Don Mueller



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Don Mueller was a featured speaker at HealthSpaces ’18

Don Mueller is the Chief Executive Officer for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger (CHE). Mr. Mueller joined Children’s in June 2015 and is the senior executive responsible for the region’s only comprehensive regional safety net hospital providing pediatric access in a 55,000 square mile radius of Chattanooga, serving more than 100,000 patients annually. This 125-bed hospital is supported by clinicians in 22 pediatric subspecialties partnering with community pediatricians to care for the region’s children. In 2016, CHE trained over 10,000 healthcare workers on reducing injuries, preventing trauma, and improving pediatric health. CHE hosts the only mobile telemedicine support unit for school nurses in the country and offers the region’s only Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), pediatric and neonatal transport program and Level I pediatric trauma program.

Mr. Mueller is leading the planning and development of a new children’s hospital in Chattanooga starting with a Phase 1 $40 million, 90,000 square foot outpatient medical building. Phase 2 will include all new private pediatric rooms, a Level IV NICU, the region’s only dedicated pediatric facilities including a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), cancer center, inpatient unit, emergency room and pediatric radiology suites.

Prior to joining Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, he worked both on the payor side as well as the provider side of health care. Mr. Mueller provided strategic direction for the human, fiscal and capital resources for both clinical and non-clinical areas of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Most recently, he took the system’s vision to address autism and created the largest treatment and research center for pediatric autism services in the nation.

Mr. Mueller also helped establish the 10-year Vision 2018 strategy that positions Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to be a top pediatric hospital in clinical, research, teaching and wellness. In addition, he supervised the final stages of the largest healthcare facilities expansion project in Georgia—ensuring Children’s will have the facilities necessary to meet the increasing demand for pediatric services for years to come.

Mr. Mueller has served on multiple not-for-profit boards including the Georgia Transplant Foundation, Georgia Coalition on Donations, and Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. He has been selected by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of Atlanta’s Top 40 under 40, as a Healthcare Hero, and one of the 50 Most Influential Not for Profit Leaders. Mr. Mueller currently is on the board for the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House.

“Don’s extensive experience and community involvement proves that he works to improve the lives of children and families through service and by applying sound business principles to improve outcomes, increase access and decrease costs in a changing marketplace,” said Robert M. Brooks, FACHE, executive vice president and COO of Erlanger.

Mr. Mueller has worked in healthcare since graduating from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts in Business. He received a Master of Business Administration from Loyola College in Maryland. Last year he became an American College of Healthcare Executive Fellow.

Outside of the hospital, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children.