U med. center president accepts job in California

Dr. Gordon Alexander will leave his current position June 1.

Carly Schramm

The president of University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, and the Amplatz ChildrenâÄôs Hospital will be âÄúreinventing himselfâÄù to serve as president at ChildrenâÄôs Hospital Central California beginning this summer. Dr. Gordon Alexander, a University of Minnesota Medical School graduate, will leave his current post June 1 to replace current CHCC President Dr. William Haug, who is retiring from the position after 10 years. Haug announced his retirement to the CHCC Board last year because âÄúhe wanted to pursue other options,âÄù said Public Relations Manager Micheline Golden. Before his tenure as president, Alexander practiced as an OB/GYN for 14 years with Southdale Obstetrics and Gynecology and later moved on to serve as chief medical officer and senior medical director of Fairview Clinics. Alexander began his 12-year tenure as president in 1998 and has overseen several accomplishments within the Fairview system. The ChildrenâÄôs Tower was built under AlexanderâÄôs direction, and he oversaw the merging of Fairview Health Services and the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic. Through the partnership between the University and the Medical School, âÄúthe Fairview system has grown and become stronger,âÄù Alexander said. Now, the Medical Center has become a âÄúforce in the community,âÄù Alexander said. During his time at the Medical Center and ChildrenâÄôs Hospital, Alexander helped the hospitals âÄúbecome better than they could by themselves.âÄù On a visit to the California hospital, Alexander not only saw an opportunity to work in a âÄúspectacular community like MinneapolisâÄù but an opportunity to move forward and âÄújoin another phenomenal organization in a warm climate.âÄù