PHILADELPHIA — Kate FitzPatrick, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, NEA-BC, clinical director for the Women’s Health/Neonatal Nursing & Neuroscience Nursing divisions and interim director for the department of Advanced Practice at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), has been selected as a 2014-2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellow (ENF).

Founded in 1998, the three-year RWJF ENF leadership development program provides coaching, education, and other support to advance the effectiveness of nurse leaders at improving health care delivery at local, state, and national levels.

All participants currently serve in senior leadership positions in health services, scientific and academic organizations, public health and community-based organizations or systems, and professional, governmental and policy organizations. They continue in these positions during their fellowships, and each develops, plans, and implements a new initiative to improve health care delivery in her or his community.

FitzPatrick is one of 20 nurse leaders selected from among more than 100 applicants nationwide for the prestigious opportunity, and the only one in the state of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia region to be chosen.

FitzPatrick’s leadership portfolio spans hospital administration, quality and patient safety, interprofessional clinical leadership, and trauma care. She has advanced professional nurse peer processes and outcomes by introducing innovative approaches and testing these approaches in her research.

Prior to joining HUP, FitzPatrick was state trauma system coordinator for the Delaware Public Health Division, where she led the statewide trauma system and  the passage of trauma system legislation.  FitzPatrick is also past president and former board member of the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), has served on the Journal of Trauma Nursing’s editorial board, and represented the Pennsylvania Nurses Association on the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation board.

In 2007, FitzPatrick became the first nurse appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Foundation. She currently serves on the Board of the American Trauma Society and will be inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing this fall.

“Penn Medicine has a strong tradition of nursing excellence,” said Regina Cunningham, RN, PhD, chief nursing executive at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “Kate’s selection is emblematic of the clinical skills and leadership demonstrated by nursing leaders throughout our institution. We congratulate Kate on this honor and salute RWJ Foundation for providing important nursing leadership programs designed to meet the needs of patients, now and in the future.”

A graduate of the University of Delaware and Widener University, FitzPatrick also earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University. FitzPatrick completed a post-master's acute care nurse practitioner certificate from the University of Pennsylvania and the healthcare executive program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

FitzPatrick serves as clinical associate faculty at Penn’s School of Nursing and adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt University's Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Click here for more information about the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program and full list of Fellows.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.