Charles Barnett
Healthcare Strategy Leader

Charles J. Barnett is the president of CognitiveScale’s healthcare business unit. He brings an illustrious 30-year career in healthcare administration to CognitiveScale’s senior leadership team. Prior to CognitiveScale, Mr. Barnett served as president and CEO of Seton Healthcare Family. Under his leadership, Seton Healthcare grew from a $200 million to a $2.5 billion organization. Subsequently, he was president of Healthcare Operations at Ascension Health prior to returning to Seton as executive board chair.

At Ascension Health, he guided the integration of Alexian Brothers Health System and Marian Health System, increasing Ascension Health’s assets by $4.1 billion to $26 billion.
Before joining Seton, Mr. Barnett was the vice president and chief operating officer of Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA.

Mr. Barnett is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and has earned numerous promotions, awards and accolades from the healthcare industry, former employers, and national and local organizations.

These include being appointed a member of the Organizing Committee for the development of a medical school at the University of Texas at Austin, Chair of the Capitol Area United Way, Austin Partners in Education, and Children’s Optimal Health. Mr. Barnett was named Austinite of the Year in 2009 for his various accomplishments. He received the Heart Association’s Distinguished Service Award and the Rostow Award for community leaders who have made a difference in the lives of children.

Mr. Barnett earned a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Xavier University. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Barnett has also authored articles on a variety of healthcare issues and has presented at numerous national healthcare conferences.

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