In the latest example of national recognition for Ascension's transformational efforts to improve patient safety, the chief nurse executive for Ascension has been named one of "50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety 2016" by Becker's Hospital Review, a publisher of healthcare business and legal news.
Ann Hendrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality/Safety and Nursing Officer, Ascension Health, "guides the implementation of clinical excellence initiatives for one of the largest nursing operations in the country," Becker's says. Ann is also the Ascension principal investigator for an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality grant focused on improving patient safety in obstetrical care.
Other luminaries in the field on the list include Mark Chassin, MD, President and CEO of the Joint Commission; Patrick Conway, MD, Deputy Administrator for Innovation & Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Chief Medical Officer; and Tom Frieden, MD, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Earlier this year Ann was included in a New York Times opinion piece that discusses Ascension's work to reduce bloodstream infections associated with central line catheterizations. Writing earlier in Health Progress, a publication of the Catholic Health Association, Ann talks about the vital role of nurses in fostering collaboration and championing innovations in care, including efforts to improve patient safety and clinical quality.
Last year, under Ann's leadership, Ascension was selected as one of 17 national, regional or state hospital associations and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions through the Partnership for Patients initiative.