Carolyn Caldwell, FACHE, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, has been elected to the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1., 2013. The Board of Trustees is the policy-making body of the AHA and has ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances. Centerpoint Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private-sector employer.
Caldwell is one of seven healthcare leaders nationwide elected to the prestigious Board of Trustees for the not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations. The AHA is committed to helping improve health care in communities across the country.
Caldwell was appointed chief operating officer (COO) at Dallas Southwest Medical Center and shortly thereafter interim CEO, coordinating the sale of the hospital to a physician group, following 12 years as a clinician. She was then appointed COO of Medical Center of Arlington, Texas, and later CEO of Lee’s Summit Medical Center, with responsibility for building an $85 million replacement facility. After opening Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Caldwell was again promoted by HCA to lead Centerpoint Medical Center.
Caldwell was recognized in the 2005 Class of Women Who Mean Business in Kansas City; 2008 Most Influential Women in Kansas City; 2010 Class of Kansas City’s Influential Women; and Women Worth Watching in the 2011 Profiles in Diversity Journal. She is very involved in the community and serves on the boards of the Independence Chamber of Commerce, Independence Economic Development Council, Harry Truman Library Institute, AHA Regional Policy Board 6 and is a past chair of the AHA’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management. She is an American College of Healthcare Executives fellow and is active in mentoring young executives.
Caldwell earned her bachelor’s of science degree from Alabama A&M University and a master’s in health administration (MHA) from Texas Woman’s University.
“I am honored to be a part of the national leadership team for the AHA,” says Caldwell. “My passion and commitment to providing excellent health care to the community here in Independence will help further the AHA’s mission.”
Mel Lagarde, president of HCA Midwest Health System, says Caldwell’s deep roots in the community and her impressive ability to build and lead effective and dedicated teams of employees and physicians will be assets to the AHA Board of Trustees. “Carolyn has demonstrated tremendous success in expanding progressive and innovative healthcare programs in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, reflecting HCA Midwest’s commitment to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” says Lagarde.