Crystal Kohanke has been named the senior vice president and chief people officer for Arkansas Children’s.
In this role, Kohanke will lead Arkansas Children’s human resources division, which encompasses two children’s hospitals, a statewide network of clinics, a philanthrophic foundation and a research institute. Her official start date is Monday, Feb. 22.
“Crystal’s commitment to relationship-building and her track record as a results-focused leader make her an excellent match for leading Arkansas Children’s culture, growth and professional development strategies,” Arkansas Children’s president and CEO Marcy Doderer, FACHE, said in a statement. “People are our most important asset, and we are at a crucial moment as work culture evolves to meet challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Crystal’s leadership will help our team of more than 4,000 people surmount these obstacles while further building on our exceptional culture of safety, teamwork, compassion and excellence.”
Kohanke is currently the group vice president of human resources for CHRISTUS Health South Texas. Prior to joining CHRISTUS Health in 2011, she held similar roles at Harland Clarke.
“The mission of Arkansas Children’s is inspiring and its culture aligns beautifully with my passion for cooperation, partnership and always focusing on the patient,” Kohanke said. “I look forward to guiding the strategies and resources our workforce needs to achieve a bold mission and vision, motivate excellence and cultivate engagement that sustains our collective efforts.”
She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Mary’s University and a master’s degree in human resource management systems from Chapman University.