Leslie Barden

St Peter's Health Partners

As Chief Strategy Officer, Barden is responsible for strategic planning, business development and leading population health strategies for SPHP. She develops new and joint ventures, programs, and market growth initiatives to support SPHP growth and positioning, while ensuring patient care needs are met.

Barden joins SPHP from Blaze Advisors, LLC, where she served as senior vice president. She has more than 30 years of experience in health care planning, marketing, business development, and operations, including leadership positions at Methodist Health System in Dallas and United Health Services in Binghamton. She also served as senior vice-president/executive officer of VHA Inc.’s Empire-Metro office, which coordinates and directs the health care network’s efforts to serve 47 hospitals across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

Barden holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. She earned a master’s degree in health administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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