General Manager - Chicago South
Cathy Carlson is a General Manager for VITAS Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of end-of-life care. In this role, she oversees VITAS’ Chicago South, Illinois program operations, develops and expands business potential and represents VITAS in the community. She has more than 20 years of patient care and healthcare management experience.
Cathy joined VITAS in 2000 as a Team Manager in the Chicagoland South program. She was promoted to Patient Care Administrator in 2004 and to Senior Patient Care Administrator in 2010. In 2016, she was promoted to Associate General Manager and a few months later to General Manager. In 2012, she was a recipient of the VITAS Best Award and has also been recognized with VITAS’ Leadership Council Award three times. Prior to joining VITAS, Cathy served as Director of Nursing at Glenshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre in Richton Park, where she served for four years.
Cathy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University. She earned two Associate’s Degrees, one in Business and the other in Nursing from Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL. She is a member of both the Three Rivers and South Suburban chapters of the Continuity of Care Association. Cathy is also certified in CPR and is a Certified Rehab Nurse.