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Carmen Announces Retirement

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September 17, 2013 (Roseville, CA) – Robert G. Carmen, President and CEO of Adventist Health, has announced his retirement, according to Ricardo Graham, chairman of the board. On April 1, 2014, Carmen will conclude his 44-year career with the health system which spans the states of California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

The board of directors for Adventist Health regretfully accepted Carmen's decision yesterday and has initiated a process to select his successor. That decision is expected before the end of the year.

“Bob is a leader who has successfully navigated many challenges and shifts within this industry. Adventist Health has proved itself a dynamic organization, which has benefited from Bob’s lengthy tenure. He has made tremendous contributions to Adventist Health and to his credit has assembled an accomplished senior leadership team to continue this legacy of service,” states Graham.

Carmen assumed his current position October 2007, after serving as executive vice president/COO for the Roseville, California-based system since 1999. Previously, he was president of Adventist Health/ Southern California, where he oversaw the operations of five hospitals and a medical foundation. Simultaneously, Carmen was the president of White Memorial Medical Center and Glendale Adventist Medical Center both in the Los Angeles area. Prior to that, he was vice president of Region I, which encompassed Adventist Health’s Central California hospitals. He also served as president of Castle Medical Center in Kailua, Hawaii. An occupational therapist by training, he began his career in rehabilitation services.

Carmen has played a direct role in many organizational milestones. During his six-year tenure as president, Carmen has championed rural health clinics, innovation, quality and growth. However, the most visible legacy of Carmen’s leadership will be the shift towards ambulatory services. This includes the formation of Adventist Health Physician Services and the clinics as well as out-patient services. These sites which are now in excess of 180 are bringing more health care and preventive services to hundreds of communities across four states.

Carmen is a graduate of Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California, on whose board he presently sits. He also holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Health Care Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver. In addition, he is affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including the California Hospital Association and sits on the CHA board of trustees as well as the CHA executive committee.

In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Carmen, a resident of Loomis, California, and his wife, Cindy, have two adult children as well as two grandchildren.

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Adventist Health is a faith-based, not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system serving communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 28,900 includes more than 21,200 employees; 4,500 medical staff physicians; and 3,200 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist health values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 19 hospitals, more than 180 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 14 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Visit for more information.