Children’s Mercy Names New President and CEO



Paul Kempinski is the new President and CEO of Children’s Mercy Hospital, the group announced today. Kempinski will officially take over November 1. 

Kempinski is currently with the Nemours/Alfed I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. He also serves as the Enterprise Vice President for the Nemours Children’s Health System. A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Kempinski is also the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware and a member of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.  He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Undergraduate Program in the Health Policy and Administration at his alma mater, Penn State. He and his wife Maureen have three children, Kristen, Brian and Jenny.

“Maureen and I are absolutely thrilled to be joining the Children’s Mercy family,” said Kempinski.  “Everyone who we have met to date has demonstrated a passion for improving the lives of children and families.  The vision and legacy of the Berry sisters is alive in the work of Children’s Mercy, a valued and respected resource for the Kansas City community and beyond.”

“Our recent receipt of the largest gift ever to pediatric research reinforced my firm belief that Children’s Mercy has never been more prepared than it is today for the next chapter of growth and success,” said current CEO Randall L. O’Donnell.  “Our clinical expertise continues to be recognized nationally by U.S. News and World Report and, most notably, we have assembled a team of more than 8,000 employees who give their all each day to provide the best care possible to our patients and families.”

Children’s Mercy conducted a 10-month long national search to find their new CEO and President.

This announcement comes a little more than a week after Karen Cox, Children’s Mercy’s Executive Vice President and COO, was hired to be the President of Chamberlain University in Chicago.