About

In the world of physician engagement, it’s always better to do it right the first time. That’s our approach and philosophy at Barlow/McCarthy.

  • Our team of recognized experts understands physicians, because we’ve all actively worked in healthcare provider organizations before.
  • We’ve partnered with with close to 400 healthcare systems, hospitals, groups and non-provider entities over the past 20 years.
  • Count on us to understand the nuances of academic and for-profit medicine and to appreciate the personal nature of community care.
  • Our approach is to listen, observe, assess and then get to work and get it done.

You’ll understand why we are acknowledged experts at creating and implementing relationship strategies with healthcare organizations and their physicians that deliver powerful, measurable results.

Who is Barlow/McCarthy?

Our Expertise

We are a team with deep, strong experience. We bring more than a concept or an idea. Our team uses our deep knowledge of the healthcare industry to create solutions that work. We then stand beside you to ensure that the plan is carried out and the final product is to your liking.

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Value, to us, has many meanings: First, we work together to bring value to our clients, meaning we’re determined to deliver powerful results as efficiently as possible. We also bring value to hospital-physician relationships by creating a shared vision that inspires the team. Achieving that kind of value and more, means we must work and live by our own shared values. Collectively, we care about getting it right and we measure our success by one yardstick, your success

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Developing solutions that address the delicate nuances of the hospital-physician relationship demands special skills and insights. Often an objective outsider can evoke a stronger performance from all parties involved. However, for us, it’s about more than making everyone happy; it’s about making your goals real. Yes, we achieve the immediate results you need today, but ten years from now, you’ll also see that we made a lasting and meaningful impact on your business.

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Meet Our Team

Kriss Barlow, RN, MBA

Principal

Kriss brings an energy and expertise to the process that inspires stronger relationships, smarter strategies and more meaningful results.

Allison McCarthy, MBA

Principal​

Allison’s passion is working with hospitals and physician groups to ensure their physician strategy programs demonstrate real value and results.

Susan Boydell​

Partner​

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Jeff Cowart, MAH​

Senior Consultant​

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Betsy Finkelmeier, RN, MBA​

Senior Consultant​

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Michael Harristhal, MBA​

Senior Consultant​

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David F. Zirkle, PhD​

Senior Consultant​

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Michael Barber, MD​

Affiliated Consultant​

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Ruth Portacci, MA​

Affiliated Consultant​

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And let’s do it on your timeline and within your budget.