Dori served as President and Chief Executive Officer at The Children’s Hospital, Denver, Colorado from July 1998 to January 2007. Prior to assuming the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, served as Senior Vice President, Director of Nursing, then as Senior Vice President/Patient Care Services, and as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. Created the vision and strategic direction to establish new modalities for the care of children. Established professional nursing at The Children’s Hospital as a national model. Provided visionary leadership for the establishment of joint appointments with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, and School of Dentistry. Provided leadership for the planning and development of a new Children’s Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus which opened October 2007. Led efforts in partnering with other healthcare entities to meet child healthcare needs in the community. Implemented strategic direction to improve operational efficiencies. During her tenure, the Hospital successfully exceeded budgeted financial projections on an annual basis. In addition, The Children’s Hospital was consistently ranked among the top ten children’s hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.
Biester served on the Board of Directors and as Board Chairman of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions and is a former trustee of the Rose Community Foundation. She currently serves on the boards of the Gates Family Foundation, Clayton Early Learning, and University of Colorado Hospital, as well as on the Education Committee for Rose Community Foundation.
She received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Iowa, her M.S. in Pediatric Nursing (Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program) from the University of Wisconsin, and her Ph.D. in Nursing (Communities and Organizations) from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.