Betsy Lee


  • Master of Sciene in Public Health (MSPH) Specialty in Health Policy and Adminsitration – University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health – Health Policy and Administration, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) – Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, NC


  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer (2008)
  • Patient Safety Improvement Corps, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Veteran’s Health Admininstration (2007-2008)

Recent Speaking Engagements:

  • “Transforming Care at the Bedside” – statewide launch. Betsy Lee and Mary Viney. Florida Hospital Association Hospital. Orlando. November 2015.
  • “Deep Dive into Recruitment and Optimization.” Hilary Jalon, Sarah Stout, Betsy Lee and Ken Alexander. Healthcare Learning Collaboratives: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities. Baltimore. November 2015.
  • “Transforming Care at the Bedside: Nursing Leaders Design Session.” Florida Hospital Association. October 2015.
  • “Engaging Front Line Staff in Innovations and Quality Improvement.” Betsy Lee and Stephanie Sobczak. Wisconsin Hospital Association Transforming Care at the Bedside cohort 4 launch. Wisconsin Dells. October 2015.
  • “Enhancing Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (IPCP) in Community and Rural Primary Care Centers.” Betsy Lee, Julie LaMothe, Chad Priest, Susan Hendricks, Jennifer Taylor, Judith Halstead, Lindsey Lazo, Lauren Wright. Indiana Nursing Summit Poster Session. Indianapolis. October 2015.
  • “Enhancing Interprofessional Communication: Changing the Conversation in Primary Care.” HealthLincs Leadership Institute. Michigan City, IN. June 2015.
  • “Transforming Care at the Bedside: Framework for Spread and Innovation. Nursing Leader Design Day. Wisconsin Hospital Association, Wisconsin Dells. March 2015.
  • “Transforming Care at the Bedside: Past, Present and Future.” Cohort 3 TCAB Midpoint meeting, Wisconsin Hospital Association. Wisconsin Dells. March 2015.
  • “Advancing Patient Safety: Make it Personal.” Betsy Lee. Iowa Hospital Association Annual Meeting. Des Moines. October 2014.
  • “Leadership for Patient Safety.” East Carolina University REACH (Redesigning Education to Accelerate Change in Healthcare) Teachers of Quality Academy – two-day workshop. Greenville, NC. August 2014.

Committees (Past/Present):

  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Institutional Review Committee – public member (current)
  • Duke University School of Nursing Alumni Council (current)
  • Indiana Action Coalition Steering Committee, Patient Safety Subcommittee co-chair (current)
  • Nurse-Family Partnership of Indiana Community Advisory Board (current)
  • Indiana Center for Nursing Board of Directors (2011-2014), Executive Committee (2011-2012)
  • Central Indiana Alliance for Health Leadership Team, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces for Quality (2010-2012)
  • Indiana Healthcare Acquired Infections Initiative, Indiana State Dept. of Health Steering Committee (2009-2011)
  • Indiana Pressure Ulcer Initiative, Indiana State Dept. of Health Steering Committee (2008-2010)
  • Indiana Nursing Workforce Development Coalition Board of Directors (2007-2011)

Recent Publications/Reviews:

  • Lee, E, Alexander, K. “Recruiting Participants, Strengthening Commitment.” All In: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care. Edited by: B. Spurlock and P. Teske. In press, 2015.
  • Upenieks, V., Lee, E., Flanagan, M. & Doebbeling, B. “Healthcare Team Vitality Instrument (HTVI): developing a tool assessing healthcare team functioning.” Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2010 Jan:66(1):168-76.
  • Lee B, Peck C, Rutherford P, Shannon D. “Transforming Care at the Bedside How-to Guide: Developing Front-Line Nursing Managers to Lead Innovation and Improvement.” Cambridge, MA: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2008. Available at
  • Lee B, Shannon D, Rutherford P, Peck C. “Transforming Care at the Bedside How-to Guide: Optimizing Communication and Teamwork.” Cambridge, MA: Institute for Healtcare Improvement; 2008. Available at
  • Bogdewic S., Zollinger T, Baxley E, Lee E. “The Health Care System.” The Behavioral Sciences and Health Care (2nd edition). Edited by: Sahler OJZ, Carr JE. Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe & Huber.
  • Rutherford, P., Lee, B., Greiner, A. “Transforming Care at the Bedside. Innovation Series White Paper (5)”. Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 2004. Available at
  • Lee, B. “Achieving excellence in workforce development.” HR Pulse (Fall 2002):28-30.
  • Lee, E. “Evaluating high-risk specialty areas.” Essentials of Hospital Risk Management, Edited by B.J. Youngberg. (MD: Aspen Publishers, 1990).
  • Lee, E. “Risk identification strategies in hospitals.” Essentials of Hospital Risk Management. Edited by: B.J. Youngberg. (MD:Aspen Publishers, 1990).
  • Freund, D., et al. “The Kansas City Asthma Care Project: specialty differences in the cost of treating asthma.” Annals of Allergy 60 (January 1988): 3-7.

Past Work:

  • Indiana University School of Nursing – Consultant, Health Services Research Administration – Nurse Education, Practice, Research and Quality grant (current)
  • Indiana Hospital Association, Indianapolis, IN – Director, Indiana Patient Safety Center
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, MA – Director, Transforming Care at the Bedside and Achieving Workforce Excellence initiatives
  • American Health Network, Indianapolis,IN – Director, Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management
  • Methodist Hosptial of Indiana (now Indiana University Health), Indianapolis, IN – Director, Quality Management