Nancy Abrusley, RN
Nancy Karam Abrusley, RN, is a healthcare consultant with 30+ years of extensive experience assisting organizations throughout the United States and Germany, including 13 years as a Consultant at Joint Commission Resources.
She has worked with over 450 hospitals, home care agencies, hospice, and ambulatory services conducting mock surveys, patient and system “tracers” in addition to follow–up services based upon findings.
Ernest Allen, ARM, CSP, CPHRM, CHFM
Life Safety Code Consultant
Ernie is a Certified Safety Professional and has his Associate in Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Safety from Central State University of Missouri. He is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management and a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager.
Stephen Anderson, MBA, BSN, RN, LFACHE, CJCP
Stephen Anderson, MBA, BSN, RN, LFACHE, CJCP has more than 40 years of experience in health care administration, including expertise in clinical and executive management, performance improvement measuring, and patient safety with an expertise in hospital, ambulatory care, patient safety and performance improvement consulting.
Harold Blits, CHSP
Life Safety Code Consultant
Mr. Blits has been involved in healthcare for more than thirty years, in both the clinical and administrative activities associated with the delivery of healthcare. He has consulted for more than twentyfive years assisting more than 150 organizations with accreditation needs.
Dr. Steven D. Chinn, DPM, MS, MBA, FACHE, CJCP, CPHQ, CPPS
Dr. Steven D. Chinn, has more than 35 years of clinical and senior management experience in acute care, behavioral health, ambulatory, and integrated delivery care settings. Dr. Chinn was formerly a Joint Commission surveyor for the hospital, ambulatory, behavioral health care, and network programs, as well as a health plan evaluator for the California Department of Corporation.
Elise Gropper, PhD, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC
Elise Gropper specializes in the areas of Joint Commission accreditation, CMS regulatory compliance, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®, CARF accreditation, staff development, performance improvement, and patient care redesign. Elise Gropper has served as a consultant to hospitals, behavioral health organizations, home health agencies, long-term care facilities, ambulatory care centers, surgi-centers and physician offices since 1995.
Kristine Corradetti Smith, RN, MSN, CPPS
Kristine Corradetti Smith, RN, MSN, CPPS is a Registered Nurse and auditor with over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has a wide range of experience which includes a clinical background in surgical critical care, procedural sedation and peri-operative care and administrative experience as Senior Director of Quality/Regulatory for Steward Health System, Director of Patient Safety and Patient Safety Officer at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.
Mark Halal, LCSW
Mark Halal, LCSW has provided behavioral healthcare consulting support nationwide to psychiatric hospitals, addictions and behavioral health organizations seeking to achieve and maintain Joint Commission accreditation and CMS compliance. As a consultant, Mr. Halal conducts training, gap analysis, and mock surveys for his clients and provides them with hands-on direction and technical assistance pertaining to Joint Commission survey processes, compliance, and standards on quality and safety.
Missi Halvorsen, RN, MSN
Ms. Halvorsen joins Patton Healthcare Consulting with more than 35 years of extensive healthcare industry experience serving in leadership and consultative roles. Missi began her RN career as Director of Nursing in both the Home Health Care and Pharmacy industries. After a successful decade of holding that position, she took on the role of Director of Corporate Compliance and Privacy at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida for 20 years.
Nancy Kendrick, RN, MS
Nancy has as extensive background and career in nursing through progressive education from an Associate’s Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing Science to a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration. Her work history includes hospitals, community health centers, and occupational health in the manufacturing industry, home care and accreditation organizations.
Gloria Legere, RN, MS, JD, CPHQ, CISCI
Gloria Legere is a hospital accreditation and patient safety consultant. Gloria has been a member of the Patton Healthcare Consulting team since 2012. Her focus is assisting clients to develop practical, long term strategies for continuous readiness with Joint Commission, CMS and AAAHC compliance. Previously, she was a consultant with the Greeley Company where she also provided accreditation and patient safety expertise.
Kenneth W McGraw, CHSP
Life Safety Code Consultant
Ken McGraw, CHSP, comes to Patton Healthcare Consulting with an extensive 35+ year career in healthcare including ten years as a Life Safety Code surveyor and with five years as a Life Safety Code Specialist at The Joint Commission.
Andy Morley, MD, FAAFP
Before joining Patton Healthcare Consulting, Inc., Dr. Morley was a Joint Commission Physician Surveyor for 9 years, leaving TJC in 2019. Dr. Morley has expertise in surveying hospitals, critical access, DoD, VA, and Primary Care medical facilities. During his tenure at TJC, he participated in the development of and teaching in the new training program for new surveyors as well as serving on the editorial board for the Leading Practice Library. Dr, Morley served as Team leader for many large healthcare systems including Mayo Clinic and HCA.
DeAnn Richards, RN
DeAnn Richards has worked in Infection Prevention and Occupational Health for over 27 years. She has an Associate Degree in both Occupational Therapy and Nursing, followed by her bachelor’s in nursing. Her previous experience in patient safety and quality included being a regional lead at Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network to support the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) priorities for health care quality improvement. Through a subcontracted with the Wisconsin Hospital Association, she also supported the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN).
Andre Perlo, RRT, MBA
Andre Perlo is a Registered Respiratory Therapist, licensed to practice in the state of Florida. He entered the field of Respiratory Care in 1973 following his graduation from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He became registered and certified by the NBRC in 1974. His Respiratory Care experience started as a staff therapist in a community hospital and ended as director of Respiratory Care for a 600-bed regional institution. In 1981, following a successful career within the hospital setting, he entered the home care arena, never to look back.
Susan Seeley, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Susan Seeley has over 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry both as a nurse leader and as a clinical consultant with a focus on patient care services and regulatory compliance.
Susan A. Sullivan, MBA, MLS(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)
Susan A. Sullivan, MBA, MLS(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ) brings 25+ years’ experience as an industry laboratory leader. From her role as a multi-facility administrative Director of Laboratory Operations, Ms. Sullivan has been successful in assisting institutions navigate the regulatory requirements of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), College of American Pathologists (CAP), Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies (AABB), The Joint Commission (TJC), and Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA).
Paul Vilar, MSN, RN, SCRN
Paul Vilar joined the Aurora Health Care in 2007 as a Registered Nurse. He holds a master’s degree in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist tract, from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Over the last 3 years, he has served as the System Stroke Program Director for Aurora Health Care WI hospitals. Prior to this system position, he was a stroke program manager at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center (ASLMC), a 600+ bed Comprehensive Stroke Certified medical center…
Allison Walker, MS, APRN-CNP
Allison H. Walker, MS, APRN-CNP is a Nurse Executive and current Orthopedic Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of healthcare experience. Ms. Walker comes to Patton Healthcare Consulting as an Orthopedic Disease Specific Care (DSC) Certification Reviewer as she was a former DSC Certification Reviewer at The Joint Commission for nearly eight (8) years.
Debra Zak, PhD, RN, LAc
Dr. Zak has more than 35 years of extensive experience in the health care industry with a successful record of increasing responsibility in various healthcare settings. Her experience spans from clinical and consultant experience in hospitals and home care organizations to progressive leadership experience at The Joint Commission related to accreditation products, programs, standards and survey processes.
Ms. Lauren Donaldson joined Patton Healthcare Consulting in 2016 as the Marketing and Operations Manager and in 2019 she took on the role of Administrative Director. In 2022, Patton was acquired by HBS, and HBS brought in Barrins & Associates to complete the Accreditation and Regulatory Compliance (ARC) service line to create one of the nation’s strongest …
Lindsey Cowel joined Patton Healthcare Consulting in 2015 as a Project Manager and in 2021, became the Operations Manager. In the same year, Patton Healthcare Consulting merged with Barrins & Associates and Lindsey now oversees operations for both companies.
Ms. Brooke Jones was welcomed to the Patton Healthcare Consulting team in 2022 as the Project Coordinator. Her main role consists of drafting and editing client contracts, managing expense reports, and scheduling client surveys. She ensures consistency and comprehensiveness across databases, while providing excellent client service.