Jacqueline (Jackie) Carberry Baratian will join our national health ministry as Chief Compliance Officer, Ascension, reporting to Christine Kocot McCoy, JD, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, effective July 29.

Jackie will lead the Compliance Center of Excellence with the Ascension Legal Ministry-wide Function, which serves as an integrated, responsive and collaborative business partner across the organization. She will lead efforts to model, educate and promote a culture that empowers associates to recognize and report compliance concerns and set accountabilities and responsibilities of Compliance leaders and associates.

Jackie has a thorough understanding of compliance and governmental requirements within the rapidly evolving healthcare environment. Currently a Partner at Alston & Bird, LLP, in Washington, D.C., she serves as outside counsel to healthcare industry clients on compliance plan development, implementation and audits, and performs compliance program assessments for hospitals, health systems and post-acute care providers.

Before joining the firm in 2016, Jackie served as Vice President & Chief Medicaid Compliance Officer with Aetna in Bethesda, Maryland, where she oversaw Aetna’s Medicaid Compliance Program nationwide to ensure compliance with state contract requirements. Her previous experience includes leadership roles with Maxim Healthcare Services in Columbia, Maryland, and the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department and Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

Jackie earned a Juris Doctor from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.