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2003 Changemaker: Ann Hendrich, RN, MSN

Ann Hendrich is a nurse executive whose research and leadership has helped transform hospital environments throughout the U.S.


She was of 15 national nurse executives selected for a three-year Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship in 1998 and also the former Senior Vice President, Senior Nurse Executive of Nursing Administration and Patient Care Services on the Methodist campus of Clarian Health in Indianapolis, IN. As Project Director and Principal Investigator, Ms. Hendrich directed the development of a $13 million award-winning cardiac critical care demonstration project at Clarian - one of The Center for Health Design's Pebble Projects.


Widely published in professional journals and nursing text, she is active on editorial boards and was a past board member to Midwest Alliance in Nursing. With a special interest in geriatrics, she is also the author of the "Hendrich II Predictive Model of Patient Falls" and was recently named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.


Ms. Hendrich has acted as a national consultant to multiple health care systems, is faculty to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Health Technology Center, and a frequent advisor to the Nurse Executive Center and The Advisory Board Company, in the areas of hospital/health environmental designs for the future, care delivery models, strategic use of technology, and computer-based-simulation learning modules. She also recently gave testimony to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering on the impact of the hospital environment upon the caregiver and the patient.


In June 2003, Ms. Hendrich joined Ascension Health in St. Louis, MO, as the new Vice President of Clinical Excellence. In this newly created role, she is guiding the implementation of clinical excellence initiatives in partnership with administrative and clinical leadership.