Peg M. Bradke, RN, MA, Director of Heart Care Services, St. Luke's Hospital, coordinates services for two intensive care units, two step-down telemetry units, the Cardiac Catheter Lab, Electrophysiology Lab, Diagnostic Cardiology, Interventional/Vascular Lab, Respiratory Care, and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. She facilitates the hospital's Patient and Family Advisory Council and chairs the Transition to Home Cross-Continuum Team. In her 25-year career, she has had various administrative roles in critical care areas. Ms. Bradke works with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on the Transforming Care at the Bedside initiative and Transitions Home work. She is President-Elect of the Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders.
Betsy Lee, RN, MSPH, Director, Indiana Patient Safety Center, leads patient safety and quality improvement activities for the Indiana Hospital Association. She has a broad base of experience in leading quality and patient safety activities in both hospital and ambulatory settings. Previously, she was a director for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Achieving Workforce Excellence Breakthrough Series Collaborative and the Transforming Care at the Bedside initiative. Ms. Lee remains an IHI faculty member and serves as adjunct faculty for Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis, where she teaches a graduate level interprofessional course in patient safety.
Gail A. Nielsen, BSHCA, FAHRA, RTR, Director of Learning and Innovation, Iowa Health System, is responsible for leveraging system-wide knowledge capital and building capacity for transformational change that will take Iowa Health to a new level of performance in quality and safety. She is a George W. Merck Fellow and Patient Safety Scholar. Ms. Nielsen is a faculty member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement for Transforming Care at the Bedside and Reducing Readmissions by Improving Transitions in Care.
Patricia A. Rutherford, RN, MS, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is responsible for leading innovation work in IHI's clinical office practice redesign, improving access and flow in specialty practices, optimizing care coordination and transitions in care, and the Transforming Care at the Bedside initiative. She is also the co-investigator for the STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) initiative. Her skills include knowledge of process improvement, innovation, and idealized design; coaching clinicians, staff, and senior leaders on process improvement; and managing all aspects of large-scale performance improvement initiatives.
Jane A. Taylor, EdD, Improvement Advisor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), advises several IHI initiatives, including Transforming Care at the Bedside, Transitions Home, Reducing Harm from Falls, and Improving Perinatal Care. A long-time Improvement Advisor for IHI Collaboratives and programs, she is currently faculty for IHI's Improvement Advisor Development Program. Dr. Taylor also provides Improvement Advisor consulting on chronic disease management, improving rehabilitation care, home health medication management, and the North American Sepsis Campaign, among others. Over the past 20 years, she served in hospital operations as a hospital CEO and as a quality improvement professional. Dr. Taylor has published articles on rapid cycle change, the role of middle management in transformation, the art of using questions, and transitions home.
Mary A. Viney, MSN, Vice President of Network Services, Seton Family of Hospitals, has initiated many creative and innovative programs to enhance experiences for both patients and staff. Prior to her current role, she held a variety of leadership positions within the Seton Healthcare Network. Previously Ms. Viney served in various clinical education and leadership roles at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she was an oncology nurse for 17 years. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program for health care administration.