UC Innovation center names interim director

Karyn DiGiorgio will guide center in spreading health care delivery innovations systemwide.

Karyn DiGiorgio

Karyn DiGiorgio

Karyn DiGiorgio, M.S.N., R.N., has been appointed interim director of the UC Center for Health Quality and Innovation (CHQI).

The center, based at the UC Office of the President, is a systemwide effort launched in 2010 to support innovative grants and spread best practices that aim to improve quality, increase efficiencies and reduce costs at UC medical centers.

DiGiorgio joined UCOP in September as the associate director of CHQI, after working for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where she was a program officer in the Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative.

“The UC Center for Health Quality and Innovation will be in good hands under Karyn’s leadership,” said the center’s outgoing executive director, Terry Leach, R.N., Esq., who will continue working part time with the center until retiring from UC in July.

“I look forward to working with UC campuses and medical centers to help spread innovations that improve the delivery of health care throughout UC Health,” DiGiorgio said. “I very much appreciate having Terry’s assistance during this transition.”

At the Moore Foundation, DiGiorgio developed and managed multiple systemwide health care grants in the Bay Area and greater Sacramento regions — many of which resulted in significant reductions in patient morbidity and mortality and led to improvements in patient care. Previously, she worked as the R.N. discharge coordinator and a staff/charge nurse in the Emergency Department at UCSF Medical Center. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds an M.S.N. in health policy from UC San Francisco and an M.S. from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

The Center for Health Quality and Innovation is governed by a board composed of the six UC medical school deans, five UC medical center CEOs and chaired by the UC Health senior vice president. The center will host its third annual spring colloquium May 2 in Oakland.

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