Trish Anen is a Principal and the APC Workforce Practice Co-Leader at Sullivan, Cotter and Associates. With over 30 years of combined clinical, executive and consulting experience, Trish has a deep understanding of the evolving health care marketplace and helps organizations implement enhanced models of care and optimize provider team performance.

As hospital and health systems nationwide aim to improve quality, manage population health and lower the cost of care, the demand for advanced practice clinicians (APC) continues to grow. Leveraging her operational expertise, Trish works closely with clients to advance their provider practices and integrate APCs into the care delivery system. She also has an extensive background in APC workforce management and developing strategies to optimize, align and engage the entire provider team.

Prior to joining SullivanCotter, Trish was Vice President for Advisory Services at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA), a membership organization serving over 200 hospitals and health systems throughout Illinois. From 2008- 2015, she served as the Vice President of Clinical Services for the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) and lead all APRN/PA workforce efforts. This included the development of the assessment tools, benchmarking reports, toolkits and other resources now included in the Center for Advancing Provider Practices (CAP2TM). She launched the MCHC Advisory Services in 2013 to help health care organizations better achieve their organizational goals by optimizing their provider teams.

Trish served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL from 1998-2008. During this time, she lead them to Magnet designation. Prior to that, she was Chief Clinical Officer and Vice President of Human Resources at Rush Copley Medical Center. At both of these organizations, Trish had responsibility for overseeing all clinical operations. She also has extensive experience as a consultant at Hewitt Associates, a large firm where she lead the health care consulting teams from 1987-1994. She started her career at the University of Illinois Hospital and Clinics as a staff nurse and manager of nursing human resource services.

Trish has an MBA from Northwestern University, J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a BSN from the University of Illinois College Of Nursing. She is a fellow of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business Nurse Executive program as well as the Chicago Institute of Medicine. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Rush-Copley Medical Center and Tenet West Suburban Medical Center and Westlake Hospital; the Advisory Boards for Rush, Loyola, St. Xavier’s, and Lewis Colleges of Nursing, and Rush University Physician Assistant Advisory Board.

Trish is recognized as a national expert and speaker on advanced practitioner integration and optimization of the provider team and development of the infrastructure (leadership structures, workforce plans) necessary to support these essential roles.

Featured Presentations

Aligning APC Strategy and Compensation to New Models of Care
As the nation grapples to solve provider shortages and cut costs in an era of declining reimbursement, health care organizations are tapping into the potential of advanced practice clinicians (APCs) to provide more cost-efficient care, improve access and enhance patient experience.
The challenge: health systems and medical groups often do not have the sustainable infrastructure, leadership support and resources needed for the effective integration of APCs into their organizations, and current compensation programs are not structured to reinforce behaviors needed to support integration efforts.
Organizations must understand the evolving role of APCs along the health care continuum, particularly with regard to how they are being utilized in primary and specialty care settings to achieve organizational goals and how to structure compensation programs to align with models of care.

Advanced Practice Clinicians:  A Comprehensive Strategy to Integrate, Optimize and Engage
As the demand for advanced practice clinicians (APCs) continues to grow, understanding how to integrate, optimize and engage this workforce is critical. The role of APCs in transforming care delivery is critical as health care evolves and the focus on team-based care intensifies. Hospitals and health systems nationwide seek to drive better performance as the industry transitions from volume- to value-based care, and meeting the strategic goals of quality, access, service and affordability is a top priority.
In many organizations, the number of APCs has sometimes grown “organically”, often one physician or clinical department at time. Many now employ hundreds of APCs, with little to no strategy to support them. To tap into the full potential of APCs, organizations must develop a comprehensive workforce strategy to integrate, optimize and engage this increasingly important provider group.

The Evolving Role of APCs in Achieving Today’s Health Care Priorities
- Dispelling myths around APRN/PA practice
- Case studies highlighting the value of APCs on the provider team
- Strategic considerations for optimizing all members of the provider team (physicians, APRNs, PAs, )
- National trends and leading practices in acute, ambulatory and medical group practices
- Removing barriers to the optimal use of Advanced Practice Clinicians

Speaker Topics

  • Delivering Value through Delivery System Innovation
  • Future of Health Care
  • Health Care Reform
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Leadership
  • Legal Issues and Ethics
  • Medical Staff Development
  • Organizational Culture
  • Patient Advocacy and Engagement
  • Performance Improvement
  • Population Health
  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Strategic Planning
  • Workforce Issues

Speaker Type

  • Breakout Presenter
  • Group Facilitator
  • Keynote Presenter
  • Presentation Moderator
  • Webinar Presenter