Carolyn Carpenter, M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E.

President, National Capital Region of JHHS

Carolyn Carpenter

Carolyn Carpenter, M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., is the president of the National Capital Region (NCR) for the Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS). Carpenter leads all hospital-based and community-based ambulatory sites across the NCR on behalf of Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), including Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital.

She is responsible for the strategic growth and operational performance of all current and future JHM entities and initiatives within the NCR which encompasses Washington, DC, and the adjacent counties in Maryland and Northern Virginia. 

Carpenter serves as a key member of the JHHS senior leadership team, participating in long-range strategic planning activities, working closely with clinical, academic and business leadership to ensure the organization provides high-quality outcomes, exceptional experiences and optimal value for patients and families.

Carpenter has over 25 years of health care administration leadership experience. She most recently served as the president of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and corporate vice president for Sentara Healthcare in Virginia, with executive oversight for Sentara’s cancer network, cardiovascular service line and pharmacy services. 

Prior to joining Sentara, Carolyn had a successful, 20-year career with Duke University Health System. During her tenure, she held several roles including, chief operating officer for the system’s flagship, Duke University Hospital, as well as associate dean and administrator for the Duke Cancer Institute and as associate vice president of Duke Health.

She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her master’s in health care administration degree from the Medical College of Virginia.