Dr. Kristie McNealy Joins the Simon Institute as Chief Consultant for Healthcare and Safety for Custodial Occupations
Kristie M. McNealy, M.D., CPHC, has joined the Simon Institute as the newest member of the standards and certification team. According to Alan Bigger, Executive Director of the Simon Institute, Dr. McNealy will be acting as Chief Consultant specializing in the development of ANSI standards and certification focusing on healthcare and safety issues in housekeeping, custodial and janitorial occupations.
Dr. McNealy comes to the Simon Institute with a background in healthcare quality improvement and project consulting, including her continuing role as a Sr. Staff Associate at Econometrica, Inc., a research firm based in Bethesda, Maryland. In her main role at Econometrica, Dr. McNealy is the Project Manager on a Measure and Instrument Development and Support (MIDS) contract for Medicares’s Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Under this contract, Dr. McNealy leads a team responsible for developing measures of the quality of care provided to participants enrolled in PACE. Areas of focus include measures in the domains of falls, pressure ulcers/injuries, depression and advance directives.
She also serves as a qualitative researcher on the evaluation of CCTP for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS). The program supports more than 100 community-based organizations as they conduct activities to reduce avoidable readmissions amongst Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in partner hospitals.
Past projects include providing clinical expertise to the team responsible for the National Content Developer contract for Partnership for Patients (PfP). Her role in this project included assisting with the design of program materials and the identification of best practices for the prevention of falls, pressure ulcers, and hospital acquired infections, and readmissions.
Dr. McNealy is also a Senior Researcher at Sundance Research Institute in Sundance, WY where she serves as a Co-Investigator for a 5-year study that will assess the impact of preconception counseling on gestational diabetes in American Indian communities. In addition, she provides technical assistance and training in the areas of protocol development, data collection, heart disease, and diabetes prevention to the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council to support their Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country grant.
Dr. McNealy is pleased to be working in service industry standards development with the Simon Institute.