UC Health official goes back to Cincinnati Children’s as COO

Lena Weib

A medical leader at UC Health who helped steer the region through the new coronavirus pandemic is taking the No. 2 job at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the pediatric facility announced Friday.

Dr. Evaline Alessandrini will be Cincinnati Children’s next chief operating officer, shouldering the task that opened a month ago when Dr. Steve Davis rose to president and chief executive officer. Davis officially takes the keys of the region’s largest hospital system Nov. 22.

Alessandrini, a pediatrician, worked 8 ½ years at Cincinnati Children’s before going in 2017 to UC Health, the region’s academic health center. The two hospitals sprawl over the heights of Corryville and Avondale and collaborate on a wide spectrum of medical, economic and academic matters.

In a statement Friday, Davis said Alessandrini “can take on just about anything and put a team together and have it functioning really well. Evie is one of those people who when you’re done working with her, you can’t wait for the next project.”

The statement said Alessandrini will return to Cincinnati Children’s by January.

At UC Health, Alessandrini has been chief medical officer, interim chief operations officer, and executive vice president. She has been among the key leaders addressing the public health emergency of the pandemic.

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