Who: Janet Corrigan, 61
New role: Chief program officer for patient care at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, effective Feb. 2. The foundation, based in Palo Alto, Calif., funds research in multiple areas, including environmental conservation and scientific discovery. Corrigan will oversee distribution of more than $40 million a year to projects that improve the patient experience and outcomes.
Anticipated focus: She plans to concentrate on issues that will have significant and measurable impact over time, including end-of-life care, health information technology and data collection.
Background: Corrigan is currently a distinguished fellow at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Previous roles include serving as president and CEO for the National Quality Forum, and director of the Quality Initiative at the Institute of Medicine. She was also executive director in 2008 of the President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality.
On healthcare quality: 'We've made a lot of progress over the past decade, and our clinicians and leaders in the healthcare system are in a much stronger position to improve healthcare. But it's still a work in progress, and we have a ways to go in really engaging patients and their families.”