Alex Barker

Employee Workforce Practice Leader

Alex Barker is a Principal at SullivanCotter and a member of the Employee Workforce Practice. With more than 20 years in strategic management at some of the nation’s largest hospitals and health systems, Alex brings real-life and innovative workforce advice to employers navigating the rapidly changing health care environment.

Alex’s experience includes:

  • Managing total reward programs for employees at all levels and in all functions of health care organizations to align compensation and benefit programs with strategic goals and market comparisons as the industry shifts its focus from volume to value.
  • Modifying and designing staffing models, compensation structures and career progression strategies that reflect the future realities of operational needs, spans of control and individual skill levels, while balancing patient care requirements and labor costs.
  • Designing strategies for physician and advanced practice provider (APP) recruiting, contracting, compensation, onboarding, performance measurement and retention in health systems and provider groups where payment models are evolving and organizations are assuming more risk.
  • Creating new system-level, post-merger compensation and benefits for large and operationally complex organizations and implementing them with sensitivities to employee, operational and patient care needs.
  • Assisting organizations with the management of a variety of workforce issues, including governance, operational due diligence, resource planning and recruitment, as well as onboarding and retention strategies.

Alex is admitted to practice law in the North Carolina and Connecticut Bars. He is also a fellow and active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Prior to joining SullivanCotter, Alex was a senior partner at a global advisory firm. He also served as the vice president of compensation, benefits and physician services at Lahey Health in Burlington, Massachusetts. Alex’s other executive roles within health care include vice president of operations at Duke University Medical Center faculty practices and vice president of operations and general counsel at Carolinas Medical Center – Northeast, both in North Carolina. While serving in the U.S. Navy, Alex was a JAG attorney representing Naval Hospital Bremerton in Washington state.

Alex earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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