Christopher Dawes has announced his retirement as president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children's Health after nearly 30 years of service. Dawes made the announcement Tuesday morning in an open letter to colleagues on LinkedIn.
He had initially planned to announce his retirement next week with the intention of remaining in his role until the process of hiring his replacement was complete, but recent health developments prompted him to take medical leave effective immediately, according to the letter.
Dawes was appointed CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in 1997, eight years after joining the Children's Hospital at Stanford.
"I am particularly proud of the excellent clinical services we have created, several of which are nationally ranked, the investments we have made in the Children's Health Research Institute (CHRI), the network we have created to provide more access to the care we provide and, of course, our new 'main' building," he said in his letter.
Stanford Children's Health tweeted Tuesday afternoon that they are "very supportive of Chris' decision to focus his full energy on his health." They stated that they will "stay the course" that Dawes has set into motion and thanked him for his service.
Dr. Dennis "Denny" Lund, Chief Medical Officer, will serve as the interim CEO until the recruitment process is complete.