The HRET HIIN team is responsible for project administration and management. We work with our partners to provide education, training and support for participating HIIN hospitals. We also coordinate and align objectives at both the state and national level so participating hospitals can focus on improving patient care.
Dr. Andrawis, Executive Director, provides leadership and direction in the design of performance improvement efforts and successful contract operations. She has nearly 20 years of experience in health care safety and quality work including designing and leading large scale change initiatives. Her experience includes contributions to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the largest QIN-QIO, Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG). Dr. Andrawis received her Doctor of Pharmacy from South Dakota State University and her Masters of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University and was residency trained in health care administration at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Jay Bhatt is the American Hospital Association's Chief Medical Officer and President of the Health Research and Educational Trust. He also practices primary care internal medicine at Erie Family Health Center. Previously, Dr. Bhatt was the Chief Health Officer at the Illinois Hospital Association and the Managing Deputy Commissioner and Chief Innovation Officer at the Chicago Department of Public Health. Dr. Bhatt holds a medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a Master of Public Health degree from University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master of Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Chicago.
Erin supports contract and finance activities. Prior to joining HIIN, Erin worked at HRET on the AHRQ Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery and the AHRQ Safety Program for ICUs: CAUTI/CLABSI. Prior to HRET, Erin worked at Rush University Medical Center and Karmanos Cancer Institute. Erin has a Master of Public Administration degree from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University.
Julia Heitzer is a data analyst with HRET and currently works on the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) project. Julia has been involved in data analytics, data interpretation, and quality improvement coaching for several clinical topics and collaborated with state hospital associations on harm reduction in HEN, HEN 2.0, and HIIN projects. Prior to HRET, Julia worked at The Joint Commission and the American College of Chest Physicians. Julia holds a Master of Science in Health Science from the Ball State University and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
Erica Hernandez is a Program Manager with the Health Research and Education Trust (HRET) at the American Hospital Association. Erica directs educational events supporting quality improvement and organizational initiatives, and manages state partner operations. She conducts collaborations with hospitals and clinical experts in reducing inpatient harm for the Health Innovation Improvement Network (HIIN). Prior to joining HRET, Erica worked in a professional services firm providing advisory and consulting services in health care. Erica was also a project manager for the Henry Ford Hospital Innovation Institute and completed fellowships in health administration and digital health entrepreneurship. Erica holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Lydie Marc is a Program Manager with HRET and helps manage virtual events, state partner operations and clinical topics. Lydie has a background in public health with experience in community health and quality improvement. Prior to working at HRET, she worked as a Program Manager in behavioral health and disease prevention. Lydie holds a Master of Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Georgia Southern University. She is also certified as a Health Education Specialist (CHES) from National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).
Radhika provides educational support for quality improvement topics and manages state partner operations. Radhika has experience working in a hospital setting and health care consulting. Prior to HRET, Radhika worked for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on quality and performance improvement initiatives. Radhika has a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University, Chicago.
Kristin Preihs, Senior Program Manager, provides operational leadership of research, improvement and organizational initiatives. Preihs has a background in public health policy at the local, state and national levels and experience in process improvement across healthcare, public health, behavioral health, and private business domains. Prior to joining HRET, Kristin led county health departments throughout Illinois in transition toward creation of Quality Management Systems in alignment with multiple accrediting bodies. Preihs holds a Master of Public Health Degree (MPH) from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a dual undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University in psychology and neuroscience. She is also certified as a Health Education Specialist (CHES) from National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and Quality Improvement Associate from American Society for Quality (ASQ).
Kavita Bhat is a program manager with Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) at the American Hospital Association. Kavita provides support and collaborates with state hospital associations on harm reduction for HIIN Projects with a focus on VAE and Culture of Safety. She has a background in medicine and public health with experience in epidemiology, community health, and quality improvement. Prior to working at HRET, she worked as a physician and more recently a community health specialist. Kavita holds a MD from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India and a Masters in Public Health from the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Linda Breen is the Associate Director of HRET/HIIN, now also known as the AHA Center for Health Innovation. Linda provides operational leadership for both HRET/HIIN and the PI team. Previously, Linda was a Senior Quality Improvement Facilitator at Telligen working on special projects with hospitals, primary care practices, post-acute care facilities and palliative care initiatives. Linda has worked in hospital quality management as well as several national healthcare related organizations. She holds a Master of Public Health degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. She is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality.
Paul Cholod provides data and operations support. Prior to working for HRET, he worked as a data analyst for the Allant Group and Northwestern University Medical School, Department of Preventive Medicine. Paul has also worked for the U.S. Census Bureau as a survey statistician, supervising data collection for various surveys.
Marie Cleary-Fishman currently holds the position of Vice President, Clinical Quality. She has been with HRET since March of 2014 and currently manages a diverse portfolio of federally and privately funded projects. Marie has provided leadership in the following projects; Patient Engagement in the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA - PCORI), HUDDLE for Care (The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation), the Strategic Innovation Engine (IMPAQ), Project ACHIEVE (University of Kentucky), Patient Safety in Ambulatory Settings (AHRQ), and has contributed in her role as team member to Conflict and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR - AHRQ), HEN 2.0 (CMS) in addition to several data oriented projects.
Joyce Moss is Executive Assistant to the Director of Clinical Quality within the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), at the American Hospital Association. Her responsibilities include providing direct support to the Director and general support to High Reliability consultants and the HRET HIIN team.
Joyce has over 20 years of experience in senior administrative support positions in firms specializing in consulting, investment banking, accounting, and a non-profit organization.
Joyce has a Master of Science in Human Services Administration from Spertus College and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from Northeastern Illinois University. She also holds Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook.
Jordan Steiger is a program manager with HRET and currently co-leads the HIIN team’s newest project, which focuses on identifying, documenting and spreading the best practices of high performing, freestanding, inpatient psychiatric and rehabilitation hospitals to improve patient safety and health outcomes in these settings. Jordan has managed state partner operations and clinical topic areas for the HIIN, and previously worked on the States Targeting Reduction in Infections Via Engagement (STRIVE) project at HRET. Before joining HRET, Jordan worked at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health on maternal and child health-focused quality improvement projects. Jordan holds a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and American Culture from the University of Michigan.
Brandie is the event coordinator for the roadshow logistics. She also gives admin support to staff. Brandie comes to us from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as a Program Coordinator for the Psychology Internship Program. Brandie is currently a student at DePaul University completing her Bachelors in Business Administration concentrating on Healthcare Management.