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Chris Karam Named President, CEO for CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini

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Chris Karam, CHRISTUS president and CEO, has been named as the new president and CEO of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System in Alexandria, La.  Jason Rounds, COO of CHRISTUS St. Michael in Texarkana, has been named interim president and CEO for CHRISTUS St. Michael in Texarkana.

Karam’s new appointment is effective Sept. 24.

As the CEO of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System, Karam will have oversight 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. Karam’s 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, on Sept. 28.

Karam has over 35 years of experience in health care, 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.

Rounds has served as COO of CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System for seven years. His previous appointment was at CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier, where he served as vice president and administrator from 2007-2011. He has roughly 30 years of experience in health care in New Mexico, East Texas, Louisiana and Texas in finance and accounting, managed care contracting and negotiation, business planning, physician relations and administration and operations.

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