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Chief Nursing Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Karen Fay Clements, RN, BSN, MSB, FACHE

Karen Fay Clements

Karen Clements was named Chief Nursing Officer for Dartmouth-Hitchcock in September 2016. A U.S. Army Nurse Corps veteran of Operation Desert Storm, she has been the Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock since 2016, most recently overseeing Nursing in Ambulatory, Primary Care, Emergency and Psychiatric Services, Care Management, System Staffing and Patient Placement. She has more than 20 years of experience in providing emergency care, strategic planning, operations, and new program development in both tertiary and small specialty hospitals.

Before joining Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Clements was the Vice President of Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at Acadia Hospital in Bangor, ME. She also worked for 19 years in multiple roles at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Clements attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and is a member of several professional health organizations. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Clements is involved in the Upper Valley region as a volunteer for organizations including the Hanover Chamber of Commerce, Granite United Way and the Girl Scouts. She is President-elect of Riverside-Lebanon Rotary Club in Lebanon, NH.

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