Patricia Garcia Sullivan, PhD

Chief Quality Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Pat Sullivan is Chief Quality Officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Pat is responsible for Clinical Effectiveness & Quality Improvement across the health system. In her role she has partnered with the Chief Medical Officer and other senior leaders across the health system to design and implement strategies that actualize the Blueprint for Quality, resulting in significant reductions in preventable mortality, readmissions and complications as well as major improvements in patient satisfaction. Pat works closely with clinical and quality leaders across the system to develop and implement integration strategies that focus on enhancing value across the continuum of care by reducing un-necessary variation and disseminating best practices.   

In her previous role as Associate Vice President, she focused on clinical risk reduction and patient care process improvement where she helped the organization make significant reductions in malpractice expense as well as improve patient flow and create virtual bed capacity.

Pat has over 30 years of healthcare experience ranging from the bedside to the C-Suite. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hunter College, a Master's in Public Health from Columbia University and a PhD in Health Policy and Management from New York University. Her area of research focus is in the use of organization theory and change management in health system restructuring.

Pat is a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania where her specific interest is in program evaluation and implementation science. She is currently an active volunteer with the American Heart Association, having just stepped down as Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliate. Pat also serves on the boards of the Health Care Improvement Foundation as well as the Peddie School.


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