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.
In the hospital statement, she said she is returning to Cincinnati Children’s “because I love designing, building and continuously evaluating structures – physical and organizational systems that deliver health care that quickly gets the best outcomes, experience and value for kids.”
Cincinnati Children’s is the region’s second-largest employer with 16,500 workers. The hospital statement said the $2.7 billion nonprofit clocked 1.38 million patient encounters in 2020 with children from the 50 states and 51 countries.
Alessandrini joined Cincinnati Children’s in 2009 as director of the Place Outcomes Research Program and director of the Quality Scholars Program in Healthcare Transformation. In 2011, she became assistant vice president of outcomes systems within the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence.
She is on the boards of REDI Cincinnati, also known as the Regional Economic Development Initiative, and the Greater Cincinnati chapter of the American Heart Association.
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Alessandrini received a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1984 from Marquette University in Milwaukee. She earned a medical degree in 1988 from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She holds a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Pennsylvania.