Kathleen Sellick announced Friday that she is retiring as president and CEO of Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego for medical reasons.
Sellick, who suffered injuries in a horseback riding accident in August 2012, arrived at her decision after considering the recommendations of her doctors for her health now and in the future.
She returned to work following the accident, but after one month back, in November 2013, she began a medical leave as a result of several complications and upon the advice of her physicians.
“Kathleen leaves behind an incredible legacy of service and accomplishment, not only to Rady Children’s, but to the entire community,” said David F. Hale, chair of the Rady Children's board of trustees. “Her vision to make Rady Children’s a world class children’s hospital -- a place where we not only provide top clinical care for sick and injured children, but we focus on research to help prevent diseases and find cures -- is one of the many reasons the future of Rady Children’s looks so bright.
"We thank Kathleen for her significant contributions and wish her the very best as she transitions into this new phase of her life.”
Rady Children’s chief administrative and operating officer, Meg Norton, and chief medical officer, Dr. Donald Kearns, will share the responsibilities as acting CEO. They began serving in this split role when Sellick left on medical leave last November.
During Sellick's nearly eight-year tenure as president and CEO, she led the construction and opening of the Acute Care Pavilion in 2010, established an alliance with Children’s Hospital Orange County, and helped open a specialized cardiac unit and created infrastructure for a new heart transplant program.
“With the unwavering support of my family, medical team, colleagues and our wonderful community, I have made great progress in my recovery,” Sellick said. “While I had hoped to continue in my role at Rady Children’s for years to come, my doctors now feel it is best for me to retire. My family and I are very grateful for the love and concern expressed by everyone regarding my health, and I appreciate that everyone has been understanding of my wish to keep all of the details a private matter."