In 1978, Phoenix was the ninth largest metropolitan area in the country and growing fast. Though rich in resources, the Valley did not have a dedicated pediatric hospital. Bold leaders from health care, business and the giving community answered the call and began the process of establishing a hospital exclusively for children. Phoenix Children’s opened within Good Samaritan Hospital on September 18, 1983, and operated as an independent hospital there for nearly 20 years. In 2002, Phoenix Children’s opened in its current location as Arizona’s first freestanding specialized pediatric hospital.
In 2008, PCH expanded with specialty and urgent care centers in the East and Northwest Valley. In a valued collaboration, Ronald McDonald House Charities opened an 18-apartment center on campus to serve the needs of families seeking care far from home. That same year, PCH broke ground on a $588 million multi-year expansion. Today, the hospital’s 11-story tower offers a comprehensive, family-centered medical center that allows doctors and nurses to deliver expert care and healing to our community’s youngest patients.
Today, Phoenix Children’s Hospital is home to the state’s largest group of pediatric specialists and sub-specialists. This includes physicians, nurses, technicians and others who are dedicated 100% to the needs of children.
Robert L. Meyer, Chief Executive Officer
Robert L. “Bob” Meyer serves as Chief Executive Officer for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, recognized as a leading children’s hospital for its high volume and quality care. Phoenix Children’s is one of the country’s largest and busiest children’s hospitals, with 433 licensed beds and a medical staff of nearly 1,000 practitioners across 75 pediatric specialties.
Meyer joined Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2003, taking over the leadership of current operations and future growth for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Phoenix Children’s Medical Group and the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. Previously, Meyer served as Vice President and National Director for Health Strategy Practice for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, based in Irvine, Calif. As a consultant, he was tapped by Phoenix Children’s to stabilize the organization following a challenging chapter in the hospital’s history.
During a tenure as interim CEO, Meyer is credited for the rapid and significant turnaround of the hospital’s finances and operations. He has been heralded for his strong operational and financial management skills, ability to unify diverse constituencies, and his strategic focus to realize the vision and mission of the hospital and advance pediatric health care in Arizona. Meyer earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1981.