Charles Barnett, Healthcare Group President, CognitiveScale
Charles is currently President of the Healthcare Group at CognitiveScale, an industry-optimized cognitive cloud software company. Previously he served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Seton Healthcare Family. He was the original Chair of the Board of COH and returned to that position in 2014 after taking a leave of absence from his role as president and CEO of Seton Healthcare Family in 2012. Charles served in the interim role as President, Healthcare Operations and COO Ascension Health of which Seton is a member, to oversee national operations, enterprise resource planning, IT and supply chain functions through June 2013. Prior to this role, in addition to his leadership role at Seton, Ascension Health named Charles one of its ministry market leaders. At that time, he assumed additional responsibility for overseeing strategic positioning and operational performance not only for Seton, but also for ministries in Waco, Tucson, and Missouri. Charles has approximately 30 years of health care administration experience. Prior to joining Seton in 1993, he served as vice president and chief operating officer of Inova Health System and Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. He also worked for 10 years at St. Joseph Medical Center, part of the Sisters of Charity Healthcare System of Cincinnati, and during his tenure held the position of executive vice president. He is the recipient of multiple awards including the distinguished Service Award in 2005 for his leadership during the massive influx of patients into Central Texas as a result of Hurricane Rita, the 2007 Rostow Award, which honors community leaders who have made a difference in the lives of children, and the 2009 Austinite of the Year by the Austin Chamber of Commerce.