Maryanne Whitney

Maryanne is an Improvement Advisor with Cynosure Health. She is the lead for the subject areas of “Sepsis”, “Delirium”, “VAE” and “Airway Safety” and a national expert in the reliable implementation of patient safety and process improvement strategies. Maryanne joined Cynosure Health Solutions with over 25 years of hospital operations and nursing leadership expertise.  She has extensive experience in Critical Care, Patient Safety, Sepsis Mortality Reduction, Delirium and Rapid Response Team implementation. She has developed numerous patient safety and quality improvement toolkits, change packages and virtual educational series. She is a frequent speaker to hospitals and health systems as a subject matter expert.  


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS) – San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) CNS – San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA


  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • American Association of Critical Care Clinical Nurses
  • National Clinical Nurse Specialty Association
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer


  • AHA/ HRET HIIN Sepsis Podcast Series 2019 
  • AHA/ HRET HIIN Sepsis & VAE Discovery Tools 
  • ILHA & MAPS -VAE Best Practices Presentation 2020 
  • AHA/HRET HEN Partnership for Patients, Sepsis Change Package – author, released online in 2014 updated 2016 & 2018 
  • AHA/HRET HEN Partnership for Patients, Iatrogenic Delirium Change Package – author, released online in 2014 updated 2016 & 2018 
  • AHA/HRET HEN Partnership for Patients, Airway Safety Change Package – author, released online in 2014 updated 2016 & 2018 
  • AHA/HRET HEN Partnership for Patients Acute Renal Failure/ Acute Kidney Injury Change Package – author, released online in 2014 
  • UP Campaign Presentations- 2017, 2018, 2019 
  • Medical Surgical Conference SF- 2019 UP Campaign 
  • Illinois Hospital Association- 2017,2018 ADE, Sepsis, Ventilator Safety 
  • Alabama Hospital Association- 2019- Using Data to Decrease Mortality 
  • Tennessee Hospital Association-2018- Quality Improvement Workshop 
  • Georgia Hospital Association- 2017 & 2018 Up Campaign 
  • New Mexico Hospital Association- 2018- Sepsis 
  • Kansas Hospital Association-2018- Sepsis 
  • Arizona State Hospital Association-2013-Power of Engagement, 2017, 2018 
  • Kentucky State Hospital Association-2014- Sepsis & CDI & 2016 
  • WI Hospital Association 2014- Sepsis 
  • Partnership for Patients – Hospital Engagement Network Webinars and Boot Camps – 2014- & 2016 Sepsis, Iatrogenic Delirium, Airway Safety, VAE & Acute Renal Failure 
  • Puerto Rico Hospital Association 2016- Failure to Rescue & Airway Safety 
  • Puerto Rico Hospital Association 2017 & 2018 – Nursing Quality, Readmissions, HRO 
  • Oklahoma Hospital Association- 2016- Sepsis, VAE, & UP Campaign 
  • IHI Scientific Symposium- Contextual Factors for Bundle Implementation 


  • CV Surgery Patient Care Coordinator – Kaiser Santa Clara 
  • Life Care Planning Facilitator 
  • Adjunct Nursing Faculty – College of San Mateo
  • Hospital Supervisor – El Camino Hospital, LG 
  • ICU/SDU Nurse Manager – Kaiser Foundation Hospital 
  • Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist – Kaiser Foundation Hospital
  • Critical Care Nursing Educator – Kaiser Foundation Hospital