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Committee Member Spotlight: Diversity & Inclusion Committee

by | Apr 18, 2022 | Blog

Carole Phillipson, MHA

Meet Carole Phillipson! Carole, a native Floridian, has lived in Lakeland since 1996. She served for 15 years as a Vice President of Operations at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. During that time she  had executive responsibility for master planning and overseeing construction and opening of the laundry building, the Cancer Center and its first expansion and the B wing and the parking garage . She also oversaw many other clinical and ancillary departments and functions at the hospital .

She also was responsible for renovation of the M wing, the behavioral health unit, the laboratory as well as many others areas. She oversaw the master planning and negotiating with the city to obtain the adjoining land South of the hospital for construction of the East Tower (now the Carol Barnett wing). Following LRMC , Carole became a Vice President in a similar capacity with Adventist Health System at Florida Hospital Carrollwood. There she was also responsible for support services, engineering and construction, Human Resources, their Occupational Health Clinic and their Wound Care Centers.

After Carrollwood, Carole worked as a Director of Business Development and Studio Director for Healthcare for an architectural firm, The Lunz Group. Carole is a graduate of Leadership Lakeland, Leadership Polk and the Citizens Police Academy. She has served on the Midtown CRA board as well as the Central Florida Healthcare board, and the Lakeland Police Pension Board.  She was a Campus Board member of USF Lakeland and USF Poly and was involved in the master planning, site selection and construction management of the campus now known as Florida Polytechnic. Carole also recently completed serving 3 terms on the USF foundation board. 

Carole currently serves on Lakeland Vision, Goodwill Suncoast Housing , InnerAct Alliance, and the Peace River Advisory Boards as well as the City of Lakeland Public Endowment Fund Board.  She is a certified public Pension trustee and a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare  Executives. She is a member of Downtown Lakeland Kiwanis. Carole graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from Tulane University and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is married to and they have 4 grown sons.

She has served on the committee for the past 2 years and has served as a mentor for the Diversity and Inclusion Emerging Leaders Mentor program.

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