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Nick Barto

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer​

As executive vice president and chief financial officer for BJC HealthCare, Nick Barto helps guide our vision to deliver extraordinary care to our communities as an integrated academic health care system. His role is to lead BJC’s strategic growth and position the system for long-term success by executing on all key efforts, including collaboration and alignment with Washington University School of Medicine.

Along with assessing, managing and executing on strategic growth opportunities, Barto oversees the organization’s current and long-term financial success. He has responsibility for BJC’s corporate and operational finance, data and analytics, managed care/value-based contracting, revenue cycle, supply chain, treasury and investments.

With almost $7 billion in net revenues and more than 30,000 employees in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and southeast Missouri regions, BJC is one of the largest health care organizations in the United States and one of the largest employers in Missouri.

Barto joined BJC in 2018 and played a critical role leading BJC through unprecedented financial challenges posed by COVID-19, ensuring that it remained among the top-performing systems in the nation. He also worked with clinical and operational leadership to establish BJC’s Business Intelligence and Data Solutions group and has led the partnership with Washington University of St. Louis to launch CuriMeta, a new data and research firm, for which he currently serves as a board member.

Prior to his arrival at BJC, Barto served as senior vice president, corporate finance and investments, and chief financial officer for enterprise business lines at Catholic Health Initiatives (the predecessor to CommonSpirit Health), where he was responsible for the organization’s treasury and investment functions, operational and corporate finance, capital planning and payer strategy, as well as Catholic Health Initiatives’ senior living division, clinical engineering, real estate and physical asset services/construction.

He also held senior financial roles at Novant Health; McColl Partners, a Charlotte-based investment bank that provides services to middle-market companies and private equity firms; Lehman Brothers in New York and London; and The Wilkerson Group in New York.

Barto earned a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University. Barto serves as a member of the Health Care Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and has served on the boards and advisory committees of ExceleraRx Corp., Consonance Capital Partners, Centura Health, US Acute Care Solutions and Alta Partners, LLC. Known and regarded as a respected and thoughtful leader, for his financial leadership, and for his insightful and broad expertise across the health care industry, Barto lives in St. Louis with his family.

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