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Barbara G. Bernhard, Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer

admin.jpgBarbara Bernhard is the senior executive responsible for human resources, financial operations, information technology, and facilities management at Midwest Eye Institute. She also plays a key role in guiding the day-to-day management activities of the 10 different medical practices that comprise Midwest Eye Institute.

Ms. Bernhard has spent more than 20 years in health care administration, working in many different settings, including several not-for-profit environments. She began her career in financial management for the long-term care industry before joining the executive team of a managed care company where she expanded her responsibilities to include human resource and information technology management. Prior to joining the Midwest Eye family, Ms. Bernhard spent more than five years as a Vice President of a multi-million dollar statewide organization with ultimate responsibility for all the non-clinical operations. She also worked as an independent consultant with clients in industries as diverse as real estate, communications equipment/service, government agencies – and of course, health care. She joined Midwest Eye Institute in 1999.

Throughout her career, Ms. Bernhard has been involved as a volunteer with a variety of health care-related organizations; serving long-term as a Director/Officer for two of these organizations. As an Board Member of the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana (NKFI), Ms. Bernhard was involved in activities and committees nationwide, as well as locally, for more than 10 years. In addition, she served as the local NKFI’s Corporate Treasurer for a number of years. Ms. Bernhard also served as an Officer for three years and on the Board of Directors for nine years, of Executive Women in Healthcare (EWHC). As a long-term member of the locally based EWHC organization, Ms. Bernhard was instrumental in both administrative and program development during its early years.

Ms. Bernhard has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Indiana University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Butler University. Her education and experience provide an excellent background for her position at Midwest Eye, where she believes the most important aspect of her role is assisting all the physicians and employees in any way that allows them to provide the best possible care to the more than 60,000 patients that are seen annually at Midwest Eye Institute’s clinic offices.