QHC Advisory Group, LLC, Adds Vice President, Business Development and Marketing Director

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Two seasoned health care professionals join growing health care consulting firm.

May-Lynn Andresen, RN, has been named Vice President, Business Development, at Quality in Health Care Advisory Group, LLC(QHC). In this role, Andresen will be responsible for building relationships with healthcare professional, provider, and payor organizations for the group’s innovative healthcare consulting practice. Andresen will also serve as a liaison to CECity.com, Inc. (CECity), the leading provider of cloud-based platforms for performance improvement, with which QHC has formed a strategic alliance. Together, with Andresen’s support, QHC and CECity will deliver an unmatched solution that combines expertise and web-based technology to address the burgeoning needs of stakeholders under healthcare and payment reform. In addition, Theresa Jacobellis, MS, has been named Marketing Director for the group, responsible for branding, public relations and multi-channel communications.

May-Lynn Andresen, a registered nurse with roots in critical care, has had a career spanning the fields of quality and performance improvement, clinical research, patient, professional, and community education and outreach, fundraising, project development and strategic planning with a special emphasis in cardiology, surgery and developmental disabilities and autism. She is also a renowned patient and family advocate, consultant and speaker.

Andresen has experience in new program development and strategic planning. She has held senior leadership roles within the hospital and ambulatory settings, not-for-profit organizations and as an IRB Director. She has founded innovative programs to bridge gaps in care and services. Andresen has expertise in human behavior as well as individual, family and group dynamics and strives to establish collaboration across disciplines and settings. She is co-founder of the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities(a comprehensive multidisciplinary program providing diagnostic, treatment, school consultation, social skills training and clinical research), the Westbrook Preparatory School(the first residential secondary school in the state of New York for students with high functioning autism/Asperger syndrome) and the Rock Out Autism Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is based on the concept of person-development through mentorships.

She has lectured on topics such as cardiology, autism and advocacy to multiple audiences across the US including physicians, dentists, nurses, psychologists, educators, government leaders and parents. Andresen has been honored by North Shore University Hospital with the Nurse Excellence Award, named Nurse of Distinction by the Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council, received the Ambulatory Nursing Center of Excellence Award from both Schneider’s Children’s Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center and in 2012, received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Long Island Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children. She has also had multiple television and radio appearances.

Theresa Jacobellis has more than two decades of experience in healthcare communications. She specializes in health literacy, marketing communications, media relations, and grant writing. As Director of Public and External Affairs, she oversees the communications and marketing efforts of a 537-bed tertiary hospital on Long Island. She is also Chair of the Public Relations Committee of the Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council, a consortium of not-for-profit hospitals on Long Island. Formerly, she served as Director of Public Affairs at a 428-bed community hospital where in addition to public relations and marketing functions she was also responsible for foundation and corporate grant seeking and grants administration. Earlier, she held similar positions at an academic medical center and a multi-hospital health system.

Jacobellis has published articles on the use of social media strategies in healthcare marketing and communications. This expertise will be particularly helpful in support of communications and research related to the use of the social networking tools within the CECity platform. She has presented educational lectures on grant writing and social media as a health communication tool. Her publications and marketing campaigns have garnered national awards including the Aster Award, the Healthcare Advertising Awards, and the Cardiovascular Advertising Awards. She holds a Master’s degree in Health Communication from Boston University.

“We are thrilled to have May-Lynn join the QHC team and anticipate that she will enhance our strategic position and help us reach new markets across the country,” said Bernard M. Rosof, MD, CEO of QHC. “Theresa’s expertise will help us establish QHC’s brand identity and expand our communication efforts across multiple channels to more effectively reach out to current and potential clients.”

“May-Lynn and Theresa bring unique perspectives, key relationships and vital skill sets to QHC, and we look forward to working with them and the entire QHC team as we continue to build a seamless solution in support of healthcare providers that will result in improved patient care,” said Lloyd Myers, President of CECity.

About QHC

QHC Advisory Group, LLC, is a specialty consulting practice focused on the “triple aim” –
improved quality, reduced cost, and increased access to care. Its mission is to help organizations take the lead by preparing them successfully adapt to changes in the health care environment. QHC is dedicated to delivering cost effective and sustainable solutions that improve health care and help its clients meet their goals. QHC’s principals are national leaders in quality measurement and performance improvement who are uniquely qualified to help teams identify and implement continuous performance improvement and performance measurement systems. For more information on QHC, visit http://www.QHCag.com or call (800) 560-0557.

About CECity

Founded in 1996, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based CECity (http://www.cecity.com) is the healthcare industry's leading software as a service provider of cloud-based applications and distribution networks for Performance Improvement, Quality Reporting, Maintenance of Certification, and Lifelong Learning. Healthcare professionals and organizations, including quality improvement organizations, physician practices, hospitals and health systems, health plans, medical publishers, associations and specialty societies, pharmacy chains, certifying boards, and educational providers, count on CECity to power their high stakes solutions for continuous quality and performance improvement, care coordination, patient registries, professional education and development, board certification, REMS, patient safety and medication adherence, population health informatics, and quality reporting in support of health care and payment reform. For more information about CECity, visit http://www.cecity.com or call (412) 586-3311.

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