University Hospitals has tapped Aurora resident Patricia DePompei, a veteran of more than 20 years at the health system, as president of its children's and women's hospitals.

DePompei had served as interim president of UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and MacDonald Women's Hospital since last summer, when Mike Farrell stepped down from the post to become president of Advocate Children's Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill.

"Patti has an unwavering commitment to quality patient-and family-centered care and is the consummate champion for women's and children's health services," said Dr. Fred C. Rothstein, president of UH Case Medical Center, in a news release.

"Her vision and leadership have helped position University Hospitals as a national leader in pediatric and women's health care."

DePompei has held various leadership roles at the health system, including head nurse manager for the neonatal intensive care unit, director of recruitment services, director of critical care services and pediatric network and vice president of patient care operations for the women's and children's hospitals.

She played a key role in planning Rainbow's new $26 million neonatal intensive care unit.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to lead two organizations with such a rich history of caring for women and children in Northeast Ohio and beyond," DePompei said in the release.

"I look forward to partnering with the physicians, staff and volunteers and furthering the mission of Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and MacDonald Women's Hospital."