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New System Senior Vice President for Advanced Practice

Barbara Martin, Ph.D., has been named System Senior Vice President for Advanced Practice.

August 31, 2021—CommonSpirit Health, the largest nonprofit  health system in the U.S., serving communities in 21 states, announced that Barbara Martin, Ph.D., has been named System Senior Vice President for Advanced Practice. This position provides leadership, direction and resource stewardship of the health system’s Advanced Practice Care function.

As System Senior Vice President for Advanced Practice, Dr. Martin will be responsible for leading a team of 2,400 employed  Advanced Practice Providers spanning nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and certified nurse midwives across the enterprise. In alignment with the organization’s mission, vision and values, she will provide executive leadership and strategic direction for the Advanced Practice teams’ clinical and business operations throughout the 21 states CommonSpirit serves.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Martin to the team. Her clinical and leadership experience in health care delivery, policy and research strengthens our team and supports our Advanced Practice,” Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Kathy Sanford said. “This team is vital to the organization, and we are excited for her to optimally position our Advanced Practice Providers with new and innovative models of care.”

Dr. Martin previously served as the CommonSpirit Health System Director for Advanced Practice Ambulatory Care supporting ambulatory advanced practice providers with additional focus during the COVID-19 response of supporting Physician Enterprise virtual care delivery integration as well as serving as the clinical leader for the post-acute virtual care.

“At CommonSpirit Health, we know Advanced Practice Providers are essential to delivering quality patient care and in this role, I’m looking forward to building upon our commitment to the role of advanced practice as integral members of the team.” Dr. Martin said. “I am grateful for this opportunity to work hand in hand with our team to continue improving the lives of our patients in each of the communities we serve.”

Dr. Martin is a nurse practitioner with clinical and leadership experience in Cardiology. She received her master’s degree in Public Health in 2013 and PhD in 2020 with a focus on the role of advanced practice providers in systems change work to enhance and improve systems of care delivery. Prior to joining CommonSpirit Health in 2019,  Dr. Martin was appointed Director of the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) Office, leading state health reform efforts to integrate behavioral and physical health care supported by value-based payment.


CommonSpirit Health is a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the combination of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. With a team of approximately 125,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 139 hospitals and more than 1,000 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2020, CommonSpirit had combined revenues of nearly $29.6 billion and provided $4.6 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs.