Brent Barkett
Brent Barkett

Brent Barkett


Health Management Associates

Phoenix, AZ

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A purpose driven leader and recognized expert in healthcare value transformation, Brent Barkett has a unique combination of clinical application, business and financial acumen, and operational experience.

Before joining HMA, he led efforts to develop a new inpatient care model, scale-up clinically integrated network operations, and accountable care delivery through joint venture partnerships, relationships, and expanded contracts.

Brent has more than 20 years of experience in military service, clinical life sciences, health system consulting, pharmaceutical logistics, and accountable care and managed care value-based operations.

He previously served children’s healthcare needs including as director of clinical quality integration with Phoenix Children’s Care Network and as senior business manager of value transformation for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

In those roles he designed and implemented many quality improvement models and public health programs, some of which reduced unnecessary emergency room visits, increased vaccine equity, and improved the surveillance, diagnosis, and treatment capabilities for adolescent depression.

Brent has implemented Medicaid and managed care value-based care programs recognized at the state level for superior performance outcomes in terms of increased patient quality scores, reduced cost of care, and earning impactful shared savings.

Dedicated to education, after earning a master’s degree he taught as an adjunct professor and MBA program board member at Capital University. Brent currently serves as a teaching assistant for the Quality of Care for Practitioners course at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he also volunteers his time coaching and mentoring graduate students and transitioning veterans. He also served in several instructor billets while in the military.

Brent has a data-centric approach and applies his expertise using STATA, SPC Charts, BOXI/SAS, MiniTab, and XL Miner. He also has experience in life science and medical sales as well as pharmaceutical and ambulatory surgery supply chain management, having earned his Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt while leading complex quality and efficiency improvement projects at Cardinal Health.

He earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Capital University School of Management as well as a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Toledo College of Health and Human Services. He is also pursuing a Doctor of Public Health in health quality and safety from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.