Debbie Sears Barnard, MSc, RN, CPHQ
Over three decades in healthcare in a variety of practice settings (including acute care, home health, hospice, and an academic setting; and in organizations of varying degrees of complexity.
Expertise in lean systems thinking, executive leadership development, quality and organization improvement, application of human factors in designing for patient safety, patient and family advisory councils, and organizational development & learning.
Former Ontario Hospital Association faculty for the Effective Governance for Quality & Patient Safety program.
Ms. Debbie Sears Barnard’s consulting expertise includes effective governance & leadership for quality & patient safety; strategic planning; use of quality as a core business strategy, lean systems thinking; quality/process improvement; change management; clinical risk management, accreditation and patient safety.
Prior to joining JCR as a consultant, Ms. Barnard was a Joint Commission Home Care Surveyor. She has worked in and supported healthcare organizations internationally including the USA, Canada, Bahamas and UAE.
EXPERIENCE WITH HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Director, Performance Improvement, Clinical Risk Management and Accreditation, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Vice-President Process Improvement, Quality & Patient, Academic Health Sciences Centre, Northern Ontario, Canada
Project Manager, Canadian Patient Safety Institute’s national Safer Healthcare Now! campaign (SHN), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Executive Director Clinical Quality Support, Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Performance Improvement Director, Dekalb Regional Health System, Decatur, Georgia, USA
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS OR CERTIFICATIONS
Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ)
National Association HealthCare Quality
Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement EXTRA Fellow (2013)
Advanced Health Leadership Program - Rotman School of Management (2016)
Master of Science in Human Resource Management & Development, National-Louis University, Atlanta, Georgia USA
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Sciences, National-Louis University, Atlanta, Georgia USA
Certificate Advance Nursing Education (Honors), University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica
Diploma General Nursing (RN), Bahamas School of Nursing, Nassau, Bahamas