Cara A. Veale, DHS, OTR, FACHE, has been named as the Indiana Rural Health Association’s new Chief Executive Officer. Cara began her 13-year career at Daviess Community Hospital in 2007 as an occupational therapist serving in the hospital’s Inpatient Acute Rehab Unit, and later stepped into a management role as the director of Rehabilitation Therapy.
In 2015, Cara was promoted to Chief Patient Experience Officer. She has since provided high-level leadership training, facilitated training and implementation of various best practices at Daviess Community Hospital and served as a direct avenue for the patient and community voice. In 2017, Cara transitioned to the role of executive director of Provider Services and then into the role of vice president of Provider Services where she provided administrative oversight and direction to the medical practice groups, physicians, and advanced practice providers.
Cara received her Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) in 2018, which demonstrates her dedication to promoting the highest standards in professional, educational and leadership performance.
Cara joined the CKF-IN Board of Directors in 2020 and serves as the Board Secretary. She represents the Indiana Rural Health Association as a Permanent member.