Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation announces new executive director

07/07/11  Portland, Ore.

Following a national search, the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation have jointly appointed Mary K. Turina vice president for pediatric development and executive director of the Doernbecher Foundation.

Turina will replace Sue Nicol, who is retiring Sept. 30 after 12 years as Doernbecher Foundation leader. Turina begins her new role Aug. 2.

“This is my dream job,” Turina said. “OHSU Doernbecher is our region’s most important resource for children and families, and I am honored to support its mission.”

Turina brings to the Doernbecher Foundation — the nonprofit fundraising affiliate of OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital — more than 15 years of leadership experience in both nonprofit and corporate environments. She previously served as president and chief operating officer for the Children’s Cancer Association, a regional nonprofit serving seriously ill children and their families.

During her six-year tenure at CCA, Turina extended the reach of core services, advanced fundraising activities and forged productive relationships with new corporate partners.

“We are excited about the experience and perspective Mary will bring to the Doernbecher Foundation’s important work,” said Ron Brake, president of the Doernbecher Foundation board of directors. “Her success leading a nonprofit with a mission so closely allied to Doernbecher’s combined with her high-profile corporate experience means she will make an immediate contribution to our team.”

Before beginning her work on behalf of children, Turina was a corporate executive, holding several leadership positions during her 12-year tenure at Portland General Electric.

“Mary is an outstanding choice for Doernbecher,” said Allan Price, OHSU Foundation president. “She is well-known in Oregon’s philanthropic community with a clear record of success. Her commitment to advancing children’s health and well-being will be invaluable as the Doernbecher Foundation gears up its fundraising efforts on behalf of OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.”

“Mary’s expertise will help us ensure that OHSU Doernbecher has the faculty, staff and resources to improve the health and well-being of all children in our region through excellence in care, education, research and advocacy,” said H. Stacy Nicholson, M.D., M.P.H., physician-in-chief, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Sue Nicol’s retirement follows numerous achievements as Doernbecher Foundation leader, including endowment of key faculty positions advancing pediatric research and care; expansion of OHSU Doernbecher’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Kenneth W. Ford Northwest Children’s Cancer Center; launch of the Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute; and creation of Doernbecher Freestyle, a signature fundraising partnership with Nike, Inc.

“Sue’s record of success and commitment to Doernbecher have been extraordinary,” said Brake. “She has expanded Doernbecher’s ties with its key philanthropic partners during a period of extensive growth. We thank her for her dedicated service on behalf of children in our region and far beyond.”

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About the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation

The Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that exists to secure private philanthropic support for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The foundation raises funds from individuals, companies, foundations and organizations, and invests and manages gifts in accordance with donors’ wishes.

About OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital is one of the top 50 children’s hospitals in the nation in eight specialties.* Each year OHSU Doernbecher cares for tens of thousands of children from Oregon, southwest Washington and around the nation. Children have access to a full range of pediatric care, resulting in more than 195,000 outpatient visits, discharges, surgeries and pediatric transports annually. Nationally recognized physicians ensure that children receive exceptional care in the most patient- and family-centered environment. Pediatric experts from OHSU Doernbecher also travel throughout Oregon and southwest Washington to provide specialty care to some 3,000 children at more than 154 outreach clinics in 13 locations. OHSU Doernbecher also has abroad telemedicine program, delivering neonatal and pediatric acute care consultation to hospitals across the state.

* US News Best Children’s Hospitals 2011-12.