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Carmen Appointed President & CEO of Adventist Health

Mary MarcdanteROSEVILLE, CA – Robert G. Carmen, executive vice president and COO of Adventist Health, was appointed president-elect to succeed Donald R. Ammon, who last month announced his intent to retire. Carmen will assume his new responsibilities October 1, 2007, according to Thomas J. Mostert, Jr., chairman of the board for Adventist Health. The decision was made at a special Board of Directors meeting today.

The board looked within the billion-dollar organization for its new leader to ensure that Adventist Health’s distinctive mission and vision continue to guide its strategic planning and decision-making processes. “The board found in Bob the proven leadership and management expertise as well as a candidate with history of service to Adventist Health,” states Mostert referring to Carmen’s lengthy tenure, which dates to 1971.

“During the many years I have worked with Bob, he has demonstrated superior leadership, personal integrity and business acumen,” adds Jere Patzer, vice chair of the board, who notes that Carmen couples his executive abilities with a clinical background, a combination that will benefit the health care system as a whole.

Carmen has more than three decades of health care experience — all gained at various Adventist Health facilities. He began his career at Glendale Adventist Medical Center in occupational therapy followed by another rehabilitation role at White Memorial Medical Center — two Los Angeles hospitals where he served as president later in his career.

In 1975, Carmen joined the executive ranks as vice president of Castle Medical Center and three years later became president of the Oahu facility. In 1983, he became a senior vice president at the corporate office and was responsible for six hospitals. In 1992, Carmen relocated to Southern California as a regional president and oversaw the operations of five hospitals and a medical foundation. He has served in his present position since 1999.

Carmen holds a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, and a master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.

He and his wife, Cindy, have two adult children and reside in Loomis, California.

Adventist Health is a not-for-profit, faith-based health system operating in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Founded on the Seventh-day Adventist heritage of Christian health care, Adventist Health is comprised of 19 hospitals with more than 2,800 beds, 18,000 employees, numerous clinics and outpatient facilities, 16 home care agencies and three joint-venture retirement centers. For more information, visit

Posted 4/4/07