Bethesda, Md.—June 28, 2017— Dr. Ellen Swartwout, a nursing leader dedicated to healthcare best practices and quality initiatives, has been selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Swartwout, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, is the Vice President for Research and Analytics at the O’Neil Center, the research arm of GetWellNetwork. She will be inducted with 173 other colleagues at a ceremony to be held during the AAN’s annual policy conference, October 5-7, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Swartwout has 30 years of experience across the healthcare industry, spanning clinical, administrative, credentialing, research and patient engagement health IT roles. Within GetWellNetwork’s O’Neil Center she works with clinical partners to set the research agenda to discover data-driven insights that guide new patient engagement interventions.
“Ellen has contributed to a breakthrough new metric to guide assessments of patient engagement capacity and drive successful new engagement approaches, called the Person Engagement Index™,” said Michael O’Neil, CEO and founder of GetWellNetwork. “She has been highly instrumental in moving patient and family engagement from theory to the bedside. Thanks to Ellen and her research team, clinicians will be empowered to prescribe precise engagement interventions, leading to optimized patient outcomes.”
Dr. Swartwout has previously held leadership positions at American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), including senior director of Certification & Measurement Services. Earlier in her career she held a number of clinical and leadership positions at Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va., finishing her tenure there as the Senior Director of Professional Practice.
“It is truly an honor to be selected as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing,” said Dr. Swartwout. “Our current research agenda at the O’Neil Center is an excellent opportunity to advance the science of patient and family engagement. I look forward to continuing to work with healthcare colleagues to contribute to the Academy’s mission to transform healthcare to benefit patients globally.”
Dr. Swartwout obtained both a Ph.D. in Nursing Administration and a Master of Science in Nursing from George Mason University. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College). She is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and is board certified as Nurse Executive, Advanced.