as this year’s chair,” said Allen. “While children have enjoyed a number of advances in access to quality care, as providers we must continue to advocate for resources and funding that elevate pediatric clinical care, education and research.”

Allen obtained his undergraduate education at Rice University, and his MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Prior to joining Nationwide in 2006, Allen was a physician, scientist, teacher and executive in the Texas Medical Center in Houston for 24 years. Allen has published almost 100 articles and over 20 book chapters on a variety of medical topics. He is married to Jamie Allen, MD, and has five children.

The complete list of the Children Hospital Association’s 2016 Board of Trustees is as follows:


Steve Allen, MD, Chair
CEO, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Madeline Bell, Vice Chair & Chair-elect
President and CEO, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Amy B. Mansue, Secretary
President and CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Mountainside, NJ

Rick W. Merrill, Treasurer
President and CEO, Cook Children's Health Care System, Fort Worth, TX

Michael D. Aubin, FACHE
Hospital President, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

Kimberly Cripe
President and CEO, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA

Susan Distefano, RN, MSN
CEO, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, TX

Sandra L. Fenwick
President and CEO, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Paul A. King
Executive Director, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Kurt Newman, MD
President and CEO, Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC

Peggy Troy, RN, MSN
President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Katy Welkie, RN, MBA
CEO, Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT

Mark Wietecha
President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Association, Washington, DC


About Children’s Hospitals
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About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at