Cotton named SVP of quality, safety at RWJBH

Amy Cotton has been named senior vice president, quality and safety, for RWJBarnabas Health.

In this role, Cotton will be responsible for the oversight of the quality and safety programs for RWJBarnabas Health, including development, strategy and execution of patient safety and quality initiatives that support the mission and vision of RWJBarnabas Health.

Cotton also will serve as a key member of the Safety Together team, the system’s high-reliability organization initiative, with the goal of securing and sustaining top-tier clinical outcomes and delivering the highest quality care and safest experience for the system’s patients and workforce.

She will report to Dr. Andy Anderson, the system’s chief medical and quality officer.

Anderson said Cotton is a great addition.

“Amy has extensive experience and knowledge of quality improvement strategies, and her background makes her exceptionally poised to advance our quality performance for the health and safety of all patients, which remains our number one priority,” he said.

Cotton has a proven track record of success, most recently serving as SVP, quality and safety at Allegheny Health Network, a 14-hospital system based out of Pittsburgh. While at Allegheny Health Network, Cotton was responsible for strategy and execution of highly reliable performance and operational support in clinical quality, patient safety, regulatory/accreditation standards, infection prevention and clinical data/analytics.

Cotton graduated from University of Southern Maine with a Master of Nursing and received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

She is a LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt, currently serves on the American Academy of Nursing Acute Care Quality Expert Panel and has previously served on boards for a number of medical institutions and associations.