Chief Operating Officer
As executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO), Paul Kappelman is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company’s hospitals, health care facilities and clinics. He works in conjunction with hospital CEOs and management teams, physicians and joint venture partners to improve operations, employee and physician engagement, quality, service, and financial viability. He also is responsible for leading Ardent’s operations support team and serving as a liaison between the home office and joint venture boards. His collaborative nature has been integral to driving positive results in all facets of hospital operations, quality, service and financial performance.
Prior to joining Ardent in 2017, Mr. Kappelman served as president of hospital operations for LHP Hospital Group, Inc. since 2010 and, most recently, interim CEO. Previously, he was chief executive officer at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, and chief executive officer at Northwest Medical Center in Oro Valley, Arizona.
Mr. Kappelman began his health care career in New Orleans as an undergraduate at Tulane University, where he also earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration and completed a fellowship with Tulane University Hospital and Clinic. He is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).