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Paolinelli Named Chief Executive Officer

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  • Written By: Sherrie Bakke

Karen Paolinelli Appointed Chief Executive Officer

Karen PaolinelliMay 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,” added Paolinelli.

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