She Started Her Career As A Nurse. Today, Carolyn Wilson Is Helping To Revolutionize A $4 Billion Health System.
Beaumont Health was created in 2014, when Beaumont Health System merged with two other Detroit-area systems. When John Fox, the former CEO of Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, joined the system as president and CEO in March 2015, he wanted top-notch people on his team. One of those turned out to be Carolyn Wilson, whom we placed as Chief Operating Officer in January 2016.
It didn’t take long for Wilson, who began her career as an RN in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to make her mark. A $2.5 million renovation at Beaumont’s Rose Cancer Center got underway in 2016, following the completion of the 25,000-square-foot Proton Therapy Center, the first of its kind in the state. She served as interim president of the Royal Oak Hospital; and in 2016 oversaw the $3 million demolition of a shopping center near the health system’s main campus, for redevelopment. In November 2016, Beaumont broke ground on a $160 million expansion, its largest building project in 20 years. Also in 2016, Beaumont placed nine facilities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s best hospitals.
In 2016, Wilson was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women” by Crain’s Detroit. Upon being honored, she offered these words: “I have had great pride in being a nurse. I think that it has heavily influenced my ability to be an effective leader in healthcare… Being a servant leader is innate to being a nurse.”