MINNEAPOLIS and ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota today announced that J. Hayes Batson, CEO of Regency Beauty Institute, has joined its board of directors. Through his role at Regency, Batson has extensive experience working with state and federal officials, navigating the changing education landscape. He will bring that same expertise to Children's to help the organization adapt to the new health care environment.
"This is a very challenging and complicated time in health care, so it's important to bring people to our board that can help us navigate the waters and move the organization forward," said Alan L. Goldbloom, M.D., president and CEO of Children's of Minnesota. "Hayes combines great knowledge about business and regulatory issues, with great passion for kids' health. We look forward to his contributions to Children's."
Batson has had firsthand experience with Children's as the father of two young children. He said he has always been impressed by the way Children's supports families beyond just the medical treatment. He said he looks forward to helping Children's continue to grow, and to make this kind of care available to all families who need it.
"In some ways I think we take it for granted that we have a place like Children's in our community," said Batson. "The reality is that Children's needs the support of the community to continue to grow and thrive. I look forward to helping educate people, and helping put Children's on a strong foundation for the future."
Batson said there are a number of parallels between the challenges facing health care and the similar challenges for higher education. He says the key is for people to accept that there is going to be a major transformation, and to plan how to be successful in the new reality.
Serving as Minnesota's children's hospital since 1924, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health care organizations in the United States, with 340 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children's of Minnesota provides care through more than 12,000 inpatient visits and more than 200,000 emergency room and other outpatient visits every year. Children's is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children.
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