Julie Cerese, RN, MSN
In her role at Vizient, Cerese has oversight of performance improvement products and advisory services, encompassing collaboratives that serve members’ clinical, operational and supply chain needs, nursing programs, patient safety programs and accreditation services.
Prior to this position, Cerese led the University HealthSystem Consortium extensive performance improvement products and services. She oversaw its Intelligence™ suite of performance improvement platforms, comprehensive databases, informatics, analytics, quality research and nursing leadership activities. She also provided direction for the Quality and Accountability Study, which was the basis for the nationally recognized Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award, presented by Vizient to the top-performing academic medical centers each year.
Cerese’s substantial knowledge of clinical quality improvement was supplemented by her service as director of quality and infection control at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Earlier she served as senior director of University HealthSystem Consortium’s clinical process improvement area.
Cerese holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in nursing from the Loyola University Chicago Niehoff School of Nursing, where she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree with a focus on interprofessional education. She is the author of numerous journal articles on quality, performance improvement and other clinical topics.