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Cynthia Barginere, DNP, RN, FACHE

Acting Chief Transformation Officer, Rush University System for Health

Cynthia Barginere, DNP, RN, FACHE, became acting chief transformation officer for the the Rush University System for Health on July 1, 2019. In this role, she is responsible for extending the System's reach and operationalizing its clinical service lines and centers across the Chicago region.

Prior to her current role, Barginere had been senior vice president and chief operating officer of Rush University Hospital since June 2015. In those roles, Barginere promoted the ongoing development of high-quality, cost-effective, and integrated clinical programs at Rush University Hospital, while managing its profit and loss statements. She also fostered a collaborative partnership among the academic, medical and corporate arms of Rush to meet the needs of its patients, physicians and staff.

Rush University Hospital is a 664-bed academic inpatient facility that includes the Tower, the Atrium Building, Rush University Children’s Hospital and the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center for inpatient geriatric and rehabilitative medicine.

Barginere joined Rush in 2011 as chief nursing officer and associate dean for nursing practice. In that capacity, she oversaw nursing leadership, development, and practice across Rush University Medical Center, assuming responsibility for approximately 2,000 nurses and an operating budget of $165 million. Barginere also supervised Rush’s women’s and children’s services, and she played a crucial role in moving clinical services into Rush’s new hospital, the Tower, in 2012. The enduring impact of her leadership can be seen in Rush’s fourth designation as a Magnet Hospital, the highest honor in nursing, which the Medical Center received in January of 2016.

From 2006 to 2011, Barginere served in a variety of positions at Baptist Medical Center South (BMCS) in Montgomery, Alabama, including five years as its chief operating officer and chief nursing officer. As a key member of BMCS’s senior team, she helped develop and implement a strategic plan that led to technology upgrades, facility renovations, and significant improvements in net operating revenues. Prior to joining BMCS, Barginere spent 12 years at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, culminating in a four-year tenure as associate executive director and chief nursing officer.

Barginere received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama–Tuscaloosa in 1983, a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Alabama–Birmingham in 1995, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Samford University in Birmingham in 2012. Honored as a Chicago United Business Leader of Color for 2015, she has completed multiple national leadership fellowships and served as a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Commission and the Committee Evaluating the Future of Nursing Report at the Institute of Medicine (known today as the National Academy of Medicine). She currently serves as a member of The Chicago Network and The Economics Club of Chicago. 

Rush is an academic health system whose mission is to improve the health of the patients and the diverse communities it serves through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships. Rush University System for Health comprises Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Copley Medical Center (located in Aurora, Illinois), and Rush Oak Park Hospital (Oak Park, Illinois), as well as numerous outpatient care facilities. In FY2016, the three hospitals had a combined annual total of nearly 50,000 patient admissions, 185,000 emergency department visits and nearly one million outpatient visits. The system's annual operating revenue was greater than $2 billion.