Leslie Schultz RN, PhD, CPHQ

Director, Premier Safety Institute

    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 RN, MS, FSHEA

    Vice President, emeritus

      In memorium

      Gina Pugliese – respected colleague, trusted advisor and dear friend – passed away peacefully on March 4 surrounded by her loved ones. As with anything she took on, Gina was relentless, determined and valiant as she deployed her usual boundless energies against an unworthy opponent.

      In lieu of flowers, Gina asked that you please consider a contribution to a cause you are passionate about or to the Gina Pugliese Scholarship. Gina was a Fellow in The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology in America (SHEA) and a scholarship in her name was established by SHEA to promote the training of a non-physician infection preventionist (IP) who has shown outstanding interest and leadership in the field or works in a resource-limited setting. (Select “Specific Scholarship Donation” and choose “Gina Pugliese Scholarship” from the dropdown menu.)

      Gina led Premier’s Safety Institute® and drove significant improvements in healthcare safety for 17 years before officially retiring in 2016. As a Strategic Advisor consultant and Vice President, Emeritus (she is the sole recipient of that special honor,) Gina contributed to Premier, our members and their patients up to the very end of her life. She continued to guide our work on antimicrobial surveillance, opioids, implementation of tubing and other safety standards, as well as an array of other public health issues.

      During Gina’s career, she helped shape the practice of infection control, bringing innovation and leadership to the field. She was a prolific writer and educator, sharing her knowledge at more than 300 conferences in 21 countries, publishing over 150 articles and 8 books and as faculty for Rush University College of Nursing and University of Illinois, Public Health. She also served as an associate editor for the American Journal of Infection Control and the Journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Gina sat on numerous national policy committees, providing congressional testimony for regulatory initiatives. Most recently she served as Vice President, emeritus of the Premier Safety Institute at Premier Healthcare Alliance, an organization with a mission to transform the healthcare sector.

      Gina received numerous recognitions and awards for her contributions to her field including Employee of the Year at the American Hospital Association, recognition by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for her work on bloodborne pathogens training for OSHA and the establishment of the Gina Pugliese Scholarship by SHEA (The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America). She also received the Carol De Mille outstanding achievement award from APIC (Association of Professionals in Infection Prevention and Control) and was named by Becker as one of Top 50 Experts in Patient Safety.

      Gina was a bright and shining light and anyone who had the fortune to know her, had their life touched in immeasurable ways.

      Cathie Gosnell RN, MS, MBA

      Clinical consultant, Premier Safety Institute

        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 M. Handelman RN, MEd

        Occupational and environmental health consultant, Premier Safety Institute

          Elise Handelman, a recognized occupational health nurse specialist, served nearly 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.

          Russell N. Olmsted MPH, CIC

          Infection Prevention Consultant, Premier Safety Institute

            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 Hall BSJ

            Contributing editor, Premier Safety Institute

              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 GreenLink® and its GreenCorner® website.

              Nick Verwymeren

              Web design – development consultant

                Nick Verwymeren 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.