Ann Spenard is a Principal and Vice President at Qualidigm, chiefly responsible for program operations and overseeing major initiatives at Qualidigm, including the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Throughout her extensive career as a long-term care and geriatrics specialist, Ann has led national quality, patient safety, and data validation projects. She has also taught nationally to providers groups and CMS.
Her interest in research has been fueled by her involvement multiple research projects and publications on topics related to patient safety and healthcare quality improvement. She is a master trainer for TeamSTEPPS, an evidence-based teamwork program to improve patient safety, and helped adapt this national program for use in long term care.
Prior to joining Qualidigm, Ann was the founder and president of Healthcare Consultation & Education Resources, Inc., where she provided consultation and education on issues of long term care and geriatrics.
Ann received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Connecticut State University, a Master of Science in Nursing from Sacred Heart University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Sacred Heart. She serves on the Connecticut League of Nursing Board and the Avila Institute of Gerontology Board.