Executive Chairman of the Board, Seton Healthcare Family
Charles J. Barnett, FACHE, assumed his role as the initial executive chairman of the board for Seton Healthcare Family on July 1, 2013. In this role, Charles provides leadership and guidance to the Seton Board in addition to working directly on strategic projects as senior vice president under the direction of Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Ascension.
Taking a leave of absence from his role as president and CEO of Seton Healthcare Family in 2012, Charles served in the interim role as president Healthcare Operations and COO Ascension Health of which Seton is a member, to oversee national operations; enterprise resource planning, IT and supply chain functions through June 2013. Prior to this role, in addition to his leadership role at Seton, Ascension Health named Charles one of its ministry market leaders. At that time, he assumed additional responsibility for overseeing strategic positioning and operational performance not only for Seton, but also ministries in Waco, Tucson and Missouri.
Charles has approximately 30 years of health care administration experience. Prior to joining Seton in 1993, he served as vice president and chief operating officer of Inova Health System and Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. He also worked for 10 years at St. Joseph Medical Center, part of the Sisters of Charity Healthcare System of Cincinnati and during his tenure held the position of executive vice president.
Charles is a member of Texas State Sen. Kirk Watson’s Organizing Committee for the development of a medical school on The University of Texas at Austin campus. He has served as chairman of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Capitol Area United Way, Austin Partners in Education, Children’s Optimal Health and the Texas Catholic Healthcare Association. He received the Heart Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005 for his leadership during the massive influx of patients into Central Texas as a result of Hurricane Rita and was recognized by Ascension Health with their Access Leadership Award. He recently received a Bicentennial Medal from the Seton Legacy of Charity in honor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, awarded for significant contributions in social services, education and health care. He also was recently named an Affiliate of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louis Province. Barnett was the 2007 recipient of the Rostow Award, which honors community leaders who have made a difference in the lives of children. He is an Affiliate of the Daughters of Charity St. Vincent de Paul West Central Province. He was named 2009 Austinite of the Year by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, principally for his leadership role in establishing a partnership with The University of Texas System and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He recently received the Xavier University Department of Health Services Administration 2013 Distinguished Alumni Service Award.
Charles began his health care career as an operating room technician in 1972 and earned a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Xavier University. He earned his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and taught history there before entering the health care field. He has authored articles on a variety of health care issues and has presented at numerous national health care conferences.