Karen Marie Joswick (nee Wilding), MHA, CHCIO, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, is an accomplished healthcare executive and recognized national thought leader. With over two decades of experience, including a background as a first responder, Karen has demonstrated her expertise in payment innovation, accountable care implementation, and health system operations.
Currently serving as the President at Benevolence Health, Karen leads with a passion for transformative change, supporting organizations towards new levels of ROI, value-based transformation, and accelerated growth in clinical, business, and academic portfolios. Her strategic vision and commitment to benevolent healthcare make her a driving force in reshaping the industry landscape. She served as the enterprise vice president and Chief Value Officer (CVO) for Nemours Children’s Health (NHC). Responsible for emerging value-based programs with over 200k children and 280M of medical and pharmacy expenses under management, including downside and capitated arrangements. She has led practice acquisition strategies, academic scholarship development, clinical program growth, and partnerships.
Before leading a pediatric portfolio, Karen was a senior leader at The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), responsible for their statewide clinically integrated network (UMQCN) and various accountable care programs (MDPCP, SIHIS, EQIP, etc.) under the one-of-a-kind Maryland TCOC all-payer model. She has extensive knowledge of commercial and government payer models, facilitating workstreams and process improvement efforts on accountable care for multi-state acute care facilities and practice locations. Enthusiastic about whole-person health, moving care upstream to advance health equity, and working to advance disparity reductions have been a focus of her clinical program leadership.
She holds a master’s degree in health administration (MHA), and several professional certifications in information technology, clinical informatics, and leadership. Karen serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOs). Serving as an academic advisor for over a decade, she has maintained an adjunct faculty appointment at Jefferson University, College of Population Health as well as Community College of Baltimore County. She contributes to podium presentations on topics ranging from clinical performance, and alternative payment models, to health equity, operational excellence, system transformation, and technology/data models.