By Diane Pinakiewicz
National Patient Safety Foundation, Distinguished Advisor and Past President
Diane consults in a variety of sectors across the health care industry on strategy, program design and operational requirements for patient safety, patient engagement and quality improvement programs. A Distinguished Advisor of the National Patient Safety Foundation, she served as one of its founding officers and as its President from 2003 until 2012. Her extensive knowledge of and involvement in the field led to her being named one of the US’s 50 leading experts in patient safety by Becker’s Hospital Review. Diane has served as an executive at a major oncologic academic medical center in New York, as a senior hospital-based executive for a major for-profit hospital chain, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer at a disease management company which she led through an acquisition, Vice President of Managed Care Programs at a major hospital system, Senior Consultant at a firm specializing in health care, and Senior Director of the Strategic Health Care Leadership Unit at a major pharmaceutical company. She has held multiple appointments with national patient safety and quality improvement organizations and is published on the topics of patient safety, value-based partnering and managed care financial strategies. Diane holds an MBA and Sloan Certificate in Hospital and Health Care Administration from Cornell University and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.