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June 20, 2007

Healthcare Technical Assistance Program appoints associate director

Mary Ann Sloan
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A Purdue University graduate with administrative experience in nursing, managed care and the military has been named associate director of the university's Technical Assistance Program, focusing on performance improvement in health care.

Mary Anne Sloan, who received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Purdue, will be the first associate director of the Healthcare Technical Assistance Program.

Sloan, whose first day in the new position was June 11, will work directly with faculty and researchers within Discovery Park's Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering. Her office is in the Gerald D. and Edna E. Mann Hall, which Purdue officially opened on May 15.

She will develop, oversee and evaluate performance-improvement contracts and partnerships that Purdue reaches with health-care providers. Sloan also will look to expand the program into additional segments of the industry, working with the Regenstrief Center and its strategic partners.

Sloan has served in several administrative positions for United Healthcare and Arnett Health Plans in Lafayette. She began her nursing career with the U.S. Navy and worked in a variety of health-care settings including critical care, ambulatory and managed care. She received a master's of business administration from the University of Phoenix.

The Healthcare Technical Assistance Program was launched in May 2005 as a partnership with the Indiana Hospital&Health Association and the Regenstrief Center. In 2005-06 interdisciplinary teams from Purdue's College of Engineering and School of Nursing worked with 15 Indiana hospitals on patient care, safety and productivity projects. Researchers also performed a gap analysis of pandemic influenza plans for each of Indiana's 94 health departments.

Writer: Phillip Fiorini, (765) 496-3133,

Sources:   Mary Anne Sloan, (765) 430-0600,

David McKinnis, director, Technical Assistance Program, (765) 494-6258,

Steve Witz, director, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, (765) 496-8303,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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