Parkridge Appoints Karen Beam As Vice President Of Quality

Friday, January 10, 2014

Parkridge Health System has appointed Karen Beam as Vice President of Quality. Ms. Beam returns to the Parkridge Health System from a position as Division Vice President of Clinical Performance with HCA’s TriStar Division in Nashville. A Chattanooga native, she served as the Parkridge system’s Market Director of Quality from 2006 to 2012.

 

In her role at Parkridge Health System, Beam will lead Clinical Education, Quality Management, and Clinical Performance for the four Parkridge hospital campuses.

Her primary responsibilities will include regulatory compliance, management of infection control practices, leadership of patient safety and Environment of Care initiatives, and management of professional education.

 

“I’m excited to rejoin the team at Parkridge Health System and I welcome the opportunity to share some of the best practices I observed during my time as a division executive,” said Beam. “The field of healthcare is changing more rapidly than ever before, and I look forward to meeting these new challenges at a facility level.”

 

Beam has over 30 years of nursing experience. A member of the American Society for Quality, she is a Lean Healthcare Certified Six Sigma Green Belt and holds a Certified Professional in Health Care Quality (CPHQ) designation from the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

 

Beam holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of St. Francis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Middle Tennessee Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from Middle Tennessee State University.

 

“We are pleased to welcome Karen back to Chattanooga and to Parkridge Health System,” notes Jerri Underwood, Chief Nursing Executive of Parkridge Health System. “Karen’s focus on clinical excellence and patient safety will further our commitment to providing the highest quality care for the communities we serve.”


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