New Leadership at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Announced December 01, 2017

Charles Hankins

Dr. Charles Hankins will join CHRISTUS Health as the President and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio effective January 8, 2018. Dr. Hankins will serve as Senior Vice President with responsibility for enhancing and growing pediatric services in coordination with the Chief Executive Officers of the U.S. and Latin American health care ministries of CHRISTUS Health System.

“Dr. Hankins will be a dynamic addition to our leadership team as we near completion of our $150 million construction project that has transformed our downtown campus into San Antonio’s first and only free-standing hospital for children and new mothers. He’s bringing a wealth of knowledge to our community and to our ministry,” said Dominic Dominguez, Chief Executive Officer, CHRISTUS Health South Texas.

“I’m excited to start this next chapter in my professional career by joining CHRISTUS. I’m also thrilled to become part of the San Antonio community with its rich heritage and culture – especially as the city kicks off its tricentennial celebration in 2018,” said Dr. Hankins. Dr. Hankins will maintain his academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.

As President and CMO, Dr. Hankins will be part of a newly implemented dyad leadership model at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio in which he will serve side by side with an administrative leader to guide the Hospital and its network of ambulatory care services in the community. Mr. Dominguez will serve in the administrative role on an interim basis while a nationwide search takes place to fill the position. The dyad structure has been successfully deployed in other CHRISTUS Health regions and proven to be effective in ensuring that strategy and decision-making are performed with physician and clinical guidance, as well as administrative and operational insight.

Dr. Hankins will have a matrix reporting relationship working closely with Mr. Dominguez in his leadership role for The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio and with Jeff Puckett, Chief Operating Officer for CHRISTUS Health, on the CHRISTUS Health network in the U.S. and Latin America.

Dr. Hankins is a highly regarded clinician and leader with more than 30 years of experience as a practicing neonatologist, clinical faculty member, and leader in some of the country’s most prestigious medical and academic institutions. His experience includes 14 years as Associate Professor of Pediatrics with Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where he has held two inaugural CMO roles at Texas Children’s Hospital – West Campus and Texas Children’s Hospital – The Woodlands. Dr. Hankins has also served as Medical Director of Texas Children’s Hospital Community Initiative’s Program to assist adult hospitals in accommodating pediatric needs.

Dr. Hankins’ educational credentials include an undergraduate degree in education from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and a clinical fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. He also completed a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee.