Tulsa, OK—Core Clinical Partners today announced that Katherine Barkat, RN, MBA, will join Core as the Director of Operations for the Tulsa market. Barkat is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, an accomplished operational leader and a 20-year healthcare veteran. For the last several years she has been implementing and supporting operational strategy for bariatrics, breast, kidney transplant and neurosciences for Ascension St. John Hospital in Tulsa.
“Katherine will be a fantastic addition to our growing team in Tulsa,” said Core CEO Dr. Boykin Robinson. “She is passionate about improving quality for patients and will bring a collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit as she works to implement new initiatives on behalf of our partner, Hillcrest HealthCare System.”
“I am extremely excited to be joining Core and partnering with the Hillcrest System,” Barkat said. “I am passionate about quality, growth and strategies to better meet the needs of the community. I am looking forward to working with an agile team that is leveraging the opportunities in today’s changing healthcare landscape to make sustainable change.”
Barkat has a nursing background in critical care and emergency medicine and has successfully led health system initiatives including opening a new breast center, service line growth and development, LOS reduction, LTAC utilization, earlier discharges, cost optimization and continuity of care. Her previous work at Ascension spanned roles in operations, administration and performance improvement. Most recently, she served as Ascension St. John’s Director of Clinical Operations.
Barkat holds a BSN from the University of Phoenix and an MBA from Louisiana State University. She is also certified through GE’s Change Acceleration Process (CAP) program.
About Core Clinical Partners
Core Clinical Partners is a hospital-based physician services company founded on the principles of partnership, transparency, and clinical alignment, overseeing 25 emergency medicine and hospital medicine programs in five states and serving more than 500,000 patients annually. In a market where outsourced groups have become vendors to their hospitals and staffing agencies to their physicians and advanced practice providers, Core does things differently by providing unique partnership models for both health systems and physicians that align their own compensation to quality metrics. By combining the capabilities of a national group with the kind of individualized, on-the-ground service usually only found in smaller groups, Core is able to guide hospitals and health systems on their journey toward top-tier metrics and outstanding patient experience.