Leslie Schultz, PhD is a national recognized expert in documenting and sharing reliable evidence-based best practices among hospitals. Dr. Schultz was formerly the Senior Director for Premier’s national QUEST: High-Performing Hospitals Collaborative using data to drive improvements in harm, mortality, evidenced based care, patient experience, and cost of care. Schultz also led the development and knowledge transfer for Premier’s Performance Improvement Portal, an electronic community to support all Premier’s collaborative groups. She also served as the Training and Education Lead for Premier’s Hospital Engagement Network, one of the networks for the new national CMS initiative, Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs. Schultz also served as the director of the Patient Safety Center for Ascension Health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Alfred University, a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Ph.D. in Hospital and Health Administration from The University of Iowa College of Medicine.She is board certified in healthcare quality (CPHQ) and as a Nurse-Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC) and served on the NQF Steering Committee for the Framework for Public Reporting of Patient Safety Events Information project (2010) and currently serves on the NQF’s Patient Safety Measures Standing Committee (2014-2016).
Gina Pugliese has more than 40 years of healthcare safety experience, eight of those as director of safety at the American Hospital Association (AHA). She is the author of more than 150 publications and is a frequent national and international speaker on healthcare safety-related topics. She holds faculty appointments at Rush University College of Nursing and the University of Illinois School of Public Health in Chicago and is senior associate editor of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. (Full resume
; Retirement announcement
Dr. Richard Bankowitz, MD, MBA, FACP, served as Premier’s enterprise-wide chief medical officer and also as vice president and medical director for Premier Healthcare Informatics.
A board-certified internist and a medical informaticist, Dr. Bankowitz has devoted his career to improving healthcare quality at the national level by promoting rigorous, data-driven approaches to quality improvement and by engaging senior clinicians and healthcare leaders. Dr. Bankowitz was named by Modern Healthcare as one of the top 25 clinical informaticists in the US for three consecutive years: 2010 – 2012, and in 2013 he was named by Modern Healthcare among the top 50 physician executives in the nation.
Prior to his career at Premier, Dr. Bankowitz was medical director at CareScience, where he was responsible for strategy, product delivery, consulting, sales and advocacy efforts. He also served as the corporate information architect of the UniversityHealthSystem Consortium (UHC), and responsible for the strategic direction of the organization’s executive reporting tools and comparative data.
Dr. Bankowitz is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and was a National Library of Medicine graduate trainee in medical informatics. He also is senior scholar with the Center for Healthcare Policy at Thomas Jefferson University.
Cathie Gosnell has more than 20 years experience in healthcare as a clinician, educator, administrator and consultant. In her role as Chief Nursing Officer for La_Rabida Children’s Hospital, she developed and provided oversight to quality, safety, infection control, environmental purchasing, and regulatory compliance programs. She was also responsible for product evaluation, contract development and implementation of safety devices, including Premier’s sharps injury prevention
portfolio. Prior to working with the Premier Safety Institute, Gosnell directed Premier’s Pediatric Product Line in Group Purchasing Services. Gosnell lectures and writes about clinical and safety topics in healthcare.
Elise Handelman, a certified occupational health nurse specialist, served for more than 20 years at OSHA as Director of the Office of Occupational Health Nursing where she provided advice and guidance on occupational health in standard setting, public policy, training, and enforcement at the federal level. Elise is a nationally recognized expert and has published numerous articles and presented at national meetings promoting worker safety. Elise provides advice and guidance to the Premier Safety Institute on occupational safety and health issues, including contributions to its safety website.
Kellie McNelis has more than two decades of experience in healthcare in a variety of administrative and clinical roles, including intensive care clinician and consultant. Kellie has been a long-standing advocate for environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) and led the EPP efforts at Premier for nearly a decade. She has represented Premier in numerous national forums and served on national EPP-focused committees, including the Practice Greenhealth working groups on healthy purchasing.
Russell N. Olmsted, MPH, CIC, has over 30 years experience in the fields of infection prevention and control and healthcare epidemiology. He serves as director of infection prevention and control services, at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI. He is associate editor of the American Journal of Infection Control, 2011 President of the national Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC), served as a member of HHS-CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) from 2006-2010, and is a faculty member for Premier’s QUEST and Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network and AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust’s (HRET) On the CUSP: Stop HAI projects. Russ has been part of investigative teams in over 39 peer-reviewed publications and published several chapters in key texts in this field. In 2009 Russ was named as APIC’s annual Carole DeMille outstanding achievement award recipient and holds board certification in infection prevention and control from the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.(CBIC).
John is a career journalist who has worked as a writer and editor of several daily newspapers and later, major business magazines. From 1988-1997, he served as editor of Healthcare Purchasing News, later joining the Premier healthcare alliance as editorial services manager for corporate communications. Since 2002, John has done writing and editing as part of his freelance business for a number of health care magazines, purchasing websites and healthcare organizations, including Premier. John is one of the contributing editors for the Premier Safety Institute’s electronic publications, SafetyShare®
and its GreenCorner®
has over 10 years of experience in developing custom web applications and websites and managing I.T. infrastructures for numerous U.S. and international healthcare-related organizations. He has also developed videos to promote healthcare programs in Papua New Guinea. Nick was the lead developer in the redesign of this website for the Premier Safety Institute and is responsible for ongoing management of content.