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 and published 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.
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 as well as led a five-year program to support the Partnership for Patients contract with Center’s for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in 24 states. She continues her passion for the care of the older adult and injurious fall reduction while currently serving as faculty and co-chair of the Advisory Group for the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Building Age-Friendly Health Systems.
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.