At left: Sr. Michele Collins, CFNS, Chris Karam, Sr. Ricca Dimalibot and Sr. Jeanne Mary Connell attend the Mass and Rite of Commissioning for Chris at CHRISTUS St. Francis Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana. Chris is currently the CEO and SVP of Group Operations in Louisiana and SE Texas. Several of his immediate family, coworkers and friends were present to support him. At right: Chris is congratulated by the Rev. Scott Chemino, JCL, Delegate to the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Alexandria, officiant of the Mass and Rite of Commissioning.

CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini welcomed Chris Karam as Senior Vice President of Group Operations and President and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System in Alexandria, La. The Eucharistic Celebration and Commissioning to welcome him was held on Friday, June 14, 2019, at the CHRISTUS Cabrini Women’s and Children Hospital Atrium.

Chris will have oversight of all the system’s ministries in Louisiana and Southeast Texas, including CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini, CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System, CHRISTUS Southwestern Louisiana Health System and CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. His appointment follows the retirement announcement of Stephen Wright, current SVP of Group Operations and the departure of Nancy Hellyer, president and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini.

Karam has over 35 years of experience in healthcare, 32 of which were spent with a number of CHRISTUS facilities in Shreveport, La., Alexandria, La. and Beaumont, Texas. He has served as president and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Michael since 2003, during which time the hospital has earned numerous accolades and awards, including U.S. News & World Report naming it Best Hospital in Texas in 2016 and 2017. It was also named one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare four times, one of the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review and in the top 15 percent in the nation for outstanding patient experience in 2017 and 2018 by HealthGrades. The hospital earned Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2012, the most prestigious distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence. In addition, Karam led the negotiations that brought CHRISTUS St. Michael Hospital – Atlanta into the CHRISTUS system in 2013.

“CHRISTUS St. Michael has earned many impressive awards under Chris’s leadership,” said Jeff Puckett, executive vice president and chief operating officer of CHRISTUS Health. “But it’s really his heart that makes Chris an effective leader. Everyone he meets knows that Chris cares about our Associates, physicians and patients like he does his own family, and I’m proud that he will continue to serve our ministry in a broader role.”

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