Kathleen Hewitt, MSN, RN, CPHQ

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Associate Vice President, NCDR

American College of Cardiology

Washington, DC

Ms. Hewitt is working with the SMART working group on the EHR Minimum Data Set subproject.


Background:

As Associate Vice President for the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR™) of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), Kathleen M. Hewitt is responsible for the management and operation of a broad range of data registries for measuring and improving quality patient care throughout the nation. Under Ms. Hewitt’s leadership the NCDR™ has grown into an unprecedented quality measurement program that over 2,500 hospitals and healthcare systems view as their gold standard benchmark and measurement tool.

Ms. Hewitt’s 20-year healthcare career reflects her dedication and passion for improving cardiovascular care. Her special interest in healthcare informatics combined with her “hands-on” experience in providing cardiovascular related care brought her to the NCDR. Prior to coming to the ACC, Ms. Hewitt held a number of positions focusing on quality patient care and performance improvement at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, an 833-bed tertiary care hospital in Northern Virginia. As a Case Manager, Cardiac Surgery; Assistant Patient Care Director, PCCU/CCU; Assistant Director, EP Lab; and Invasive Cardiovascular Clinical Practice Specialist, Ms. Hewitt gained a critical awareness of the value of accurate, complete, and timely information when evaluating the quality of patient care.

Ms. Hewitt obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from George Mason University in 1988 and 1997, respectively. In 2001, she received her Certified Professional for Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).