First African American woman appointed to the CEO role in Mount Carmel’s 138-year history.

LIVONIA, MICH./COLUMBUS, OH. (May 9, 2024) — Trinity Health has announced Tauana McDonald, FACHE, as president and chief executive officer of Mount Carmel Health System. She will begin her role July 1, 2024. The Mount Carmel Board and Trinity Health selected McDonald following a national search. She succeeds Lorraine Lutton, who announced her retirement late last year.

McDonald’s appointment makes her the first African American woman to be named president and CEO of a health system in Central Ohio as well as the first to lead the Mount Carmel Health System in its 138-year history.

“Tauana is a dynamic leader well-poised to lead Mount Carmel into the next chapters of success,” said Trinity Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ben Carter. “She was critical to Mount Carmel’s financial, quality and culture turnaround. Her track record of excellence speaks for itself.”

McDonald joined Trinity Health in 2003. With a thoughtful and values-driven approach, she quickly advanced in roles of increasing responsibility transforming large clinical operations and initiatives across the system. In 2017, McDonald took on the newly created role of chief administrative officer at Mount Carmel. She led the system’s work to align operating models and develop programs and partnerships that strengthened the system.

In 2020, Tauana was promoted into an expanded role and was named president and chief operating officer of Mount Carmel Grove City. Tauana is a trusted and influential leader whose results-driven, versatile leadership drove Mount Carmel’s stabilization and growth during and after the pandemic.

“I’m thrilled to begin this new role and continue partnering with our incredible colleagues and staff in building on the momentum we’ve created here at Mount Carmel to advance our Mission,” McDonald said. “I’ve come to call Columbus home and am honored to serve the needs of the Central Ohio Community.”

Tauana received her bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University and holds a master’s degree in health service management and policy from the University of Michigan. A Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Tauana serves on the boards of the Mount Carmel Behavioral Health Hospital, Mid-Ohio Food Collective and is President of the OSU/Mount Carmel Alliance Board. She is a member of the American Hospital Association Health Services Executives, Ohio Hospital Association Strategy and Innovation Council and active in numerous national and local service organizations. Tauana was recognized as Lifeline of Ohio’s 2023 Executive of the Year, a 2023 Women for Economic and Leadership Development honoree, an Uplift Her honoree for the 2022 African American Male Wellness Agency and named to Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Executives 2016.


About Trinity Health

Trinity Health is one of the largest not-for-profit, Catholic health care systems in the nation. It is a family of 121,000 colleagues and nearly 36,500 physicians and clinicians caring for diverse communities across 27 states. Nationally recognized for care and experience, the Trinity Health system includes 101 hospitals, 126 continuing care locations, the second largest PACE program in the country, 136 urgent care locations and many other health and well-being services. In fiscal year 2023, the Livonia, Michigan-based health system invested $1.5 billion in its communities in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. For more information, visit us at, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and X (formerly known as Twitter).

About Mount Carmel Health System

Mount Carmel Health System, a member of Trinity Health, has provided high-quality, comprehensive healthcare services in central Ohio for more than 130 years. Our team of more than 9,000 colleagues, 2,300 physicians and 550 volunteers provide compassionate, people-centered primary and specialty care at its four hospitals—Mount Carmel East, Mount Carmel Grove City, Mount Carmel New Albany and Mount Carmel St. Ann’s, as well as Diley Ridge Medical Center, an affiliation of Mount Carmel and Fairfield Medical Center. The health system is also comprised of Mount Carmel Medical Group and Mount Carmel Health Partners, along with surgery centers, emergency and ambulatory care centers, and hospice and home care services throughout