Headshot of Sister Carol Keehan

Sister Carol Keehan, DC

Former President/CEO

Daughters of Charity / Catholic Health Association of the United States

Sr. Carol Keehan was the ninth president/CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, having assumed her duties in October 2005 and retired in June 2019. Sr. Carol worked in administrative and governance positions at hospitals sponsored by the Daughters of Charity for more than 35 years. Prior to joining CHA, she was the board chair of Ascension Health’s Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Fla. Prior to that, she served for 15 years as president/CEO of Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. In the early 1980s, Sr. Carol served as Providence Hospital’s vice president for nursing. In addition, she served in leadership positions at Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland, Md., and Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. In 2014, she was elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Sr. Carol serves on the finance committee of the Archdiocese of Washington and on numerous other boards. Her many awards and honors include the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Cross for the Church and Pontiff), bestowed by Pope Benedict XVI, and the Seton Legacy of Charity Medal. In 2010, Time magazine named Sr. Carol one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” She has appeared on Modern Healthcare’s list of “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” for several years. Sr. Carol earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from St. Joseph’s College in Emmitsburg, Md., and a Master of Science degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina. She has also received several honorary doctorates.