Cara Williams Appointed to Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Cara Williams has been appointed to Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Cottage Health, which has approximately 3,600 employees and 1,000 volunteers.
Cara Williams, V.P. & Chief Human Resources Officer
Cottage Health’s former Vice President of Human Resources, Patrice Ryan, has retired after 16 years at the organization.
“Cottage Health has earned national recognition for its commitment to creating an outstanding workplace environment, which helps us strive for the highest level of patient care and patient experience,” Ms. Williams said. “I look forward to continuing and building upon these accomplishments.”
Ms. Williams was previously at Scripps Health in San Diego for nine years. She was most recently the Assistant Vice President of Patient and Staff Engagement and Human Resources. Her prior experience includes four years as the Regional Human Resources Director for ARAMARK Support Services Healthcare Division in Chicago, and seven years in district and regional human resources management with Best Buy Stores Inc. in Dallas, Texas.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, and an MBA with an emphasis on Human Resources from Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago. Her affiliations include memberships in the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Society of Human Resources Management.
Ms. Williams and her husband, Sean, have two children. They look forward to making the Santa Barbara area their new home.