President and CEO
Since his arrival at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Jack Barto has led a remarkable change in how health care services are delivered in this community. Today, under his leadership, the emphasis is on a culture of Service Excellence, which means the primary focus is on patient satisfaction, retaining and rewarding valuable staff and operating the medical center in an efficient and fiscally responsible manner.
Jack partnered with the Board of Trustees to develop a strategic plan for the region’s next generation of health care. The plan included the construction of the new Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital, a new Surgical Pavilion, and the renovation of the patient tower to create private patient rooms with an emphasis on family-centered care. This project is enhancing New Hanover Regional’s role as the region’s specialty health care provider and as corporate neighbor that generates more than $1 billion annually to the New Hanover County economy.
Jack has more than 25 years of health care administration experience. Before beginning at New Hanover Regional, he served as president and CEO at Provena Mercy Center in Aurora, Ill., part of a seven-hospital system.
He is a Pittsburgh native and remains loyal to its professional sports teams. He graduated from Notre Dame University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Communication, and received his Master’s in Health Administration from George Washington University in 1979.