James Barry Johnson

James Barry Johnson, B.S., M.S., Diplomate F.A.A.M.A., age 69, passed away July 16, 2011. He was born Aug. 11, 1941, in Winter Haven, Fla., to James Garwood Johnson and Elizabeth Ashley.


Johnson attended grade and high school there, then joined the Army National Guard after graduating. Mr. Johnson held a Bachelor of Systems Engineering and a Master of Systems Engineering (Healthcare) from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Fla., and had advanced study in multi-site health-care systems, from the University of California, Berkley. He also held numerous honors, offices and memberships in national professional organizations.


A medical industry leader, Barry had more than 36 years of success in all facets of health-care administration. For 14 years, he was the president and CEO of Baptist Hospitals and Health Systems, responsible for 4,000 employees and 2,000 physicians working in 21 different companies. The total system consisted of 40 hospitals, extended-care facilities and freestanding outreach clinics. These facilities were located in several different states.


Barry was the originator, founder and president of several eating-disorder centers, ambulatory facilities, home health companies and a medical staffing company. He was also the founder of a current national medical discount benefit company with contracts of 450,000 providers and operations director of several PPOs, and he co-founded the national health-care magazine, Vim and Vigor.


Barry had extensive experience in development of outpatient centers, including developing and operating a successful consulting company for Eating Disorders-Residential Treatment Center (RTC-ED), and opened five RTC-EDs in four states.


One successful company is in Arizona, which has four treatment centers, with more than 141 beds. He had more than 36 years’ experience in managing home health agencies, nursing homes, hospitals and surgery centers. He was active in the American Academy of Medical Administration (AAMA) and a past chairman of the board of the AAMA as well as a Distinguished Fellow and Diplomate in health-care administration. He was the recipient of the AAMA Outstanding Service Award and a lifetime member of the AAMA Research and Educational Foundation. He was also a member in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

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