WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Dr. Karen “Bobbi” Carbone has been promoted to president of Wake Forest Baptist Health, becoming the first woman executive in that role, the center’s board of directors said today, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
Carbone will retain her role as chief operating officer. She becomes one of the top five executives at the center.
The promotion from executive vice president is designed to “reflect the scope of accountabilities” for Carbone, who was hired in January and took on her new roles with the center March 1.
Carbone replaced Dr. Thomas Sibert, who is retiring Aug. 31. He stepped down as president and chief operating officer March 1. Sibert is serving as interim chairman of psychiatry and a special advisor to Dr. John McConnell, the center’s chief executive, on Medicaid and health-care reform strategies until his retirement.
Carbone’s responsibilities include oversight of care delivery and coordination, patient-related business systems and faculty and staff alignment at all locations. McConnell said the naming of Carbone as president “more accurately recognizes that expertise.”
Carbone’s career including working in the United Arab Emirates at Abu Dhabi Health Services, most recently as group chief operating officer for clinical operations. She also served as chief operating officer for Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, Mich., a $2 billion, three-hospital system with 15,000 employees.
The center has not disclosed publicly Carbone’s compensation.
Sibert received a 10 percent drop in total compensation to $1.02 million for fiscal 2012, the latest executive compensation total released by the center. His salary rose 9.3 percent to $690,081, while his incentive bonus dropped 30 percent to $164,710.