INDIANAPOLIS --Modern Healthcare magazine has announced Judge Sarah Evans Barker as its 2011 Trustee of the Year for Not-for-Profit Healthcare Systems.
Judge Barker is currently serving her 23rd year as a hospital director -- first with Methodist Hospital of Indiana board of directors from 1988 to 1996 and currently with Indiana University Health board of directors, formerly Clarian Health, from 1997 to present. Most notably, Judge Barker has been serving the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana since appointed by President Reagan in 1984.
As a member of the Methodist Hospital board, Judge Barker served on the Bishop’s Task Force of the United Methodist Church, which evaluated and negotiated the integration of the Methodist Hospital system with the Indiana University Hospital system (University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children). This action formed Indiana’s largest hospital system, IU Health.
Judge Barker has chaired IU Health's Board Committee on Values, Ethics, Social Responsibility and Pastoral Services since its inception in 1997. As chair, she has demanded accountability, excellence and deep commitment to core values and ethical principles from all senior leaders of the organization. The Values Committee routinely reviews issues of corporate culture as expressed by organizational ethics issues, human resources policies and plans, clinical ethics concerns, community outreach proposals and annual community benefit reports. The role of this committee has been referred to as ensuring that "the soul of the organization is nourished and motivated."
"Her dedication and efforts on behalf of IU Health have set the standard for other large healthcare systems seeking to develop and sustain values- and mission-based organizational practices," said Daniel F. Evans, Jr., president and chief executive officer, IU Health.
Outside of her work on the IU Health board, Judge Barker has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees from 10 colleges and universities and dozens of awards for excellence and public service from community and legal organizations in Indiana and across the nation. She was also asked by late Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist to serve on the Special Study Committee on Judicial Conduct and Disability, commonly referred to as the Supreme Court Ethics Committee. In 2009, she finished a two-year term as president of the Federal Judges Association.
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