Cardinal Health Chairman and CEO George Barrett Named New Chairman of Healthcare Leadership Council

gbarrettgreyscaleWASHINGTON – George Barrett, the chairman and chief executive officer of Cardinal Health, will assume the role of chairman of the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) this month. HLC is an alliance of leading companies and organizations representing all sectors of American healthcare. Barrett was selected by his fellow HLC member executives to serve the two-year term as the organization’s chair. He succeeds Susan DeVore, the president and chief executive officer of Premier, Inc.

Barrett has been at the helm of Cardinal Health since 2009. Cardinal Health, a Fortune 500 company, is a global, integrated healthcare services and products company providing customized solutions for hospital systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices worldwide.  Barrett has spoken frequently in interviews and public forums about the opportunity to modernize delivery and payment systems to further improve the world-class healthcare that is delivered every day in the United States.

“The members of HLC share a common goal of fostering innovation to develop breakthrough cures and medical treatments, but as important, to bring innovation to the delivery and coordination of care making it more accessible and patient centered,” Barrett said. “We are at an inflection point in American healthcare and I am honored to be the Chairman of HLC at this important time.”

HLC, a nonpartisan organization, is engaged in advocacy on a wide range of issues, including Medicare and Medicaid reforms, health data access and interoperability, health insurance market improvements, and initiatives to incentivize healthcare innovation.

“As we enter a period of significant transition in health policy, we are fortunate to have a chairman who has hands-on experience in strengthening healthcare quality and safety while improving efficiency and who has been a leading voice for patient-centered reforms,” said HLC president Mary R. Grealy.