Cynthia Barginere

Results-driven, visionary executive with 20 years of experience in senior leadership positions in both academic and complex teaching facilities with a proven track record of success in achieving goals and meeting patient needs. An innovative leader who creates an environment that drives creativity and customized solutions to complex problems responding to the ever-changing healthcare environment.  A servant leader who values the contributions of staff at all levels of the organization and their ability to create an environment that puts the patient at the center.




Areas of Expertise:

  • Strategy and Innovation
  • Performance Improvement/Lean Principles
  • Operations Excellence/Efficiency
  • Team Development/Talent Management
  • Fiscal Accountability
  • Case Management & Clinical Documentation Integrity
  • Quality & Safety/High Reliability
  • Operations Management & Patient Flow
  • Program Development
  • Construction & Facilities Management
  • Technology Selection and Implementation
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Pediatric Operations

Highlighted Career Accomplishments:

  • #1 Vizient 2019 Hospitals for Clinical, Quality & Operations and within the top 10 for past 4 years
  • Top Decile performance in Patient Experience and CMS 5 Star Rating
  • Demonstrated multi-million-dollar cost reductions through enhanced CRM initiatives and other operational improvements/efficiencies
  • Designed and implemented Case Management Programs resulting in reduction in LOS and improved patient flow and operational efficiencies
  • Demonstrated $15M improvement in CDI over 4-year period (through FY19)
  • Top Decile Performance in Clinical Outcomes (NDNQI)
    • Falls and Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers
  • Achieved 4th Magnet Designation at Rush and 2nd Magnet Designation at UAB
  • System-wide Information Technology Implementation
    • Cerner (EMR)
    • Care Logistics (Patient Flow)
    • EPIC (EMR, Patient Flow)
      • Phillips (Physiologic Monitoring)
  • Implementation of Palliative Consult Services (inpatient and outpatient) and Palliative Care Patient Care Unit
  • Co-Led the design, planning an occupation of major multi-million-dollar patient care tower facility replacement and multiple major facility upgrades/innovation projects
    • Critical Care Replacement Tower
    • Women & Infant Replacement Tower
    • ED Expansion and Renovation Project
    • Hospital-wide Patient Care Room Renovation Project
  • Served as the administrative leader of the Rush Children’s Hospital (10% of RUMC total operating revenue) for 6 years demonstrating continued operational and financial improvements and led the integration planning for partnership with the local Children’s Hospital.


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Samford University, Birmingham, AL
  • Masters of Science in Nursing Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Board Memberships:

  • YWCA Board of Directors
  • INROADS Great Lakes Regional Board of Directors
  • Metropolitan Breast Cancer Task Force
  • Institute for Innovation Founding Executive Council
  • March of Dimes Board of Directors Chicago Market
  • The Chicago Network
  • The Economic Club