May-Lynn Andresen, BSN, RN
Ms. Andresen’s career, which is rooted in critical care, has spanned the fields of quality/ performance improvement; clinical research; patient, professional and community education and outreach; fundraising; not-for- profit project development; and strategic planning with a special emphasis in cardiology, surgery, and behavioral health. She has held related senior leadership roles within the hospital/ambulatory settings and not-for-profit organizations. Her other area of focused interest is patient and care team activation/ engagement. She believes that these are key to achieving the Quadruple Aim, and cannot be attained in isolation.
During the course of her career, she 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 across disciplines and settings. She is the co-founder and former director of the Fay J. Linder Center for Autism and Development Disabilities (a comprehensive interdisciplinary program providing diagnostic, treatment, school consultation, social skills training and clinical research) and 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 to the Rock Out Autism Foundation, a 501c3, whose mission is based within the concept of personal development through mentorships.
She 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. Ms. Andresen 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.
Ms. Andresen sat on the National Quality Forum’s Readmission Task Force in 2013 & 2014. She has served as the Vice President of QHC Advisory Group for the past four years and is completing her final year of doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota. Her focus is Health Innovation and Leadership, Healthcare Design, and Integrative Health.