Indiana University Health has named Dr. Jeff Sperring president and chief executive officer of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Dr. Sperring joined IU Health in 2002 and has served as chief medical officer of Riley at IU Health since 2009.
Marilyn Cox has been serving as interim president and CEO and will now return to her role as chief nursing officer and senior vice president for Nursing and Patient Care Services.
“We’re fortunate to have both of these strong leaders within the IU Health family. Marilyn continues to be an integral part of Riley with more than 20 years of service and we’re grateful for her work during this time of transition,” said Daniel F. Evans Jr., president and CEO, IU Health. “After a national search, we determined that Dr. Sperring is the best fit for Riley. As a pediatrician himself, he has a true passion for children’s health care, he’s a valued and respected leader, he’s already invested in Riley and our vision, and has established relationships with Riley’s community partners around the state.”
As president and CEO, Dr. Sperring will be responsible for providing overall strategic direction and leadership for pediatric services throughout IU Health. This includes direct operational and strategic oversight of pediatric programs, services and facilities at Riley at IU Health, along with shared program oversight for pediatric programs based in the community hospitals. Dr. Sperring will serve on the senior executive team for IU Health.
“I am proud to continue to serve Riley and humbled by the opportunity to lead the team as we continue to transform children’s health care,” said Dr. Sperring. “Riley already has a long and storied history but there is even more important and exciting work to come. I could not ask for a better team of physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers, and we are resolved to providing the highest levels of patient-centered care and innovative treatment to the children of Indiana and beyond.”
Riley at IU Health is Indiana’s first and only comprehensive children’s hospital. Consistently named one of the best children’s hospitals in the country, Riley at IU Health ranked in all 10 categories by U.S.News & World Report this year.