Diana Smalley, RN, FACHE
Rooted in her training as a nurse, Diana Smalley is dedicated to improving both patient and provider experiences. Balancing her deep understanding of patient-driven health and operational innovations, she advises Real Time on helping acute care systems achieve post-acute interoperability to improve the quality of care and enhance care coordination across the delivery system. Ms. Smalley has 30-plus years of senior-level executive experience. As regional president of Mercy Oklahoma, she oversaw 15 hospitals and more than 100 clinics. She also served in various leadership roles with Alegent Health, where she co-founded Avantas, a nationally recognized company for proven best-practice work strategies for the healthcare industry. She is an active ACHE Fellow and has served as its Chair, Chair-Elect and Immediate Past Chair. Acknowledged for her contributions to advancing care delivery, Ms. Smalley received ACHE’s Gold Medal Award, which identifies ACHE Fellows who exemplify leadership at the organizational, local, state and national levels while improving healthcare services and community health beyond their organization. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, Neb. Ms. Smalley is a graduate of the Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing. She is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.