Knitasha Washington Bio

A New Mindset, Partnering with Patients as Never Before
General Session: 8:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
In this general session, conference attendees will learn to better understand the person and family engagement (PFE) as a fundamental quality improvement strategy for healthcare transformation.  Dr. Washington will share programs, tools and resources that can be adopted for PFE adoption within your health service delivery system.

Dr. Washington is a prominent figure in healthcare transformation serving in the capacity of thought-leader, patient advocate, researcher and performance improvement expert who has worked with healthcare systems, U.S.  Government agencies and numerous policymaker groups to ensure that the rights of all patients are respected? Particularly the most vulnerable populations while improving quality and cost structures. She is the Executive Director of Consumers Advancing Patient Safety, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the role of the consumer as a partner in pursuing healthcare that is safe, compassionate and just. Dr. Washington also heads an independent consulting firm ATW Health Solutions based in Chicago.   Shaped by her passion and belief in social justice, Knitasha has earned recognition nationally for work in both health equity and patient safety.

With more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare serving primarily as a consultant, Knitasha brings a multi-dimensional talent focused primarily in the areas of systems performance improvement, operations efficiency, hospital turn-around, patient safety, patient  and family engagement, quality and health equity. In 2009 she lost her father to a preventable medical error?  An event that dramatically inspired her sense of urgency for quality improvement and eliminating harm for vulnerable populations.

Today, Knitasha serves in multiple roles driving change and innovation nationally and locally. Knitasha is credited for being a key thought-leader of the alignment of equity with the work of the Partnership for Patients Campaign and contributor to Safety across the Board. Dr. Washington continues to advocate for greater diversity and minority inclusion in health care leadership through her work with the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE).  Currently she also serves as a collaborating principal investigator for  the Community Engagement for Early Recognition and Immediate Action in Stroke (CEERIAS) project with  RUSH and Northwestern Medicine, as well as a lead researcher and founder of the Chicago based Mega Faith  Meets Mega Science project.

Dr. Washington is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) and received her Doctorate of Health Administration Degree from Central Michigan University, Masters of Heath Administration from Governors State University and Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Business Administration from Chicago State University. To her credit have been extended many nominations and awards including, 2017 CMS Leadership Award, 2014 Governors State University Luminary Pioneer Award, 2014 Illinois Department of Public Health Excellence in Community Health Leadership Award, 2013 American College of Healthcare Executives Regents Health Care Leadership Award, 2009 NAHSE National Young Healthcare Executive Award and the featured cover story for the Spring 2010 of Girlfriends HealthGuide Magazine.

Motivated by the many opportunities to improve quality and patient safety while reducing costs, Dr.  Washington’s career path continues to be guided by her vision to be at the helm of change and to ensure a more equitable and values-driven health care system.