Karen Hawkes

Karen Hawkes

Vice President of Operations, Beacon Health

Karen Hawkes, M.S., is the vice president of Operations for Beacon Health.

Karen is responsible for leading Beacon Health’s operational functions. She plays a significant role in the development and implementation of Beacon Healths's strategic plan and service delivery. She also leads performance improvement efforts by leveraging technology and clinical analytics. Partnering with Northern Light Health, business, and community leaders to help advance population health strategies is a key function.

She began her career with Northern Light Health in community health and coalition building. During that time her work with the community health coalition, the healthcare delivery system, and Maine’s public health infrastructure shaped her view of population health. Healthcare that impacts population health must be delivered beyond the walls of a hospital or clinical facility. By looking at healthcare as a partnership between community and the traditional healthcare delivery system, Karen passionately believes it will have a greater impact on the health of our communities.

Karen supports the community by serving as a member of Penquis District Coordinating Council.


  • Master of Science, Recreation, Parks, and Sports Leadership

Karen became the vice president of Operations, Beacon Health in 2020.

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