Julie Cerese Returns to University HealthSystem Consortium as Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 General News J E 4
OAK BROOK, Ill., Dec. 3 Today, the University HealthSystemConsortium (UHC) announced that Julie Cerese, RN, MSN, has been appointed VicePresident, Quality and Patient Safety. Cerese returned to UHC after spendinga year and a half as director of quality and infection control at NorthwesternMemorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill. Previously, she was the senior director ofUHC's Clinical Process Improvement area.

"Julie's experience at Northwestern has refreshed her already substantialknowledge of day-to-day quality improvement in the teaching hospital setting.That experience will help UHC design programs that support quality improvementand demonstrate members' leadership in quality," said Mark Keroack, MD, MPH,Vice President and Director of UHC's Clinical Practice Advancement Center.

As a UHC senior director, Cerese pioneered the Commit to ACTion model, ahighly structured rapid-cycle collaborative that helps academic medicalcenters significantly improve clinical processes.

Cerese received a bachelor of science in nursing and master of science innursing from the Loyola University Chicago Niehoff School of Nursing, whereshe is pursuing a doctoral degree. She has also authored many journal articleson quality, performance improvement, and other clinical topics.

About UHC:

Formed in 1984, UHC is an alliance of 103 academic medical centers and 191of their affiliated hospitals, representing approximately 90% of the nation'snonprofit academic medical centers. UHC provides specific programs andservices to help members improve clinical, operational, financial, and supplychain performance. Offering members the UHC Patient Safety Net(R)event-reporting tool, UHC is among the first 10 organizations designated asPatient Safety Organizations by the Agency for Healthcare Research andQuality. Visit "About UHC" at for more information.In her new role, Cerese will direct: -- UHC's Quality and Safety Fall Forum, an annual meeting for executive leaders, and quality professionals from academic medical centers -- UHC's Quality and Accountability study, which determines which organizations receive the UHC Quality Leadership Award -- Clinical benchmarking and improvement projects -- Hospital accreditation preparedness and compliance -- UHC's Patient Safety Net(R), an online tool for patient safety event reporting now listed as a Patient Safety Organization by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

SOURCE University HealthSystem Consortium


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