Catherine Baumgardner, PhD, MHA, FACHE
Catherine is President of Catherine Baumgardner & Associates, Inc., a consulting practice devoted to coaching organizational leaders in building cultures that engage employees. She also teaches Leadership at Penn State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the PA Medical Society. She actively mentors students at The Ohio State University and Penn State.
Dr. Baumgardner is an experienced health care executive with more than 20 years of day-to-day operational experience and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. In addition to hospital-wide inpatient and outpatient management, including roles such as Vice President-Quality, and oversite of hospital-wide quality and safety efforts, as well as support and clinical services, she has also worked with health insurance and physician practice management organizations. Catherine is passionate about customer experience, having trained with the Disney Institute and the Ritz Carlton, and has applied this experience to many healthcare settings. Her areas of research interest include organization development, workforce engagement, change leadership, and human resources issues related to talent management, recruitment and retention.
Catherine has a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from The Pennsylvania State University in Workforce Education and Development. She is also a graduate of The Ohio State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. In addition to being a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, she holds memberships in the American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administrators and the American Society of Training and Development. Catherine has been an active volunteer for The Ohio State University and was honored with the Gerlach Award…the university’s highest honor. She is also a member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association Board of Directors.