As many of you know, our long time teammate and friend, Barbara Bartosch passed away on May 31st, 2020. She was an incredible force who drove forward innumerable projects to better healthcare delivery across more than 65 health systems and mentored dozens (maybe hundreds!) of professionals who significantly advanced their careers due to her advice.
Barbara loved traveling to client sites for in person meetings getting to know the teams with whom she would collaborate for months and years working together to make healthcare better. She almost always grabbed an airport T-shirt on her way out and had drawers full of them to remind her of each place, client and person.
Barbara also believed greatly in everyone she managed and mentored over the years. She was one of the best interviewers and had a proven method for hiring high potential individuals. She could see the possibility, sometimes even when candidates could not. Her tough love and structured coaching helped endless early careerists find their voice and establish their careers while her endless experience with diverse teams and co-workers made her a trusted advisor to long-time executives as well.
Barbara loved meetings with agendas, a dirty martini with blue cheese olives, hosting Thanksgiving, a project plan built in excel, no bull shit conversations, betting on the ponies at Arlington, the 4th of July, slasher movies, ongoing home renovations, a detailed emergency response plan, sister trips to Vegas, Burger King tacos, McDonald’s dipped cones, an auto show gala, Elgin’s Craft Beer Fest, Jenny McCarthy, streaming CNN in her office, and her family, especially her nieces and nephews.