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Julie McDonald retires after 30 years of service

Published November 30, 2015

Help us celebrate Julie McDonald and her retirement on Thursday, Dec. 3 in the Clinical Analytics Office on 4A from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Julie joined Providence in 1984 as a hospice nurse. Always looking to the future, she helped Providence Home Health transition in 1996 to its first electronic medical record system.

She moved over to the hospital in 1998 as our first cardiac data coordinator. Working with our cardiac surgeons, Julie helped Providence Regional Medical Center Everett become an international leader in blood conversation, recognizing early on that blood transfusions present risks to patients. PRMCE remains a leader in this work, thanks to Julie’s and Jim Brevig’s analysis of the data and commitment to excellence through standard work.

In the early 2000s, Julie helped Everett to drive door-to-dilation times down for patients suffering from ST-wave acute myocardial infarctions – again setting up PRMCE to lead the state. Later, in 2007, she worked to help the EMS community to identify those patients in the field so that their care could begin even before arrival at the hospital.

Always looking for ways to move us forward, she brought together professionals to meld abstractors, disease-registries, and core-measures into the Clinical Analytics Department, and she pioneered the use of data analysis even before terms like “big data” had been invented.

Because of Julie’s leadership, PRMCE has continued to be a data-driven organization in patient safety and quality, and her work will help guide us for years to come.