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President Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer for Ascension Health, Charles J. Barnett, will present the commencement address to the Concordia University Texas spring graduating class of 2013 at Riverbend Centre on Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m.
Barnett previously served as president and CEO of The Seton Healthcare Family before taking a leave of absence to oversee operations at Ascension Health ministries, where he also has responsibility over enterprise resource planning, IT, facilities and supply chain function.
Ascension Health is the nation’s largest Catholic and largest nonprofit health system, and the third-largest system (based on revenues), in the United States. Its mission-focused Health Ministries employ more than 150,000 associates serving in more than 1,500 locations in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Last year, Ascension Health provided $1.3 billion in care of persons living in poverty and community benefit programs.
With more than 40 years’ experience in health care, Barnett began his career as an operating room technician, later earning a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Xavier University. He also earned bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati, where he taught history and was a doctoral candidate in the history of medicine. He is currently a member of the Xavier University Health Services Graduate Program Advisory Board and has authored articles on a variety of health care issues and has presented at numerous national health care conferences.
Locally, Barnett is a member of Texas State Senator Kirk Watson’s Organizing Committee for the development of a medical school on The University of Texas at Austin campus. He has served as chairman of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Capitol Area United Way, Austin Partners in Education, Children’s Optimal Health and the Texas Catholic Healthcare Association.
Barnett lives in Austin with his wife, Carol. They have two sons, Clayton and Christopher, and two grandchildren. The Barnett’s attend St. Mary’s Cathedral church in Austin.
Commencement services are free and open to the public. Seats do fill quickly, so early arrival is recommended. Doors may be closed once the service begins to avoid disruption.