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Denise Murphy is currently Vice President for Patient Care Systems and Senior Nurse Executive for BJC HealthCare. She served for 8 years as System Vice-President for Quality and Patient Safety at Main Line Health in Suburban Philadelphia. From 2003-2008, she was Chief Safety and Quality Officer for Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center. Prior to taking that position, Denise spent 7 years as Director of Epidemiology and Patient Safety for BJC HealthCare.

Denise went to nursing school in Philadelphia, received her BSN in Portland, Maine and a Master of Public Health/Epidemiology degree from St. Louis University, School of Public Health. She graduated from the first AHA/National Patient Safety Foundation’s Leadership Fellowship in August, 2003. Her professional certifications are current in both Infection Prevention and Control (CIC) and Patient Safety (CPPS).

Ms. Murphy is considered an international expert on the business of infection prevention and establishment of effective patient safety and quality programs, optimizing process improvement in healthcare, and creating and sustaining a highly reliable safety culture. She is an active member of The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), The Society of Healthcare Epidemiologists of America (SHEA), American Society for Healthcare Risk Managers and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Denise was President of the APIC National Board of Directors, chaired Strategic Planning and was a member of the annual educational conference committees for both APIC and SHEA. She served on the National Quality Forum’s Patient Safety Advisory Committee, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee, and the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania’s Committee on Quality and Care Management.

Denise was the 2010 winner of the Carole DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award for Infection Prevention. In 2013, Denise was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing for her leadership in the fields of infection prevention, patient safety and quality.

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