Dell Children’s announces new leadership


Medical center’s new president, chief nursing officers named

Two new key leaders at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas — the only pediatric level I trauma center in Central Texas — have been named.

Christopher Born, MBA, CPA, most recently from Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, will take the helm as President of Dell Children’s. Elizabeth Fredeboelling, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, a Houston transplant from Memorial Hermann, will join Dell Children’s as Chief Nursing Officer.

A children’s hospital powerhouse

Christopher Born, who will begin his role as Dell Children’s president on October 9, has an extensive background in children’s health care, with experience in hospital operations, physician practice management, women’s services, and children’s health plans.

He joins Dell Children’s from Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where he spent almost three decades of his career in multiple leadership capacities and worked alongside current Ascension Texas President and CEO Craig Cordola. Dell Children’s is part of Ascensionthe largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

Most recently, Born served as President and CEO of Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s largest health plan for children with more than 430,000 enrollees and revenues in excess of $1.5 billion. Born built the plan from the ground up. In this role he reported to the Board of Directors for the largest provider-sponsored HMO in Texas, managed all financial obligations, and handled the areas of network develo pment, medical management and human resources.

During his time as President of the health plan, Born also established an extensive network of women’s services — Texas Children’s Women’s Specialists — to improve access to quality OB-GYN and maternal medicine services to meet the needs of the underserved throughout the Houston area.

Prior to his role within the Texas Children’s Health Plan, Born created a pediatric primary care network for Texas Children’s. Established in 1995, he led the effort to build Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates, the largest pediatric primary care group in the country with more than 250 physicians. 

Born serves on the Board of Directors of numerous professional organizations including Texas Association of Health Plans and is the past chairman for Greater Houston HealthConnect.

Originally from upstate New York, Born earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at State University of New York, Oswego, and his Master of Business Administration degree at Rice University.

An accomplished nursing executive

Starting November 5, Elizabeth Fredeboelling will join Dell Children’s from Memorial Hermann in Houston, where she held several roles and built a strong leadership team to support the hospital.

In 2011, she joined the Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center campus as Administrative Director of specialty surgery. Two years later, she was promoted to Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

The nursing leader also partnered with physicians from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston and was instrumental in building and expanding new programs in women’s services, pediatric neurosciences and pediatric surgery.

In addition to her role as CNO for the children’s hospital, Fredeboelling served as interim CNO for the entire Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center campus in 2015, the flagship academic facility for the health system.

Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, Fredeboelling spent seven years as the director of special care areas at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. There, she led operations of the cardiovascular intensive care unit (ICU), progressive care unit, pediatric ICU, inpatient cardiology unit and Kangaroo Crew transport program.

Fredeboelling has spent considerable time in the Lone Star State, but started her professional career as a pediatric emergency and ICU registered nurse in Chicago. She honed her leadership skills at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she was director of the pediatric emergency department and led the pediatric ICU and transport teams.

Fredeboelling received her Master of Science degree in Nursing and Health System Administration at Seton Hall University, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Elmhurst College in Illinois.