Julianne Morath, RN, MS
President/CEO, Hospital Quality Institute

Julianne Morath is an internationally recognized expert in health care quality and patient safety. Prior to joining the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) March 11, she served as chief quality and patient safety officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Julianne is a founding and current member of the Lucian Leape Institute of the National Patient Safety Foundation and serves on the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission. She is also a distinguished adviser and founding member of the National Patient Safety Foundation. In addition, she is a past member of the National Quality Forum Best Practices Committee. Recently, she was named by Becker Hospital Review as one of the top 50 experts leading patient safety.

She has more than three decades of executive and academic experience in health care that include the University of Cincinnati, Brown University, University of Rhode Island, and University of Minnesota. Her work is distinguished through translating research into practice and building cultures of safety and excellence. Before joining Vanderbilt, Julianne served as COO at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

While there, she transformed operations through implementing the Lean Toyota Production System and establishing the Center for Care Innovation and Research. She co-facilitated the Minnesota Executive Sessions in Patient Safety and was a founder of Safest America, a patient safety collaborative in the upper Midwest. Her work in patient safety was featured on the cover of US News & World Report and was the focus of two Harvard Business School case studies in leadership. Julianne served as system vice president for quality, performance effectiveness and education at Allina Health System, a role that included support for rural hospitals throughout the upper Midwest. Allina is an integrated system with 14 million annual health care encounters across a full continuum of care and a one million member health plan.

She has authored two books, The Quality Advantage and To Do No Harm, and is widely published on topics of quality, patient safety, leadership, and patient/family engagement. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Patient Safety and American Nurse Today. She is a frequent speaker and consultant within the United States, Canada, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. 

Julianne completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Michigan, earned a master of science degree at the University of California, San Francisco, and completed doctoral course work in social psychology and program evaluation at the University of Cincinnati. She was a participant-observer in the Harvard Executive Sessions on Medical Error, and appointed Fellow to the Salzburg Seminars on Patient Safety. She was a member of the MIT Bretton Woods Collaborative on Systems Thinking and Organizational Learning for more than a decade.

Among her many awards, Julianne was the inaugural recipient of the John Eisenberg Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Patient Safety, awarded through The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum in 2001, and Industry Leader Award from the Minnesota Business Community in 2007.

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