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Karen S. Nelson, RN

Vice President of Quality, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs, Partners Continuing Care

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Karen Nelson is Partners Continuing Care’s Vice President of Quality, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs, to which she brings an extensive background in leading healthcare organizations in a comprehensive and effective portfolio of quality and compliance programs. In this role, Karen promotes a corporate culture that fosters ethical business behavior and ensures compliance with laws and regulatory requirements. She works with PCC management and quality leaders across the four hospitals, two skilled nursing facilities, twenty three outpatient sites and the home care agency to bring standardization and best practices to the measurement, improvement and sustainment of patient and organizational quality outcomes.

Serving as the PCC’s principal consultant in designing reliable systems of care, Karen supports PCC in its accreditation survey readiness, patient safety, quality improvement and risk management efforts. She integrates the organization’s work in coordination with Partners HealthCare System’s program and practices.

Prior to this role at PCC, Karen was Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs for the Massachusetts Hospital Association, where she provided strategic direction, leadership and project management to MHA for all activities related to clinical issues, health care quality, patient safety, public health, professional practice, the health care workforce, and health information technology.

Previous roles include Executive Director, Clinical Compliance & Risk Management at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and progressive hospital leadership roles Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, MA and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. In her earlier career, staff nursing positions included DFCI and the Medical University of South Carolina. Nelson is a Registered Nurse who received her B.S. from Saint Joseph College (CT) and a Masters in Public Administration from Suffolk University School of Management, where she is a lecturer in healthcare administration. She is active in numerous professional organizations and serves as a mentor to graduate students.

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