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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Names New Leadership Team

Katy, TX News – (February 9, 2015) – Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus is proud to announce Chanda Cashen Chacón as president, Dr. Jeanine Graf as chief medical officer and Dr. Allen Milewicz as chief surgical officer of the hospital. For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, visit texaschildrens.org/westcampus.

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed exclusively for children, was created to respond to the growing need for expert pediatric health care in West Houston, one of the city’s most rapidly expanding communities. The hospital offers expert care in a location that is convenient and accessible for area families.

“We are thrilled Chanda, Dr. Graf and Dr. Milewicz will now lead Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus,” says Randy Wright, chief operating officer of Texas Children’s Hospital. “As experienced leaders within our organization, they will continue to expand services in the West Houston community.”

Chacón, who most recently served as vice president of women’s services at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University. She earned a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and joined Texas Children’s in 2002 as an administrative fellow.

Chacón has been a leader in the Texas Children’s system for more than 12 years, with roles in ambulatory operations, pharmacy, Texas Children’s Heart Center, Texas Children’s Fetal Center and Women’s Services. She played an integral role in the successful preparation and execution of the Pavilion for Women by leading the design, start up and grand opening of the ambulatory sector.

“I am honored to be named president of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus,” says Chacón. “The strong foundation that has been built over the past four years will allow us to expand on our promise to provide exceptional care and an unrivaled experience for our patients.”

Graf, who has been a pediatric intensive care physician for more than 20 years and most recently served as medical director of Texas Children’s pediatric intensive care unit, earned her undergraduate degree from St. Louis University and a medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric critical care at Baylor College of Medicine.

Graf, who also serves as an associate professor of pediatrics-critical care at Baylor, has been a leader in the Texas Children’s system for more than 17 years, with roles including interim chief of pediatric critical care and medical director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Transport Program. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

“It is a privilege to help lead the team who will continue to benefit the health of children and families in our community,” says Graf.

As chief surgical officer, Milewicz, who is also an associate professor of pediatrics-surgery at Baylor, will be responsible for organizing Texas Children’s surgery within the community, focusing on Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Additionally, he will be working in conjunction with the entire Texas Children’s Department of Surgery to optimize surgical service for patients, families and referring physicians.

“I look forward to expanding surgical services in the community while ensuring that each patient receives the experience, expertise and clinical outcomes for which Texas Children’s is known,” says Milewicz.

Board-certified by the American Board of Pediatric Surgery, Milewicz received his undergraduate degree from City College of New York and earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. After completing his general surgery residency program at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, he went on to pursue specialized training in pediatric surgery. Milewicz is also a member of the American Pediatric Surgery Association and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

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