Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare Announces New CEO

[Saint Paul, Minn.] – July 24, 2013 – Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare today announced that Barbara Joers, most recently from the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, will succeed CEO Margaret Perryman, who is retiring later this year.

A nationwide search for Gillette’s new CEO began shortly after Perryman announced in December 2012 that she would step down this year. Perryman has served in Gillette’s top post for 26 years. Joers will join Gillette as CEO in October.

“Finding the best person for this position was a very extensive and thorough process,” said Board Chairman Scott Ward. “We are extremely confident that Barbara’s experience and expertise in many facets of children’s healthcare and the passion for the work she does make her the perfect person to lead Gillette.”

Joers served as vice president at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since June 2010. She oversaw surgical services, ancillary services, supply chain management and environment of care (includes real estate and facilities). She also worked in various leadership roles at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, most recently as chief operating officer at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Marymount University in Arlington, VA, and her master’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

“I knew from a young age that I wanted to build a career in health care and joining Gillette as its CEO is an honor,” Joers said. “I look forward to contributing to Gillette’s reputation for providing the best care to children who have disabilities and other complex conditions, and to reaching out to community leaders to make sure they know what a treasure they have here in Minnesota.”

About Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Gillette is an independent, not-for-profit hospital and clinics, that is internationally recognized for its work in the diagnosis and treatment of children and young adults who have disabilities or complex medical needs. As the nation’s first hospital devoted to the treatment of children with disabilities, Gillette’s mission is to help children, adults and their families improve their health, achieve greater well-being, and enjoy life. For more information, visit

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