March 2004

Berea Hospital, Berea, Ky.


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Angela Carman
President and Chief Executive Officer


Angie Carman has a strong tie to Berea Hospital: she was born there. “I enjoy working where I feel such a strong connection to the community and the people,” said Carman. “I have always wanted to do something that mattered and now I have that opportunity.” Berea is a 48-bed hospital that joined Catholic Health Initiatives in April 2003.

Being part of Catholic Health Initiatives provides Berea with access to more resources than were available when the organization was a stand-alone hospital. “Catholic Health Initiatives sees the same potential in Berea that I do and has the resources to help us advance our strategies,” Carman said. With assistance from CatholicHealth Initiatives, Berea is improving financial performance; implementing customer service and performance improvement measures; and preparing to launch a marketing campaign.

When Berea Hospital’s staff and board evaluated the systems it might have joined, Catholic Health Initiatives’ commitment to its mission stood out. “Every person in Catholic Health Initiatives shares a commitment to the mission,” said Carman. “When we talked with other market-based organizations, everyone said something about the commitment to quality care, the core values and serving the local community. It was unusual, and we could tell it was authentic.”

Carman has worked at Berea Hospital for 15 years, starting as a payroll coordinator before becoming director of human resources. She served as vice president of operations and chief operating officer, then as acting administrator and interim chief executive officer during the transition to Catholic Health Initiatives. In October 2003, she was named chief executive officer.

Carman has a master’s degree in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Ky., and a bachelor¹s degree in business administration from Berea College, Berea, Ky. She and her husband, John, have a daughter and a son in elementary school.