DeVos Hospital Tabs President

December 9, 2005
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GRAND RAPIDS — Three months after Dr. David Alexander left DeVos Children’s Hospital “to pursue other interests,” the hospital has named his successor: acting president and longtime administrator Dr. Robert Connors.

Connors had been serving in Alexander’s stead while the hospital performed a search for a replacement. He has a long, respected involvement with DeVos Children’s and its parent organization, Spectrum Health. Since 1990, he has served the health system and the hospital in a number of capacities. He has been director of pediatric surgery, director of pediatric trauma services, director of surgery services for the children’s hospital, as well as serving on the board of trustees for Spectrum Health.

“Dr. Connors is a welcome addition to the leadership team at DeVos Children’s Hospital,” said Spectrum Health President Matthew G. VanVranken. “Dr. Connors’ experience and leadership will be invaluable as we move forward with the vision of creating one of the nation’s leading, comprehensive children’s hospitals.”

Connors will not simply take over responsibility for the existing children’s hospital; he will also be the lead person on the transition to the new, slightly renamed Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The $190 million facility is slated to open in 2010.    

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