Ascension Seton Executive Appointed to American Nurses Association Board


SILVER SPRING, Maryland – (August 15, 2012) – The American Nurses Association (ANA) recently appointed Charles J. Barnett, FACHE-president of health care operations and chief operating officer of Ascension Health and chairman of the Ascension Seton Board-to the Board of Directors of the American Nurses Credentialing Center(ANCC), the world’s largest nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of ANA.

Barnett has more than 40 years of leadership experience with not-for-profit health care organizations across the country. In January 2012, he became responsible for operations of all Health Ministries within Ascension Health. Before this appointment, he served as president and CEO of the Ascension Seton since 1993, and currently serves as chairman of the Ascension Seton board. Barnett_Charles200

His previous experience includes Texas/Missouri ministry market leader with Ascension Health, the nation’s largest nonprofit health care system, positions as vice president and chief operating officer of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA; senior vice president at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Mt. Clemens, MI; and executive vice president at St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL. He holds a master’s degree in health care administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati.

Barnett has received numerous honors recognizing his outstanding contributions to the health care field. These include the American Heart Association’s Distinguished Service Award for leadership during Hurricane Rita; a Bicentennial Medal from the Ascension Seton Legacy of Charity for significant contributions in social services, education, and health care; the Rostow Award from The Austin Project for making a difference in the lives of children; and Austinite of the Year from the Austin Chamber of Commerce for spearheading the successful partnership between The University of Texas System and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

“Charles Barnett brings a strong record of achievement and involvement to the ANCC Board,” says Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, ANCC’s executive director. “He is a proven health care executive, whose experience, leadership, compassion, and administrative skill will help ANCC realize its strategic goals in an increasingly complex health care environment.”

ANCC certifies nurses in dozens of specialty practice areas, accredits providers of continuing nursing education, and recognizes healthcare organizations for promoting safe, positive work environments through the Magnet Recognition Program®, Pathway to Excellence®, and Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care™ programs. The ANCC Board sets goals, policies, and long-range plans for the organization. Barnett began his two-year term on July 1, 2012.