MEMPHIS, Tenn., Oct. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ann Gaffey, Sedgwick's senior vice president of health care risk management and patient safety, was elected by her peers to serve as president of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, the nation's premier industry group for health care risk management professionals. She accepted the presidency today at the organization's annual conference and exhibition in Indianapolis; her term begins Jan. 1, 2016.
Gaffey, who is widely known as an expert on health care, patient safety, clinical risk management and quality improvement, brings to her new leadership position 30 years of industry experience. In addition to overseeing Sedgwick's health care risk management and patient safety practice, Gaffey is an adjunct professor at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the School of Nursing at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
"I look forward to leading ASHRM next year as we work toward our mission of advancing patient safety, reducing uncertainty, and maximizing value through the management of risk across the health care enterprise," Gaffey said. "A recurring theme in our industry is the aging health care risk manager population; at ASHRM, we are committed to educating and mentoring newcomers to our field and preparing them to advance health care risk management programs to an enterprise risk model."
A licensed registered nurse and frequently published author and speaker, Gaffey leads Sedgwick's delivery of innovative, consultative services to improve and enhance health care clients' enterprise risk management and patient safety programs. Sedgwick's practice emphasizes risk identification, assessment, analysis and prevention, as well as risk management and patient safety education. More information is available on the Sedgwick website.
Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc., is the leading global provider of technology-enabled claims and productivity management solutions. Sedgwick and its affiliated companies deliver cost-effective claims, productivity, managed care, risk consulting and other services to clients through the expertise of more than 12,000 colleagues in some 275 offices located in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. The company specializes in workers' compensation; disability, FMLA and other employee absence; managed care; general, automobile and professional liability; property loss adjusting; warranty and credit card claims services; fraud and investigation; structured settlements; Medicare compliance solutions; and forensic investigations. Sedgwick and its affiliates design and implement customized programs based on proven practices and advanced technology that exceed client expectations. Sedgwick's majority shareholder is KKR; Stone Point Capital LLC and other management investors are minority shareholders. For more, see www.sedgwick.com.