Riley Health hires new president from Connecticut

Gil Peri

The former president of a Connecticut children’s hospital has been named president of Riley Children’s Health, the statewide system for pediatric care at Indiana University Health.

Riley announced Tuesday afternoon that Gil Peri started his new job this week.

Riley Children’s Health includes pediatric care at numerous IU Health facilities, including Carmel and Bloomington, in addition to its anchor location, Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Peri, 48, begins his new job just as the system is about to undertake its biggest project in at least a decade—relocating its maternity services from Methodist Hospital to new, centralized maternity and newborn health unit at Riley Hospital, as part of a $142 million expansion. The move is set to take place in September.

Peri succeeds Matthew Cook, who served as president for 5-½ years and left last year to take a job as  president of Benioff Children’s Hospitals at the University of California San Francisco.

Peri recently served as president and chief operating officer of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. He previously worked at several other children’s hospitals, including Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

“I have had the great opportunity to meet Gil and am confident in his unwavering commitment to the patients, families and community we serve,” Dr. Ryan Nagy, Riley Children’s Health interim president, said in written remarks.

Riley provides a wide range of medical and surgical services, including burn care, cancer care, trauma care, organ transplants and newborn intensive care.

Riley is nationally ranked as a top children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report and is the only nationally ranked children’s hospital in Indiana. It served more than 200,000 patients last year.

Peri holds master’s degrees in business administration and public health from the University of South Florida, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in biology.

Peri and his wife have two children and will be relocating to Carmel.

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