Bell served in various nurse leader roles at AdventHealth Orlando, including director of nursing for the inpatient cardiovascular, cardiothoracic transplant and wound care service lines. In 2018, Karen was called to serve as the chief nursing officer of AdventHealth Manchester, located in Manchester, Kentucky. In this role, Bell had comprehensive executive oversight and accountability for nursing practice at Manchester, including inpatient, ambulatory and emergency settings. Additionally, she oversaw patient care and clinical ancillary services, including COVID-19 clinical operations response, cardiopulmonary services, pharmacy, clinical education, care navigation, patient experience, infection prevention, risk, quality and accreditation and clinical informatics.
Bell is a highly respected, engaged, mission-driven leader supporting patient and nursing advocacy by encouraging nursing practice advancement, emphasizing the consumer experience, and elevating clinical care delivery. Her nursing career has been dedicated to living a life of significance each day with a purpose and a passion for serving others.
Bell received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. She continued her education at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, earning a Master of Science in Nursing degree. Bell achieved her Board Certification for Nurse Executive, NE-BC, and is currently a participant in the AdventHealth Executive Leadership Program.
Bell and her husband, Chris, have three daughters, Hailey, Ryleigh and Taylor. Bell loves reading, spending time outdoors and volunteering within her community. Bell’s favorite pastime is baking treats with her daughters to share with family and friends.