“Early in my career as a nurse, a member of my family suffered a hospital fall that led to their early and untimely death. This sad event sparked my lifelong passion to learn about what causes patient falls and how nurses can intervene to prevent this story from happening to others. As a bedside nurse, I started using Post-it notes to track who fell and why.  As my clinical and evaluation skills grew, I learned how to do the research needed to get some real answers.

Today, the journey continues. With more than two decades of research and experience, the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model® is the most rigorously studied and validated fall risk assessment available. The Hendrich team is now excited to enter the next era of injurious fall prevention with integration of the model into the electronic health record. The patient’s fall risk factors and scores can now continuously auto-populate as the medical record is updated. And each risk factor links to evidence-based interventions and care plans so that the care team can provide holistic, person-centered care, while saving valuable time.

Today, the commitment and passion continue with ongoing research and discovery. I invite you to join me on this journey!”



ANN HENDRICH PHD, RN, FAAN

Founding Co-Chair, Age-Friendly Health Systems
Leader of original awarded NICHE site

“Early in my career as a nurse, a member of my family suffered a hospital fall that led to their early and untimely death. This sad event sparked my lifelong passion to learn about what causes patient falls and how nurses can intervene to prevent this story from happening to others. As a bedside nurse, I started using Post-it notes to track who fell and why.  As my clinical and evaluation skills grew, I learned how to do the research needed to get some real answers.

Today, the journey continues. With more than two decades of research and experience, the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model® is the most rigorously studied and validated fall risk assessment available. The Hendrich team is now excited to enter the next era of injurious fall prevention with integration of the model into the electronic health record. The patient’s fall risk factors and scores can now continuously auto-populate as the medical record is updated. And each risk factor links to evidence-based interventions and care plans so that the care team can provide holistic, person-centered care, while saving valuable time.

Today, the commitment and passion continue with ongoing research and discovery. I invite you to join me on this journey!”



ANN HENDRICH PHD, RN, FAAN

Founding Co-Chair, Age-Friendly Health Systems
Leader of original awarded NICHE site

Ann Hendrich Bio

Ann Hendrich

Ann Hendrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a leading authority in nursing, large system operations, fall prevention, and patient safety.

Ann has more than 25 years of experience in large, complex healthcare systems as an expert in quality and safety. For 16 years, she served as the System Chief Nursing/Quality/Patient Safety Officer for Ascension, a leading nonprofit healthcare system. As a fierce nursing advocate, Hendrich elevated the role of nursing leaders within this organization. She also launched onboarding simulation centers to support and enhance learning for new nursing graduates, ongoing professional development capabilities, and retention.

As a patient safety leader, Ann has led initiatives and published research advancing the reduction of mortality and harm across all populations. This works includes reducing maternal and neonatal harm, system-wide sepsis protocols, antibiotic stewardship, person and family engagement, and organizational change. She contributed to federal policy to establish patient safety organizations (PSOs) and created and ran a component PSO for Ascension. As a Principal Investigator at Ascension, Ann received more than $60m in funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the National Cancer Institute, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to drive hundreds of innovation projects to improve quality and patient safety. Her groundbreaking, national, multisite fall prevention study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, known simply as the Time and Motion study, measured the relationship between the complex hospital environment and available caregiver time for direct patient care. Her expertise in how nurses spend their time informed the development of the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model and is a vital concern as she continues to enhance the model and its supporting programs.

Ann’s research in injurious fall prevention continues with the use of predictive analytics targeted at identifying “clusters” of the most common conditions that are associated with the risk factors in “big data” sets from large integrated systems, assisted living, home care, senior care with extensive case types. This work will advance knowledge of evidence-based interventions and how nursing and interprofessional practice can enhance direct care and professional practice models.

Ann’s passion for fall prevention and safe mobility extends to national leadership in advancing evidence-based care for older adults.  Ann was a Founding Co-Chair of Age-Friendly Health Systems, an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States. She continues to serve as faculty and adviser to this initiative. She also has a long history of involvement with Nurses Improving Care for Healthcare Elders (NICHE) and was one of the first three research sites in the country that started NICHE.

Ann has been named a top 50 national patient safety expert by Becker’s Hospital Review and one of the top 25 women leaders in healthcare by Modern Healthcare. She was selected as a Nursing Leader to Watch by the American Organization for Nursing Leadership. Ann has served on The Joint Commission Nursing Advisory Council and the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She was invited by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to join the US Delegation at the 71st United Nations General Assembly for an international meeting on antimicrobial resistance.

Ann is a frequent keynote and endnote speaker at federal meetings, national organizations, and state organizations. She currently serves on editorial boards and consults with boards on strategic deployment of quality and safety initiatives and organizational change models. She serves as a mentor for the American Hospital Association Next Generation Leaders Fellowship.

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