Adventist Health, Roseville, Calif., named Robert Carmen its new president and chief executive officer, effective Oct. 1. He will replace Donald Ammon, 65, who last month announced plans to retire by year-end, capping a 42-year career with the not-for-profit healthcare system. Carmen has been Adventists executive vice president and chief operating officer since 1999.
Carmen began his career with the system in 1971 as an occupational therapist at the Glendale (Calif.) Adventist Medical Center. He joined the executive ranks in 1975 as vice president of Castle Medical Center, Kailua, Hawaii, and three years later was named president of the facility. In 1983, Carmen became a senior vice president, responsible for six hospitals, and in 1992 he was named a regional president, overseeing the operations of five hospitals and a medical foundation in Southern California.
The board found in Bob the proven leadership and management expertise as well as a candidate with a history of service to Adventist Health, Adventist Chairman Thomas Mostert Jr. said in a news release.
Adventist operates 19 hospitals in four states. It recently sold Paradise Valley Hospital, National City, Calif., to for-profit Prime Healthcare Services. -- by Laura B. Benko