AUSTIN, Texas—St. David’s North Austin Medical Center has named Becky Barnes as its new chief operating officer (COO), effective May 21, replacing Sheri Dube, who retired in March.
“Becky began her 18-year healthcare career working in a number of clinical roles before serving in senior management, and she brings a unique perspective to our hospital,” Tom Jackson, the chief executive officer of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, said. “Becky’s clinical knowledge, combined with her operational experience and proven leadership skills, make her an exceptional addition to our executive team.”
Barnes most recently served as COO at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana, where she started her healthcare career as a respiratory therapist and later served as vice president of operations. As COO, Barnes managed a number of significant capital projects, including an emergency department expansion and helipad construction, as well as construction design for a new breast imaging center and patient tower renovation.
Prior to this, Barnes served as COO at the Regional Medical Center of Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana, where she managed a multi-specialty cardiovascular expansion project.
Barnes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in cardiopulmonary science from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is also a registered cardiac sonographer and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
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St. David’s North Austin Medical Center
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, which is part of St. David’s HealthCare, is a 424-bed multi-specialty, acute care facility dedicated to the highest level of women’s health services, including maternity and newborn care with Level I, II and III nurseries at the adjacent St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas. The facility also features a 24-hour emergency department, the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery, the Bariatric Center, heart and vascular center, Level 4 epilepsy center, neurology and neurosurgery, a kidney transplant program, inpatient, and outpatient surgery and acute inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, among many others. St. David’s North Austin Medical Center is also home to St. David’s Children’s Hospital. St. David’s Surgical Hospital, which opened in October 2016, is a campus of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.
St. David’s HealthCare
With more than 119 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization has been recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 10,200 employees.
St. David’s HealthCare is a unique partnership between a hospital management company and two local non-profits—St. David’s Foundation and Georgetown Health Foundation. The proceeds from the operations of the hospitals fund the foundations, which, in turn, invest those dollars back into the community. Since the inception of St. David’s HealthCare in 1996, more than $425 million has been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of Central Texans.