(Retired) CEO Jeff Barber: Listening to the Community at Owensboro Medical Health System

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Jeff Barber, PhD, MBA, FACHE, served as the president and CEO of Owensboro (Ky.) Medical Health System since 2004. He retired in 2012.


Dr. Barber has been in healthcare since 1979. Prior to becoming CEO of OMHS, Dr. Barber served as the president and CEO of North Mississippi Health Services for 13 years.

In his history of healthcare leadership, Dr. Barber has turned around academic hospitals and healthcare systems. He has also effectively managed large-scale capital projects. Currently, Dr. Barber is overseeing the building of a new hospital that is set to open in 2013.

Dr. Barber believes in listening to the community and taking community members' comments on the health system to heart. "When we listen to the concerns of our patients, we learn ways to improve our quality of care," Dr. Barber wrote in his most recent blog post. "For me, every conversation about OMHS is a chance to hear how we're doing and to consider new ways to build a healthier community,"

In addition to his duties at OMHS, Dr. Barber serves as a director on the boards of the Kentucky Hospital Association, Kentucky Wesleyan Collage, Solutions Group, the Healthcare Foundations Group, the Owensboro Cancer Research Program and Kentucky BioProcessing. Previously, Dr. Barber served as a director for the Owensboro Community and Technical College Foundation, RiverPark Center and Go Economic Development boards.

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