Karla J. Perez
Karla J. Perez
Vice President, Acute Division
Regional Vice President
Karla Perez serves as the Regional Vice President of seven hospitals within the Western Region of Universal Health Services. In her current role, Karla provides oversight to the operations of Spring Valley, Summerlin, Desert Springs, Valley, and Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Centers in Las Vegas and Palmdale Regional Medical Center in Palmdale, California and Northern Nevada Medical Center in Sparks, Nevada.
Karla has worked in the Las Vegas community for 30 years, where she assumed a wide variety of duties ranging from business development to overall hospital operations. These responsibilities have allowed her to advance her career with numerous promotions over the years to her previous positions as CEO of Desert Springs Hospital and Spring Valley Hospital. In those roles, she was named to the 2002 UHS Chairman’s Council, a recognition reserved for the top CEOs in the company. She repeated that recognition again in 2006 and in 2007. She was also the recipient of the Eagle Award from Universal Health Services, an award given to CEOs for achievement of excellence and commitment.
Karla serves and has served on many non-profit boards and professional associations. She is the past President of the Board of Directors for the Nevada Hospital Association. She has also served as President of the Southern Nevada Healthcare Executive Forum. In addition, she served as President of the Nevada Health Information Management Association. During that tenure, she was honored by the American Health Information Management Association, receiving the “Outstanding Young Professional” Award.
Karla graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a B.S. degree in Health Records Administration. In 1992, she was honored by the University with the “Graduate of the Decade” Award and in May, 2010, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award. In 1992, she also received her Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of St. Francis. In 2008, she was honored with the Professional Achievement Award from the University of St. Francis Alumni Association.