PeaceHealth taps proven health care leader for transformational engagement programs

VANCOUVER, Wash. – With three decades of proven experience leading caregiver and provider engagement strategies, Carol Aaron is advancing to PeaceHealth’s newly created post of chief administrative officer (CAO). Carol Aaron

In her new role, Aaron is the first person to lead an innovative effort to align and fully integrate PeaceHealth’s internal and external engagement efforts. She is responsible for collaborating with community leaders and PeaceHealth caregivers to assure the best patient experience backed by PeaceHealth’s no-compromise commitment to providing quality care. Aaron will coordinate governance, people and culture, mission services, and engagement with caregivers, providers and patients.

Aaron previously served as chief human resources officer and senior vice president, people and culture, at PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit faith-based health system with 16,000 caregivers serving communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska for more than 125 years.

The announcement comes as PeaceHealth continues its transformational efforts to partner with local communities to improve their overall health and wellness. Additionally, the structural enhancements meet PeaceHealth’s deeply held commitment to creating sacred encounters through meaningful engagement with every community it serves. Under the new organizational structure, Aaron will head one of five service lines that report directly to Liz Dunne, PeaceHealth president and chief executive officer.

“Carol’s experience, knowledge and strategic insight have made her an invaluable partner to me as PeaceHealth pursues a more community-focused, integrated model of care,” said Dunne. “Carol is a dynamic leader with exceptional strategic insights who will serve PeaceHealth well as we transition from a marketing focus to a more engagement focus with our many and highly-valued patients, caregivers, partners and communities.”

Aaron has more than 30 years of experience in human resources and at Catholic health ministries. Before joining PeaceHealth in 2010, she spent 10 years with St. Joseph Health System, first as senior vice president, human resources and organization development, and later as system vice president, labor and employee relations. As system vice president, Aaron led employee engagement and advocacy for 24,000 caregivers throughout 14 hospitals in California, Texas and New Mexico, and helped SJHS become recognized as a worldwide Gallup Great Workplace for employee engagement for three consecutive years. Previously, Aaron held senior human resources positions at Sutter Health and Alexian Brothers San Jose Medical Center.

“I am inspired by PeaceHealth’s mission and the opportunity to work with such an exceptionally talented and mission-focused CEO and leadership team,” Aaron said. “This is an exciting time for our communities and our organization. With our shared mission to promote health and well-being in our communities, I look forward to fostering even stronger relationships at deeper levels in our communities.”