Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Names Carol L. Barsky, MD, MBA as System Chief Quality and Value Officer

Carol Barsky, MD

Prioritizing and developing safety, quality and value, with patients and employees in mind, is one of the most important responsibilities of any healthcare system. I am grateful for the opportunity to join D-HH ....

Carol L. Barsky, MD, MBA

Carol L. Barsky, MD, MBA, currently the executive vice president and chief quality officer for Hackensack-Meridian Health in Edison, NJ, has been appointed the chief quality and value officer for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) system.

In this role, Dr. Barsky will be responsible for providing system-wide leadership and strategic oversight for all D-HH quality, safety, patient experience and value activities and opportunities. In addition, she will work closely with other D-HH chief officers to develop policies, programs, metrics, reporting and accountability to implement improvement in regard to safety, quality assurance and operational excellence.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Barsky to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health leadership team,” said D-HH Chief Clinical Officer Edward J. Merrens, MD, MHCDS. “Carol comes to us with extensive experience in leading quality and value in health care. We are incredibly excited to collaborate with her on advancing the innovative ways D-HH promotes a culture of safety for our patients and employees.”

Prior to joining Hackensack-Meridian, Dr. Barsky was the medical director for Clinical Performance and associate chief, Patient Safety and Quality, at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. She has also served as chair of Emergency Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital-Manhattan in New York, and as director of Clinical Operations and vice-chair of Emergency Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, also in New York.

Dr. Barsky is currently a professor of Emergency Medicine at Hackensack-Meridian School of Medicine. Before joining Hackensack-Meridian, her other academic appointments include assistant professor and clinical instructor in Emergency Medicine at Yale Medical School; assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical School; and assistant clinical professor of medicine at Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York.

“Prioritizing and developing safety, quality and value, with patients and employees in mind, is one of the most important responsibilities of any healthcare system,” said Dr. Barsky. “I am grateful for the opportunity to join Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health on its journey to continually develop and strengthen its strategic quality infrastructure.”

Dr. Barsky earned a Medical Degree from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester, MN, and completed her residency at Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, NY. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine. She earned a Master of Business Administration from Yale School of Management, and is a 1983 graduate of Antioch College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history. She is a member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Leadership Alliance and the International Society for Quality in Health Care, as well as a member of Global Health Data @ Work’s leadership board. Dr. Barsky was also named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s annual list of “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety” from 2016-18.

Dr. Barsky succeeds George T. Blike, MD, MHCDS, who will retire this spring after serving as chief quality and value officer since 2012, and who joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 1992. Dr. Blike will continue to work part-time on research and on quality and patient safety initiatives at D-HH.

“Many of our major quality and value innovations at Dartmouth-Hitchcock have come under George’s thoughtful leadership,” noted Dr. Merrens. “While we’re sorry to see him go, we wish him the very best in retirement. We are indeed indebted to him for his contributions in service to our patients and their families.”

Dr. Barsky is expected to start at D-HH in April 2021.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves a population of 1.9 million across northern New England. D-HH provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named again in 2020 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in 9 clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 51 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-HH system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.