Carolyn P. Caldwell, FACHE


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Dignity Health/St Mary Medical Center


Carolyn P. Caldwell, FACHE, is president/CEO, Dignity Health-St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, Calif.

She also serves on the Board of Governors of the of the American College of Healthcare Executives, an international professional society of more than 48,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. With comprehensive programs in credentialing, education, career counseling, publications and research, ACHE works toward its goal of being the preeminent professional society for leaders dedicated to advancing health.

Board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow, Ms. Caldwell has served on various ACHE committees over the years.

Prior to joining Dignity Health-St. Mary Medical Center in 2017, Ms. Caldwell was president/CEO, Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs, Calif., from 2012 to 2017; president/CEO, Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence, Mo., from 2007 to 2012; and president/CEO, Lee’s Summit (Mo.) Medical Center, from 2004 to 2007. Prior to that she was vice president/COO (2000 to 2003) and interim CEO (2003), Medical Center of Arlington (Texas); and interim CEO (1999 to 2000) and COO (1996 to 1999), Dallas Southwest Medical Center. Earlier, Caldwell held several laboratory leadership roles at organizations in Texas, and she was a medical technologist at hospitals in Texas and Alabama.

Ms. Caldwell has received various awards throughout her career. The most recent include the 2016 Steve Chase 100 Women Award, the Palm Springs Life 2016 Women in Business Award—Corporate Leader, Women Leaders Forum 2015 Inspiration Award and the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission Community Service Award in 2015. In addition to her service to ACHE, she serves on the board of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. Previously, she served on the board of the American Hospital Association from 2013 to 2015, as chairman of the board of AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity in 2011, and she has held many other board appointments during her career.

Ms. Caldwell received a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Texas Women’s University, Dallas, and a bachelor’s degree in zoology and chemistry from Alabama A&M University, Normal, where she graduated cum laude.