Leah Carpenter Named Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer For Memorial Healthcare System

June 28, 2021

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Leah A. Carpenter, FACHE, a nurse and longtime healthcare administrator, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer at Memorial Healthcare System. In her new role, Ms. Carpenter will oversee operations at all six Memorial hospitals, including Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, and major service lines, such as oncology, neurosciences, behavioral health, rehabilitation, global health, laboratory and pharmacy services.

Most recently, Ms. Carpenter had been CEO at Memorial Hospital West, a position she previously held at Memorial Hospital Miramar and Memorial Hospital Pembroke. In all, she has spent nearly two decades in a variety of leadership roles within Memorial and 34 years overall in the healthcare industry.

“With an unparalleled knowledge of healthcare systems and operations, Leah is exceptionally qualified to take on these new responsibilities,” said Aurelio M. Fernandez, III, FACHE, president and CEO of Memorial Healthcare System. “As a nurse, she possesses a deep understanding of Memorial’s focus on patient and family-centered care and has been intimately involved with the clinical side of healthcare.”

At Memorial Hospital West, Ms. Carpenter oversaw one of the region’s busiest hospitals and, during the height of the pandemic, one of the highest COVID-19 patient volumes in the state. It was during this time the CEO traded her suit for scrubs and assisted nurses on the front lines of care, strengthening the collaborative bonds between the hospital’s administrative and clinical teams.

“My background and experiences have enabled me to form critical relationships throughout the healthcare system, understand opportunities, communicate goals, and motivate individuals to work toward a common agenda. The perspective I bring to the COO position will ensure stability as Memorial continues to grow and become a destination for all levels of care,” said Ms. Carpenter.

A native of Newark and dual graduate of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Ms. Carpenter is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds memberships in the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the National Honor Society for Public Administrators. She has received local and national recognition for leadership, patient safety, quality, service excellence, and a commitment to community, where the Miramar resident and mother is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations.