Mlawsky previously served as the senior vice president and chief executive officer of the Hospital Division of the University of Arizona Health Network, where she was responsible for leading two academic medical centers with more than 700 beds and 4,500 staff members.
“Karen is a respected and trusted leader with more than 25 years’ experience in driving strategic growth, building key relationships and shepherding improvement initiatives,” said Judy Rich, president and CEO of Tucson Medical Center.
“I have immense confidence in Karen’s ability to help lead TMC through this exciting period of dynamic change in the national and local healthcare marketplace. As a nonprofit, locally-governed hospital whose mission is rooted in community, we are thrilled to have someone who knows this region join us in the next phase of our commitment to deliver comprehensive community care, embrace innovation and inspire operational excellence.”
Mlawsky, who came to Arizona after serving as executive director of The Ohio State University Hospital East, joined the University Medical Center in 2006 as vice president of UMC North and Oncology Services, where she led a team to develop and implement a strategic plan to expand services at the Arizona Cancer Center Clinic. After serving as vice president of Clinical Operations for UA Healthcare, she assumed leadership as CEO of the Hospital Division for the University of Arizona Health Network in May 2011.
“Southern Arizona is a special place, and I am looking forward to continuing to serve this community,” Mlawsky said. “I have always admired TMC’s commitment to its patients, its connections to the physicians who practice there and its deep ties to the community – and I am excited to be part of an organization that is committed to those priorities and values.”
Mlawsky, who will assume her duties the last week of April, replaces David Ressler, who left in February 2015 to assume the executive director role for a multi-state organization formed in cooperation with a Colorado-based rural hospital network.