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EXCOM Member

Karen Johnson


Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer, Behavioral Health Division

As Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for the Behavioral Health Division of Universal Health Services, Johnson is responsible for the management and oversight of clinical operations and regulatory practices for the approximately 200 behavioral health facilities across the United States and Puerto Rico. She interfaces with accrediting organizations and leads the clinical staff in the development and implementation of best practices to ensure that quality and safety are primary initiatives in each organization.

Johnson represents the company on the Health Systems Corporate Liaison group with The Joint Commission and the Quality Committee of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. She is the clinical representative to the UHS partnership with the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention focusing on the implementation of Zero Suicide in UHS facilities while focusing on the Transforming Health Systems component of the Alliance.

Johnson has held corporate-level leadership positions in Clinical Services since 1999. Prior to that, she served as a hospital administrator in freestanding psychiatric facilities.

Johnson holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Social Work from the Loyola University of Chicago. She resides in the Chicago area.

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