About MEDI: Our Team of Professional and Experienced Executive Coaches

Kathy Gibala

St Louis, MO

Kathy Gibala is an executive leadership coach with 25 years of healthcare industry experience encompassing senior leadership, consultant and operations management roles with premier academic medical centers, non-profit health systems and hospitals. Inside organizations, she designed, facilitated and oversaw a broad range of innovative services, strategies and initiatives that promoted patient, physician and employee satisfaction, enhanced quality and service, developed highly capable leaders and improved overall organization performance. As a coach for the past 12 years, Kathy has served as a trusted advisor and change catalyst, partnering with healthcare leaders to raise the bar on their leadership, build high performance teams, and accelerate transformative change. She has special expertise in physician and administrative leadership development, hospital-physician alignment, onboarding/transition coaching, culture change and succession planning.

Experience At A Glance:

  • 25 years of health care industry experience encompassing healthcare systems, academic medical centers, non-profit community hospitals, faith-based organizations, pediatric facilities, post-acute and ambulatory care centers

  • 12 years as a leadership coach, successfully partnering with leaders and teams in healthcare organizations, associations and Fortune 500 companies

  • Special expertise in physician leadership development, hospital-physician alignment (e.g. clinically integrated network, ACO team development), physician enterprise governance, culture change facilitation, strategic alignment, succession planning and organization effectiveness.

  • Received Barnes-Jewish Hospital President's Award and national recognition for work in the area of culture transformation

  • Lead Navvis Healthways' Innovator's Studio team, a living laboratory engaging health industry leaders in leading edge research and innovation to bring revolutionary ideas to market

  • National and regional conference presenter on topics related to strategic leadership/team development in the new era of healthcare

  • Served as Adjunct business faculty member at a Midwest college

  • Former investigator, US Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board


  • Kathy attended the University of Missouri – Columbia and holds degrees in Economics, Labor Studies and Political Science

  • Coaching and assessment certifications

Publications and Presentations:

  • International Coaching Association

  • A Systematic Approach to Physician Leadership Expansion

What Surprises Kathy: That people often under estimate the importance of self-awareness. It is a key attribute of leadership and organization effectiveness.

What Inspires Kathy: The potential of what can be accomplished by an excellent leader and an inspired, engaged and aligned team.

How Kathy stays current on industry trends: By working with healthcare executives from across the country, talking with colleagues, reading industry journals and attending conferences.

How Kathy stays current in the field of leadership: Reading, participating in national leadership networks, attending educational sessions on leadership and related subjects.

E-Mail: kgibala@medi-leadership.org
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