John T. Baker, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, is vice president of nursing and operations for Cleveland Clinic Akron General Lodi Hospital. In his role, Baker is responsible for clinical and operational management of nursing services, ancillary clinical areas and support services. Among his duties, he helps lead and develop Lodi Hospital’s strategic planning process and program prioritization, including goals and objectives, operating policies and cost-reduction initiatives. Previously, Baker served as nursing director for inpatient services and interim chief nursing officer at Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital. His leadership at South Pointe was significant in the hospital’s attainment of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) coveted Magnet® designation.
A registered nurse for more than 20 years, Baker began his nursing career at Hattie Larlham, caring for children with severe developmental disabilities. For nearly 10 years, he served the pediatric patient population at Akron Children’s Hospital and Cleveland Clinic Children’s. He also spent time as a quality director for Cleveland Clinic’s renowned Sydell & Arnold Miller Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. One of Baker’s most notable career successes includes operationalizing a pediatric vascular access team and co-creating a vascular access algorithm to reduce attempts for intravenous therapy. Baker holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Chamberlain College, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and a Master of Business Administration degree from Kent State University. Baker served in the United States Army for 6 years, receiving honorable discharge in 1993.