After nearly eight years of service as president and CEO of Rady Children’s Hospital, Kathleen Sellick will retire for medical reasons, the hospital announced.

Sellick suffered injuries in a horseback riding accident in August 2012. She returned to work after one month, but in November 2013, as a result of several complications and upon the advice of her physicians, she began a medical leave.

Kathleen Sellick, president and CEO of Rady Children's Hospital. Photo courtesy of the hospital.
Kathleen Sellick, president and CEO of Rady Children’s Hospital. Photo courtesy of the hospital.

“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. ”

During her tenure, Rady opened the Acute Care Pavilion in 2010, a state-of-the art patient care facility, established an alliance with Children’s Hospital Orange County and expanded services into Southern Riverside County.

In 2011, Sellick was named Woman of the Year by San Diego Magazine.

“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 board of trustees. “We thank Kathleen for her significant contributions and wish her the very best as she transitions into this new phase of her life.”

— From a Rady Children’s Hospital press release

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.