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Karen Blanchette

Executive Director

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Karen brings over 27 years of management experience to her position as the PAHCOM Executive Director with strength in both healthcare management and information technology. She gained extensive experience as a hospital administrator in the US Navy.

As a Lieutenant, Medical Service Corps, Karen served as the senior administrator of the 65 bed hospital onboard the USS John C. Stennis. One of her additional duties was to conduct the occupational health nuclear radiation program. Karen was the first woman healthcare manager ever assigned to an Aircraft Carrier.

Karen's early adoption of technology led her to serve as the CIO for Naval Dental Command Headquarters. She then went on to further solidify her technology career and excelled in software sales and management at Computer Associates. She led software development teams at CIBC, the second largest bank in Canada, as well as UPS Supply Chain Solutions medical logistics management for clients including Amgen and Johnson & Johnson.

In her personal life Karen holds a World Record in skydiving and is a tireless advocate for the empowerment of women through positive life experiences. Karen earned both her Bachelor of Science in Management and Masters in Business Administration from the University of West Florida.

Professional affiliations have included HIMSS, ACHE, Six Sigma, and of course, PAHCOM.