PHD, RN, FAAN
Researcher & Content Expert
Ann has more than 25 years of experience in large, complex healthcare systems as an expert in quality and safety. She is also a respected researcher in a variety of national patient safety topics that include antibiotic stewardship, patient safety, perinatal safety, nursing practice, and the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model® study.
Her national multi-site study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is known simply as the Time and Motion study, measured the relationship between the complex hospital milieu and available caregiver time for direct patient care. She was the System Principal Investigator for The Department of Health & Human Services’ grant (HHS’s) 2010 – 2016 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Healing Without Harm: A 3-Year Multi-Site Demonstration Project for Perinatal Safety and Medical Liability that resulted in obstetrical practice changes and multiple publications.
For 16 years, she was the System Chief Nursing/Quality/Patient Safety Officer for Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the U.S. She is widely published in professional journals and texts and serves as a grant reviewer for major agencies. She served three years on the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) and the Nursing Advisory Council for The Joint Commission. She led a five-year program at Ascension Health, with more than $50m in federal funding, to sponsor hundreds of rapid innovations and pilots over a four-year period to support the Partnership for Patients contract with Center’s for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in 24 states.
She now continues her passion for the care of the older adult and injurious fall reduction. She was the founding co-chair of Building Age-Friendly Health Systems, an initiative of the John A. Hartford Foundation and Institute for Healthcare Improvement in partnership with American Hospital Association and Catholic Healthcare Association of the United States, and now serves as an Advisor to Age-Friendly and as a mentor to the American Hospital Association NextGen Fellowship program.
Ann has been received multiple awards and recognitions including Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare; The American Organization of Nurse Executives publication Nurse Leader highlighted her as a Nurse Leader to Watch; and she was selected as one of the Most Influential Business Women in St. Louis, Missouri.