GetWellNetwork’s Ellen Swartwout Selected Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
GetWellNetwork’s Ellen Swartwout Selected as Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing
Bethesda, Md.—June 28, 2017— Dr. Ellen Swartwout, a nursing leader dedicated to healthcare best practices and quality initiatives, has been selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Swartwout, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, is the Vice President for Research and Analytics at the O’Neil Center, the research arm of GetWellNetwork. She will be inducted with 173 other colleagues at a ceremony to be held during the AAN’s annual policy conference, October 5-7, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Swartwout has 30 years of experience across the healthcare industry, spanning clinical, administrative, credentialing, research and patient engagement health IT roles.  Within GetWellNetwork’s O’Neil Center she works with clinical partners to set the research agenda to discover data-driven insights that guide new patient engagement interventions.
“Ellen has contributed to a breakthrough new metric to guide assessments of patient engagement capacity and drive successful new engagement approaches, called the  Person Engagement Index™,” said Michael O’Neil, CEO and founder of GetWellNetwork. “She has been highly instrumental in moving patient and family engagement from theory to the bedside. Thanks to Ellen and her research team, clinicians will be empowered to prescribe precise engagement interventions, leading to optimized patient outcomes.”
Dr. Swartwout has previously held leadership positions at American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), including senior director of Certification & Measurement Services. Earlier in her career she held a number of clinical and leadership positions at Inova Health System in Falls Church, Va., finishing her tenure there as the Senior Director of Professional Practice.
“It is truly an honor to be selected as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing,” said Dr. Swartwout. “Our current research agenda at the O’Neil Center is an excellent opportunity to advance the science of patient and family engagement. I look forward to continuing to work with healthcare colleagues to contribute to the Academy’s mission to transform healthcare to benefit patients globally.”
Dr. Swartwout obtained both a Ph.D. in Nursing Administration and a Master of Science in Nursing from George Mason University. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College). She is an adjunct faculty member for the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and is board certified as Nurse Executive, Advanced.
Academy Fellows
The American Academy of Nursing's approximately 2,400 fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research. Fellows represent association executives; university presidents, chancellors and deans; elected officials; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants, and researchers and entrepreneurs.
Invitation to fellowship is more than recognition of one's accomplishments within the nursing profession. Academy fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy, and to engage with other health leaders outside the Academy in transforming America's health system by:
•          Enhancing the quality of health and nursing;
•          Promoting healthy aging and human development across the life continuum;
•          Reducing health disparities and inequalities;
•          Shaping healthy behaviors and environments;
•          Integrating mental and physical health; and
•          Strengthening the nursing and health delivery system, nationally, and internationally.
About the American Academy of Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing ( serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,400 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.
About GetWellNetwork
GetWellNetwork®, Inc. powers patient experience. Our solution, The Patient’s Platform, helps leading health care systems create connections with patients in any setting, deliver insights to clinicians in real time, and transform care through an evidence-based model for patient engagement. Our open technology integrates with electronic health record and IT applications to extend the value of existing investments and expand the possibilities of care. With more than 50 million patient interactions per year, we drive performance improvement, positive outcomes and patient loyalty. Learn more at
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