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Heidi L. Gartland

Heidi L. Gartland

Heidi L. Gartland

Chief Government & Community Relations Officer


As Chief Government & Community Relations Officer, Heidi L. Gartland 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 serves on numerous national, state and local boards. A few of the boards she serves on include: Trauma Associations of America Charlotte NC (Chair elect); the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association - Columbus, Ohio; and the Center for Health Affairs - Cleveland, OH (immediate past Chair). In 2018 she was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Community Advisory Board and in 2019 she was appointed to Ohio’s Medicaid Medical Care Advisory Committee.

Ms. Gartland was recognized as a Health Care Hero by Crain’s Cleveland Business; was a finalist for Athena International’s Leadership Award and Inside Business magazine profiled her advocacy leadership.

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.

Prior to working at University Hospitals, Ms. Gartland worked at the Ohio Hospital Association (Columbus), the Illinois Hospital Association (Naperville, IL), Rush Medical Center (Chicago, IL); The Ohio State University (Columbus) and Akron Children’s Hospital (Akron).

Ms. Gartland lives in Hudson with her husband. They have two adult daughters.