Barbara Walczyk-Joers

President and Chief Executive Officer

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, USA

Ms Walczyk-Joershas served as President and CEO at Gillette Childrens SpecialtyHealthcare in Minnesota, USA since 2013. As the USAs first hospital dedicated to serving children who havedisabilities, Gillette Childrens provides subspecialized care to children who havecomplex, rare or traumatic conditions affecting the performance of an individuals musculoskeletal and neurological systems.

With morethan25 years ofhealthcare experience, Ms Walczyk-Joers has a focus on strategic performance and change management as well as health policy and advocacy. She has served in executive roles in a variety of pediatric and adult healthcare settings, including academic healthcare centres, community health systems, and independent children’s hospitals. Earlier in her career she also served at a professional services firm. 

A recognized thought leader in healthcare,Ms Walczyk-Joers serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Alley Association and the Quality and Safety Committee of the Board of the Children’s Hospital Association. Ms Walczyk-Joers is an active participant in other organizations including the American Hospital Association and the Minnesota Rare Disease Advisory Council.

Ms Walczyk-Joers studied acute care hospital management at Marymount University and holds a Master’s in Health Services Management and Policy from George Washington University.