Barbara Fahey, Ph.D., MS, BSN, RN
PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT, ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE
Dr. Barbara Fahey has served in a variety of clinical, management, executive and consulting roles in healthcare. Throughout her career she has worked with multiple healthcare organizations to create meaningful and outcome- oriented change. She has successfully recruited board members, executives, senior management and academic medical leadership for a variety of healthcare organizations and has provided leadership and management consulting to drive long-term change based on strengthening values, culture, communication and strategy. Dr. Fahey has her doctorate in Values-Driven Leadership with a focus on organizational culture.
Dr. Fahey started her career as a staff nurse in medical/surgical nursing and then in the operating room. As Director of Surgical Services for a tertiary care, teaching hospital in the Midwest, she merged the surgical programs of two hospitals. In a unionized environment she successfully combined nursing staffs from two very different organizations without a grievance filed. She worked closely with surgeons and anesthesiologists from various groups to build collaborative relationships and prepare for the merger.
As the National Director for an HMO, Dr. Fahey developed and managed offices in five markets across the country and created the physician networks in each market.
As a consultant, Dr. Fahey has worked with healthcare institutions in the areas of strategic planning, facility planning, management and leadership consulting, operations improvement and interim management. Her work resulted in strengthening organizational cultures, organization structures, leadership, management, programs and services.
Outside of her client work, Dr. Fahey has served as Chair of the Board of a not-for-profit Catholic hospital in the Chicago area as well as served as Chair of the Board Quality and Finance Committees. As Chair, she restructured and reorganized the Board to strengthen its functioning. She successfully recruited national healthcare leaders to the Board to work with the Sisters to strengthen the strategic and financial status of the organization. The hospital was acquired several years ago, and Dr. Fahey now serves on the “Catholicity Committee” with senior leadership, diocesan leadership and the Sisters to ensure continuing adherence to the health care directives of the Catholic Church.