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 Penn Medicine. In her role she has partnered with the Chief Medical Officer and other senior leaders across the health system to design and implement organizational strategies that actualize the Penn Blueprint for Quality that have resulted in reduced mortality and complications as well as improved patient safety and patient satisfaction. Pat works closely with quality leaders across Penn to develop and implement clinical integration strategies that focus on enhancing value across the continuum of care.

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 was 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 the focus is on health services research related to policy and management. 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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