Paige Dooley, MSN, MBA, R.N., NE-BC
Vice President, Nursing, Community Hospital East
Dooley has worked at Community Health Network since 1985, when she started her nursing career as a medical-surgical nurse at Community Hospital East. She held various nursing roles throughout the network until 2003, when she moved into nursing administration. Most recently, Dooley served as a professional practice consultant for the network, evaluating and implementing systems to improve standards of care, practice and performance.
Dooley received an associate’s degree in nursing at the University of Indianapolis and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ball State University. She has a master of science in nursing and a master of business administration from Anderson University. Dooley is president of the Anderson University School of Nursing chapter of the Alumni Association and is a member of the Indiana State Nurses Association, Society for Nursing Excellence, and Sigma Theta Tau international nursing honor society.
Kristen Edwards, MBA, MSN, R.N., CNML
Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive, Howard Region
Kristen is a results-oriented nursing professional with 18 years of experience, all with Community Health Network. Prior to coming to Community Howard, she spent her career at Community Hospital East in a number of roles. After beginning as a general staff nurse with a specialty in critical care, Kristen became clinical manager for the critical care and progressive care units before serving as nurse manager for the progressive care unit. In her most recent role, she served as the director of medical surgical nursing, med-surg therapies, and dialysis.
Kristen has a master of science in nursing administration and a master of business administration from Anderson University. Kristen earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree with distinction from Purdue University. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives and the Society for Nursing Excellence.
Pam Hunt, BS, MSN, R.N.
Interim Chief Nursing Executive, Community Health Network, North Region
Pam Hunt earned her master of science degree in nursing from Indiana University, her bachelor of science in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan and a diploma in nursing from Parkview-Methodist School of Nursing. She came to Community Heart and Vascular Hospital from Howard Regional Health System in Kokomo, where she had served as chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services since August 2008. In that role, she supervised operations for the patient care division of an acute care hospital and was responsible for the delivery of quality, patient-centered care throughout the facility. Hunt’s career experience also includes serving as administrative director of perioperative services and the division of critical care and magnet program director at Marion General Hospital, where she began her career as a registered nurse.
Hunt has been published on a variety of nurse management topics and is actively involved in several professional organizations, including the VHA Chief Nursing Officer Group and the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives. She is a frequent presenter at area and national conferences and volunteers her time serving local community organizations, including the Chief Nursing Officer Advisory Board of Indiana University Kokomo.
Sarah Knisely-King, R.N.
South Region Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Executive
Sarah has more than 13 years of nursing, leadership and hospital administrative experience. In her most recent role with Community Hospital South, as director of emergency services, Sarah engineered a major transformation leading to high quality patient outcomes, throughput and rapid growth.
Sarah holds a Master of Science in Nursing Administration degree from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Purdue University. She is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association as well as the Indiana Organization Nurse Executives and American Organization Nurse Executives.
Deborah Lee, R.N., BSN, MLD
Chief Nursing Officer, West Region
Deborah (Debi) Lee has extensive clinical background in nursing and nursing management in hospitals, as well as community nursing. She earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, and her Master in Leadership from Saint Mary of the Woods College.
Debi is currently Community Westview Hospital’s chief nursing officer. Prior to this position, she worked as a respiratory therapist at Indiana University Hospital, a staff nurse on Community Westview Hospital’s medical surgical nursing unit, a school nurse at Van Buren Elementary School in Plainfield, Indiana, a nurse liaison for Community Westview Hospital’s Acute Rehabilitation Center, and as Community Westview Hospital’s manager of utilization review.
Carol Whitesel, MSN, R.N.
Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, Community Hospital Anderson
With more than 33 years of nursing experience, including multiple leadership roles in diverse clinical departments, Carol has a strong background across all patient care areas. She spent her first 11 years as a bedside nurse in Med/Surg, OB and rehabilitation, creating a firm clinical foundation. She came to Community Hospital Anderson in 1991, first working in Pregnancy Plus, doing outreach in the community by visiting new mothers and babies in their homes and teaching a variety of educational classes. She later assumed the management role of Pregnancy Plus, Healthy Hearts, Diabetes Care Center, Wound/Ostomy and the Anticoagulation clinic. Eventually, becoming the director of Women’s and Children’s services, managing the OB and Pediatric units as well. In 2012, she moved into her current role of Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer. In this role, she oversees most of the clinical services provided at Community Anderson.
Carol’s collaborative leadership style has allowed her to create a strong clinical leadership team who focus on quality, safety and patient satisfaction. She holds an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing from Anderson College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Nursing from Western Governor’s University. She is a member of IONE, inducted in the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and received the Outstanding Professional award while attending Indiana Wesleyan University.