Therese A. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN

Senior Vice President, Performance Improvement

Kaufmann, Hall & Associates LLC

Therese Fitzpatrick is a senior vice president at Kaufman Hall and a member of the firm’s Performance Improvement practice, specializing in strategic cost management. Dr. Fitzpatrick has 40 years of healthcare experience spanning operations and policy development in local, regional and global markets. Her areas of expertise include strategic management of clinical and administrative services, analytic and financial competencies, labor relations and contract negotiations, and strategic workforce optimization with specialty focus in developing clinical staffing algorithms based on advanced modeling and scheduling policy.

Prior to joining Kaufman Hall, Dr. Fitzpatrick was a principal and practice operations lead for Philips Healthcare North America. In that role, she provided strategic and analytical support to governments, regional entities, and individual hospitals and health systems in creating sustainable population health solutions and clinical and business performance improvement across the continuum of care. Her previous positions include serving as executive vice president at Assay Healthcare Solutions and The Optimé Group; senior vice president at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare; and senior vice president/CNO at St. Francis Hospital in Milwaukee. Dr. Fitzpatrick holds a doctorate in urban studies from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and a master’s degree in nursing administration and Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from DePaul University. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2016 and as a member of the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance in 2020. She is an assistant clinical professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and in the College of Nursing at Augusta University.


Transforming to a High-Performing Governing Council in a Large Health System

Presented by Donald J. Steiner, MD, FACEP, Terika Richardson, FACHE, Therese A. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN at 3:45 PM on Wednesday, March 24th.

As large health systems continue to evolve, the role of the local governing councils is changing. While there is the desire to preserve the legacies, traditions and the important philanthropic role of a local governing council, system governance requirements suggest that hospital executives transition to a governing council with responsibility for quality, safety and medical…