I am an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. I am also a quality improvement consultant for UW Medicine, where I provide a bridge between financial and clinical domains to inform leadership of the financial impact of various quality-based programs pertaining to hospital-acquired events, including Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries.
As a clinician for over 26 years, my background in wound healing, critical care, finance, quality improvement, and health care policy has provided a bridge between the financial and clinical domains. By modeling financial impact of the various quality-based programs, I am able to inform health system leadership where to strategically target resources, including systematically tracking and addressing hospital-acquired events. For four years, I worked directly for the Chief Financial Officer of UW Medicine health system as the manager of the pay-for-performance programs overseeing system-wide coordination and support of efforts in the movement toward value-based healthcare.
I earned my doctorate (PhD) from the University of Washington’s School of Nursing, where my research focused on improving data collection on chronic lower extremity wounds to develop focused interventions and increase access to appropriate care. Since then, I have applied my knowledge to analyzing medical record data and understanding payer regulations regarding quality performance indicators, including hospital-acquired events. I then work with clinicians and leadership to develop quality improvement projects that will improve patient outcomes.