SOURCE: The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation

May 02, 2016 10:00 ET

Rachael Watman Named Vice President of Programs at the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 02, 2016) -  The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation today announced that Rachael Watman, MSW, has joined the foundation as Vice President of Programs. In this newly created position, she will help to oversee the Foundation's Innovation and Education portfolios, which include the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, a multi-year effort to enhance and expand nursing-driven models of care that benefit vulnerable populations, and the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation, an integrated BSN to PhD approach designed to produce the next generation of nurse change agents.

"Rachael is one of the smartest, most well respected leaders in the field," said Ahrin Mishan, Executive Director of the Hillman Foundation. "Her many years of experience in supporting and building nursing and healthcare innovations make her an exceptionally valuable addition to our team." 

Watman joins the Hillman Foundation after 13 years with The John A. Hartford Foundation, most recently as Senior Program Officer. In this role she directed the Foundation's Leadership in Action portfolio, focused on putting geriatrics expertise to work to change the way healthcare is delivered to an aging society. She has been a leader in the Foundation's Change AGEnts Initiative and the Serious Illness and End-of-Life collaborative, and previously directed the nursing portfolio, including nine Centers of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.

"This is an exciting opportunity to advance critical work to improve the lives of patients and their families," said Watman. "The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation's commitment to helping the next generation of nursing leaders transform healthcare aligns with my interest and experience. I am honored to join the staff of the Hillman Foundation."

The Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation mission is to improve the lives of patients and their families through nursing-driven innovation. To this end, the Foundation cultivates nurse leaders, supports nursing research, and disseminates new models of care that are critical to making the U.S. healthcare system more patient-centered, accessible, equitable, and affordable. The foundation's goal is to leverage the power of nursing's unique knowledge to ensure that the healthcare system can deliver the high-quality care patients need and deserve.

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