Jack Barto Receives Recognition for Excellence

February 26, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC - Jack Barto, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, received the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award at the North Carolina Hospital Association Winter Meeting on February 21.

The Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award recognizes ACHE members who are experienced in the field and have made significant contributions to the advancement of healthcare management excellence and the achievement of ACHE’s goals.

Those considered for this award are evaluated by their peers on leadership ability, executive capability in developing their own organization and promoting its growth and stature in the community, leadership in local and state health association activities, and participation in community activities and projects.

"Our sincere congratulations go to Jack on this well-deserved recognition," said John Pace, M.D., Chairman of the NHRMC Board of Trustees.

"Jack’s focus on high-quality, patient-centered care has been a driving force behind the success of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. This award illustrates that quality is in everything we do at NHRMC."

Since arriving at NHRMC in 2004, Barto has made a positive impact on the organization with his emphasis on creating a culture of Service Excellence. Under his leadership, NHRMC has been ranked among the "Best Hospitals" by US News & World Report, recognized as one of the 100 strongest hospitals in the country by iVantage Health Analytics and received a number of quality and patient satisfaction awards.

Barto has also worked with leadership, physicians and staff to implement Lean methodologies, a system of identifying and eliminating inefficiencies while also enhancing quality through standardization, into the culture of NHRMC.

A native of Pittsburgh, Barto graduated from the University of Notre Dame 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. He has served as a board member for many local organizations including Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance, UNCW Cameron Executive Advisory Board and the North Carolina Hospital Association Board.


New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 6,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly.