Karima Bentounsi Appointed CEO at Detroit Medical Center

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Karima Bentounsi
Karima Bentounsi // Photo courtesy of Detroit Medical Center

Karima Bentounsi has been appointed by the Detroit Medical Center as CEO of its Adult Central Campus hospitals. Her appointment became effective Aug. 10.

Bentounsi is a senior level executive and has been serving as interim CEO of the Adult Central Campus hospitals since June. Before that, she served as the DMC Group COO and COO of the Adult Central Campus. Throughout her career, she has helped navigate hospitals through challenging environments and has brought together physicians and key stakeholders to create shared visions of moving toward common goals.

“Throughout her career, Karima has successfully served in various executive roles within highly complex and matrix health care institutions,” says Audrey Gregory, CEO of the DMC. “Karima is a valuable member of the DMC team, and we are fortunate to have a leader who is so committed and dedicated to our community.”

Bentounsi joined the Detroit Medical Center in August 2017, where she served as the president and CEO of DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. Under her leadership, the hospital attained higher levels of performance, which lead to achievements worthy of a Leapfrog Grade A rating. This distinction is held by only 41 hospitals nationwide.

“To me, working in health care is more than just a job; it’s a vocation and a privilege,” says Bentounsi. “I look forward to serving alongside the outstanding team of Adult Central Campus hospitals in delivering high quality and safe care to our community.”

Bentounsi moved to Michigan from Chicago, where she served as CEO of Weiss Memorial Hospital. She previously served as senior director of operations at Cook County Health and Hospital System in Chicago, the third largest public health system in the United States.

Bentounsi holds a Master of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management and is currently pursuing her doctorate in health care administration. She is also an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The DMC will begin a national search to fill the role of DMC Group COO of the Adult Central Campus.

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