Carol Lovin, executive vice president of planning and communications and president of Carolinas HealthCare System’s Management Company, was recently recognized as a top female leader at the Charlotte Business Journal’s 17th Annual Women in Business Awards Ceremony. The event honors 25 outstanding women who have made significant contributions to their professions and to their communities during the past year. The recipients were selected from nominations submitted by senior managers, colleagues, friends and employees.
“Carol is an exceptional, motivated leader with infectious energy and enthusiasm,” said Joseph Piemont, president and chief operating officer for Carolinas HealthCare System. “She lives the values of the organization and works tirelessly to ensure that the needs of patients and community members across the Carolinas are met. Her strategic and dedicated efforts add value to every business endeavor that crosses her path.”
In her role, Lovin is responsible for leading a team of more than 300 employees in the areas of strategic planning and development, performance enhancement, analytics, and communications and marketing. She helped create the System’s successful and effective data analytics department, Dickson Advanced Analytics Group, and she partnered with invention leader Edison Nation to form an online community of healthcare-focused inventors, Edison Nation Medical. Lovin also supported the development of an integrated communications, marketing and outreach team and of an innovative operating model for rural healthcare, receiving internal approval for $20 million development of a new facility.
Lovin focuses on building strong relationships as part of her business philosophy.
“There is rarely anything that anyone does individually, so it is important to be a great team member and leader,” she said. “My greatest aspiration is to continue to grow and to add value in every circumstance, be it personal or professional.”
She spent her youth growing up on a farm in South Dakota and began her career in healthcare as a registered nurse in an intensive care unit in Denver, Colo. Nine years ago Lovin was diagnosed with stage-3 malignant melanoma. Today, she is in remission and says it gave her a unique perspective of our industry.
Carol received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marion College and two master’s degrees, one in nursing from the University of Washington and one in health services administration from the University of Michigan.