Karen Paolinelli Appointed Chief Executive Officer
May 18, 2018, Madera California: Madera Community Hospital Board of Trustees
announce the appointment of Karen Paolinelli, RN, PA-C, FNP-C, Chief Executive Officer.
With overwhelming support and confidence from the Board of Trustees, Karen
Paolinelli was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Madera Community Hospital.
“Karen’s appointment is a clear reflection of the Trustee’s
commitment to continued transformation of our healthcare system,”
said Stell Manfredi, Chair, Madera Community Hospital Board of Trustees.
“Her passion for clinical and service excellence as well as her
ability to execute high level initiatives ensures our hospital’s
chief executive is aligned with the Trustee’s commitment to providing
quality healthcare for the communities we serve,” added Manfredi.
Paolinelli has served as Interim Chief Executive Officer since November
2017. Karen began her career with Madera Community Hospital more than
35 years ago as a nursing aid. She continued her education earning Physician
Assistant and Family Nurse Practitioner credentials and in 1992 was instrumental
in developing the Hospital’s Rural Health Clinic system, Family
Health Services. In 2014, Paolinelli was appointed as the Chief Operating
Officer (COO) for Madera Community Hospital. In addition to overseeing
Family Health Services & Chowchilla Medical Center, as COO Karen led
the Laboratory, Radiology, Case Management, Admitting and Scheduling Departments.
“Karen’s extensive clinical experience; from launching Madera’s
first Emergency Department Fast Track, serving as a bedside nurse in the
Intensive Care Unit and her continued work as a mid-level provider for
orthopedics, frames her ability to foster a culture of compassion with
a commitment to clinical quality,” said Manfredi. Karen’s
leadership established the Medical Specialty Clinic, RapidCare and the
Family Nurse Practitioner – Clinical Residency Education Model with
Fresno Pacific University. The adoption of centralized scheduling and
ongoing increases in outpatient service utilization are additional results
of Karen’s commitment to operational efficiency.
“I am humbled by the confidence our Trustees have in my leadership,”
said Karen Paolinelli, Chief Executive Officer. “I love this hospital,
I love what we do, and the breadth and the diversity of all the people
we serve. I am thrilled with the opportunity to infuse my passion for
clinical and service excellence into our corporate culture while guiding
the growth and expansion of vital healthcare services in Madera,”
Karen earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University
Fresno and her Physician Assistant and Family Nurse Practitioner credentials
from University of California Davis. She maintains provider privileges
at Madera Community Hospital, credentialed for outpatient care and first
assistant in surgery.
About Madera Community Hospital
The only hospital located on State Highway 99, our 106 bed General Acute
Care facility was founded in 1971 by a group of citizens committed to
providing quality emergency and hospital services to Madera County residents.
Today Madera Community Hospital is the County’s premier health system
providing integrated care through access to primary and medical specialty
services with Rural Health Clinics in Chowchilla and Madera.
Madera Community Hospital is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation
Program and recognized as Top 10% in the Nation for Labor and Delivery
Care by Healthgrades as well as a recipient of the Blue Cross Center of
Distinction for Labor and Delivery Care. In the Fall of 2017 Madera Community
Hospital earned an “A” in patient safety from The Leapfrog
Group. For more information about Madera Community Hospital visit