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Barker Named Louisville Market Vice President for Quality, Clinical Effectiveness

Connie BarkerConnie Barker has been named vice president, Quality and Clinical Effectiveness, for Baptist Health’s Louisville market.

Barker has been director of Quality and Outcomes Management at Baptist Health Louisville (formerly Baptist Hospital East), since 2009.

In the newly-created position, she will expand her role by assuming responsibility for initiatives that focus efforts on shared quality goals and improved clinical outcomes and efficiencies for Baptist Health Louisville, Baptist Health La Grange, Baptist Health Medical Associates, Baptist Health Urgent Care, Baptist Health Occupational Health and Wellness, Baptist Health Rehab, and Baptist Health Network. 

“Connie will be responsible for leading the continual improvement of our clinical outcomes and efficiencies across all of our services in the Louisville market,” said David Gray, Baptist Health Louisville president.

A native of Cincinnati, she has more than 30 years of experience in hospital and clinical operations, including nursing, quality management, performance improvement and information systems.

The 56-year-old earned her master’s degree in nursing administration from The University of Cincinnati, and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Xavier University.

Barker has spent the bulk of her career in the Cincinnati area, beginning her career as a nurse’s aide and then nurse at Bethesda Hospital there. Following a two-year stint as a staff nurse at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, Barker returned to Cincinnati, rising from staff nurse to assistant divisional director for nursing operations improvement, at The Christ Hospital. She then worked with The Health Alliance in Cincinnati for 13 years, where she last served as Quality director for St. Luke Hospital.

She and her husband, Scott, live in the Louisville area.