Patient Safety Institute


Don C. Black

As President of Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA), Mr. Black has seen this business organization of pediatric hospitals grow from a handful of institutions to the nation’s largest business alliance of children’s hospitals. He leads CHCA in strategic planning, pediatric-focused investing, Member services, membership growth, and new business development.

Mr. Black has worked in the healthcare industry for over 20 years. He began his career at Creighton Omaha Regional Health Care Corporation in 1976. From Omaha, he accepted a position at Excelsior Springs City Hospital where he served as Administrator. In 1979 he moved to Kansas City where he held a variety of positions with Health Midwest. His last assignment at Health Midwest was Vice President of Marketing and Development. In this position, he was responsible for planning, directing and controlling marketing and sales functions, developing corporate sales plans and providing marketing consultation to the management of system hospitals. He also became an investment banker, specializing in healthcare, at Piper, Jaffray & Hopwood, Inc.

Mr. Black is involved in a number of professional organizations, including the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Society of Healthcare Planning and Marketing and The Young Presidents Organization. He currently serves on several outside corporate boards and charity organizations. He holds a B.A. from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University of Minnesota.