Carrie Baker has been working in and around healthcare in Columbus and across Ohio since 2001. She has focused on advocacy and quality improvement with providers and payers in non-profit and membership organizations. Carrie has worked closely with the Ohio General Assembly and various Ohio Administrations, as well as officials in the federal government, on issues such as payment reform, hospital reimbursement, chronic disease management and child health priorities. Former employers include the Ohio Nurses Association, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and as the President of her own consulting group.
Carrie currently serves as President and CEO of the Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus. The Healthcare Collaborative of Greater Columbus (HCGC) is an independent, non-profit organization committed to transforming healthcare to ensure that all people in the Columbus region have the best healthcare experience possible, with special focus on increasing health equity and engaging multiple stakeholders- all provider types, payers, purchasers, and consumers-in improvement and coordination activities. HCGC is an affiliate organization of the Columbus Medical Association and an active member of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a national organization representing more than 30 Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) like HCGC all across the country. Under Carrie’s leadership, HCGC hosts a multitude of regional meetings and learning groups, collects and reports quality improvement measure data, offers consultation and alignment regarding various systems of care improvements in Central Ohio, facilitates patient family advisory councils in Columbus and coaches physician practices toward value based care. Most recently, HCGC transitioned the Community Pathways HUB model from United Way of Central Ohio to HCGC leadership, has been contracted by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to disseminate and utilize PCORI research in Central Ohio and is implementing MOC Part 4 Portfolio Sponsorship Program for physician quality improvement in partnership with CMA-the first MOC program of this collaborative nature in the country.