Cathy Barr, RN, BSN, MBA
Cathy Barr, RN, BSN, MBA
Board Member, Healthcare President, COO ● Transformational Leader, Advocate and Partner for Change
Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

  • Focus: Contributions are valued by peers
  • Accountability: Thoroughly contributes in all areas
  • Sense of Urgency: Consistently responds in a timely fashion
  • Team: Frequently supports and responds to peers

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Level: LEVEL 01

12 month points: 0 ptsView details

Total points: 27 pts

Hospitals 15
Healthcare 5
Public Health 5
Leading transformational change
Healthcare Innovation
Healthcare Management
Team Building
Strategic Planning
Home Care
Healthcare Information Technology
Cross-functional Team Leadership
Process Improvement
Clinical Research
Healthcare Consulting
Leadership Development
Quality Improvement
Community Outreach
Patient Safety
Strategic Financial Planning
Change Management
New Business Development
Career Development Coaching
Business Innovation
Health Care Reform
P & L Ownership
Care Continuum
Healthcare Reform
Speciality Hospitals
Home Healthcare and Hospice
P&L Management
Transformational Leadership
Board Governance
Health Policy
Government Advocacy
Operational leadership


Recognized as a transformational Healthcare Executive, and Board Member my goal is to make a positive and sustainable difference while improving the health of the community. I do this by creating impact, collaborating, developing, and partnering with dynamic teams that redesign care.

HEALTHCARE OPERATIONS TRANSFORMER – as the former Regional President and COO of HealthEast, I focused on operational excellence across the entire continuum. I was proud to lead in an organization dedicated to providing exceptional clinical outcomes, improving patient transitions, population health, and expanding primary care options for high-quality, low-cost care.

BOARD MEMBER – I have served in executive leadership roles in boards focused on strategy, governance, growth, expansion, sustainability, capital campaigns, investments, M&A, post acquisitions, partnerships, and succession planning. I served as President, Chair, Vice Chair and Executive Committee member American Hospital Assn Council, PAC, Cerenity, CLUES, Women's Health Leadership TRUST, and Community Health Charities.

PARTNERSHIP FOR INNOVATION – REDESIGNED CARE – Prior to joining HealthEast, I led the transformation of care delivery operations at HealthPartners system to focus on the patient’s needs which resulted in a more seamless approach to care. In addition, we created an Oncology Center of Excellence.

HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY ADVOCATE - Committed to public policy and industry advocacy, I have been active in legislative issues affecting health care on the federal and state level. I have provided testimony at the State Capitol and also attended CMS and Med Pac in Washington, DC on important regulatory issues.

ROOTS IN NURSING FOR DIVERSE POPULATIONS – I began my career as a bedside nurse in inner-city neighborhoods which impacted my life’s work. I continue to focus on redesigning and aligning care delivery services to respond quickly to changing and diverse communities.


East Region President / COO

Fairview Health Services

June 2017 - Present

East Region President for Fairview Health System. Formerly, HealthEast Care System. Member of executive team negotiated merger and acquisition of HealthEast Care System with Fairview Health Services.

• Assumed Regional President role post-merger with responsibility of post-integration activities. Service alignment achieved 10 million + savings within a 5-month period.
• Developed and designed strategic plans for each hospital entity to support continuum and patient centered flow. Ensuring an operational plan was aligned with Health System. Translates business vision into strategy with clear operational goals, objectives and performance plans.
• As COO of HealthEast, had responsibility for clinical and operational leadership and direction for a 2.7 Billion Dollar Integrated Health Care Delivery System of HealthEast Care System, in conjunction with Chief Medical Officer.
• Responsible for the integration of care across the continuum including transition management and redesign efforts i.e. Reimaging and Grow Primary Care; Staffing Model Cell, and Behavioral Health Services expansion (moving from 68 to 105 inpatient beds).

Former President Of The Board Of Directors | Board Member

Women's Health Leadership TRUST

November 1999 - Present