Board Members

OCHA Board

Heidi Gartland

Vice President, Government Affairs & Community Relations

Heidi Gartland is a health care executive, community leader and lobbyist at University Hospitals of Cleveland, a $3.5 billion health care system with 18 hospitals and more than 25,000 physicians and employees.

She leads UH’s external relations and strategy, including community relations, community benefit, corporate reinvestment, strategic economic-development projects, government and regulatory affairs, and diversity and inclusion commitments. She advocates for University Hospitals at the federal, state and local level, and is an experienced leader in health care public policy.

Ms. Gartland is also a dedicated civic leader. She is co-Chair of the 2016 United Way of Greater Cleveland campaign. She serves on the boards of the Trauma Centers Association of America (Washington D.C.), Ohio Children’s Hospital Association (Columbus), Urban League of Greater Cleveland (Cleveland), Evergreen Cooperatives (Cleveland), Business Volunteers Unlimited (Cleveland), Positive Education Program (Cleveland), In Counsel with Women (Cleveland), and Voices for Ohio’s Children (Columbus).  Ms. Gartland is currently the Chair of the Center for Health Affairs (Cleveland) and is Co-Chair of the Infant Mortality Community Health Action Team which is part of the Greater University Circle Initiative.  Ms. Gartland is also a member of the Enterprise Community Partners’ Policy & Advocacy Advisory Group, the Northeast Ohio Area wide Coordinating Agency’s Advisory Committee and the Cleveland Foundation’s Economic Inclusion Management Committee.

Previously, she chaired the boards of the Institute for Health Innovation (a $7M foundation in Columbus); NewBridge Cleveland; and the Foundation for Healthy Communities.

Honors include election as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (Chicago, IL) and as a member of the American Leadership Council for Diversity in Healthcare (Chicago, IL) and In Counsel with Women (Cleveland, OH). In 2014, Ms. Gartland was recognized as a Health Care Hero by Crain’s Cleveland Business and was a finalist in 2013 for Athena International’s Leadership Award. Inside Business magazine profiled her advocacy leadership in 2013.

Ms. Gartland completed her undergraduate degree at the College of Wooster (Ohio). She earned a Masters of Health Administration at The Ohio State University and a Certificate in Diversity Management from Georgetown University. Ms. Gartland is also an adjunct faculty member teaching Health Policy and Law in the MBA program of Baldwin Wallace University (Berea, OH) and teaching the Certificate in Diversity Management for the American Hospital Association (Chicago, IL).  She is a regular speaker nationally and in Ohio on emerging health policy issues.