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Dr. Jennifer Arnold (Texas Children's Hospital)
Dr. Arnold is a board-certified neonatologist practicing at Texas Children's Hospital. She did her graduate level training at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, followed by a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Arnold is the Medical Director of the Pediatric Simulation at Texas Children's and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine. Academically, Dr. Arnold is an international leader in simulation-based training and assessment. Her areas of interest within simulation include evaluating and planning new clinical spaces, training resident and fellow-level physicians on bedside procedures, improving home care and family comfort for neonates with a tracheostomy, and developing educational curricula for various departments throughout the hospital.

Dr. Jay Berry (Harvard Medical School)
Jay Berry, M.D., M.P.H., is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and attending physician with the Complex Care Service at the Boston Children's Hospital. With funding from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, Dr. Berry's research has focused on integrating pediatric providers across the care continuum to improve care planning and health outcomes for children with medical complexity. Much of Dr. Berry's work is focused on improving hospital discharge care for these children. He has adapted the Care Transitions Measure for use in children and has assessed the relationship between the quality of care at hospital discharge and hospital readmission. Dr. Berry has assisted in the development of hospital readmission quality measures for national use through the Center of Excellence of Pediatric Quality Measurement (CEPQM) at Boston Children's Hospital. His work, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was the first to describe the problem of children experiencing recurrent readmissions and the rapid accumulation of hospital resources and costs these children consume as well as report variation in readmission rates across children's hospitals. Most recently, Dr. Berry was funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health to establish an international, multidisciplinary group of stakeholders in discharge care and to develop, implement, and test a clincial framework of high-quality pediatric hospital discharge care

Kathleen Gorman, MSN, RN, FAAN (Children's National Health System)
Kathleen Chavanu Gorman is executive vice president of patient care services and chief operating officer at Children's National Health System since 2012. From 2009-2012 she served as the senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Assistant Dean of Clinical Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing. From 1998-2009 Ms. Gorman was the Vice President of Quality and Clinical Support Services at Children's National Health System. She received her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing. She is a nurse leader who has advanced patient safety, quality and clinical resource management to improve care outcomes and inform policy for children and families. Ms. Gorman has presented and published extensively on quality, safety, outcomes and leadership in healthcare. In advancing the national agenda on improving child health through pediatric quality, she has led and participated in committees under the National Quality Forum, The Leapfrog Group, Children's Hospital Association (CHA), American Board of Pediatrics, Institute of Medicine and others. Ms. Gorman serves on the Board of Directors for The DAISY Foundation and the Quality, Safety and Performance Committee for CHA. She was the recipient of the distinguished Alumni Award for the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is a graduate from Wharton School of Business: Johnson & Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow program. She has been recognized as a top woman leader by Becker's Hospital Review in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Ms. Gorman was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.

Dr. Rita Mangione-Smith (University of Washington, Department of Pediatrics)
Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH, is Professor and Chief, Division of General Pediatrics, University of Washington Department of Pediatrics, Senior Investigator in the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at the Seattle Children's Research Institute, and Adjunct Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington, School of Public Health. Her primary research interests are pediatric quality of care assessment and the development and evaluation of interventions to improve pediatric health care. She is the Director of the AHRQ-CMS funded Center of Excellence on Quality of Care Measures for Children with Complex Needs. The Center focuses on quality measure development for care received by children with medical complexity including those with mental health conditions. She is also PI on two multi-site studies focused on developing and testing quality measures for pediatric inpatient respiratory illness (NHLBI). In 2009, she served as the co-Chair for the AHRQ National Advisory Council Subcommittee on Children's Healthcare Quality Measures for Medicaid and CHIP Programs charged with identifying the original CHIPRA Core Set of measures.

Mr. Mark Wietecha (President and CEO, Children's Hospital Association)
Mark is president and CEO of Children's Hospital Association, representing over 220 hospital organizations and pediatric programs dedicated to improving child health through innovation in care, education and research. The Association advances child health through its children's hospital membership, advancing public policy, child advocacy, quality, pediatric information systems, pediatric operations improvement and education across a wide range of legislative and public constituents. Prior to joining the Association, Mark was the executive chairman of Kurt Salmon Associates, overseeing a global consulting firm of over 2,000 professionals serving clients on five continents in six languages. His client practice in academic and pediatric medicine has been recognized as among the best in the country. Mark has served as a strategic advisor to most of the U.S. News & World Report "Best" medical centers including the majority of the nation's top children's hospitals. He has been named among the country's "Most Influential Consultants" by Consulting Magazine and as one of the "5 Healthcare Leaders to Know" by Becker's Review. In addition to serving on the board of the Children's Hospital Association, he currently serves on the boards of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH) of the Association of American Medical Colleges; the Coalition to Protect America's Health Care; Virtual PICU Systems, LLC, where he is past chair, and UCLA Health System's Board of Overseers, where he is the current chair. Mark is a past board member of Management Consulting Group PLC, a London-listed company, where he served as deputy chairman, and Kurt Salmon Associates, where he served as chairman of the board. Mark is a regular presenter on the future of health care and cited in such media as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. Mark's past training includes a Master of Science from the Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. He is based in Washington, D.C.