Dr. Andresen’s career, which is rooted in critical care, has incorporated the principles of partnership throughout. Her inspired, vocational journey has spanned the fields of quality/ performance improvement; clinical research; patient, professional and community education and outreach; fundraising; innovative not-for-profit project development; and strategic planning with a clinical emphasis in cardiology, surgery, autism, and behavioral health. She has held related senior leadership roles within the hospital/ambulatory settings and not-for-profit organizations. She is passionate about patient (person) and (care) team activation/engagement through the practice of partnership-based leadership and human-centered design. She believes that these are key to achieving the Quadruple Aim, and cannot be attained in isolation.
During the course of her profession, Dr. Andresen founded innovative programs for the purpose of bridging gaps in care and services that she identified. She has expertise in the function of human behavior and strives to establish collaborations and partnerships across persons/communities, disciplines, and settings. She is the co-founder and former director of the Fay J. Linder Center for Autism and Development Disabilities (a comprehensive transdisciplinary program providing diagnostic, treatment, school consultation, social skills training and clinical research), and is also co-founder and former director of the Westbrook Preparatory School (the first residential secondary school in the state of New York for students with High Functioning Autism / Asperger syndrome). In addition, she is co-founder of the Rock Out Autism Foundation, a 501c3, whose mission is based within the concept of personal development through mentorships. For more than a decade, she has and continues to be an active member of the Asperger High Functioning Autism Association’s professional advisory board.
Recently, Dr. Andresen (along with Dr. Rosof and Dr. McDonald) contributed to the development and publication of the nation’s first Charter on Professionalism for Health Care Organizations. It is an aspirational document that describes organizational behaviors that support a culture of professionalism focused in the domains of patient partnerships, organizational culture, community partnerships, and operations and business practices. The Charter has been endorsed by organizations nationwide.
Dr. Andresen has lectured on topics across the U.S. ranging from cardiology to autism and advocacy for multiple stakeholders including physicians, dentists, nurses, psychologist, educators, government leaders and parents. She has been honored with the North Shore University Hospital Nurse Excellence Award, was 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 received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Council for Exceptional Children. She is a member of the Association of Nurse Executives, the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design, Sigma Theta Tau, and the American Nurses Association. She also sat on the National Quality Forum’s Readmission Task Force in 2013 & 2014.
Dr. Andresen completed her doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, where she majored in Health Innovation and Leadership, minored in Integrative Health, and earned a Certificate in Healthcare Design and Innovation. She is also a graduate of New York State’s Partners in Policymaking program.