The Ohio Hospital Association announced the induction of Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, to the Health Care Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, created to commemorate the association’s centennial, honors men and women who have made extraordinary contributions to the delivery of health care for Ohioans.

Sister Judith Ann Karam, CSA, is the congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, the founding religious community of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she entered the congregation in 1964, and has served as its congregational leader since July 2013. Previously, she served as the president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System from 1998 to 2013.

Sister Judith Ann began her health care career in 1962 and has served as pharmacy technician, pharmacist and health care administrator. She has extensive experience in health care administration, including serving as CEO of several Sisters of Charity Health System hospitals, developing a new joint venture hospital, forming health care partnerships, restructuring partnerships, developing conversion foundations, developing a nursing home serving 22 Catholic religious congregations and lecturing on behalf of the uninsured.

She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has served on the boards of hospitals and health care in sponsored entities of the Sisters of Charity Health System since 1973. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Health Legacy Award, the Humanitarian Award and the 2011 Community Health Champion Award.

Sister Judith Ann received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Duquesne University and Master of Science in Hospital and Health Services Administration from The Ohio State University. In 1998, she completed a sabbatical at The American College, Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. She is a 1986 graduate of Leadership Cleveland and an avid Cleveland Indians and OSU Buckeyes fan.

We congratulate Sister Judith Ann on this well-deserved achievement!