Rita is a healthcare executive and clinician with over 40 years of experience working in academic medical centers, community health systems, children’s hospitals and physician groups to transform their clinical operations and financial performance.
Rita is an experienced healthcare leader, adviser and professional nurse who has worked across a variety of care settings. She brings a depth of expertise in clinical operations and financial management to her work helping organizations increase efficiency, achieve cost savings and deliver a more satisfying patient and staff experience.
During her tenure at Huron, Rita has:
- Performed numerous labor optimization assessments and implementations at hospitals and health systems throughout the U.S., delivering substantial achievable and sustainable financial benefit.
- Led workforce and clinical engagements for large academic medical centers in California, achieving inpatient workflow redesign, implementing new staffing strategies and generating total project savings of over $30 million in each organization.
- Created daily staffing management tools and used demand strategies to improve operational decision making in nursing, case management, respiratory care, rehab therapies and imaging, resulting in improvements in capacity and throughput as well as conservation of workforce resources.
Rita’s previous experience includes serving as the chief operating officer of a 300-physician multispecialty practice group, where she surpassed their financial turnaround goal by over $3 million. She has held chief nursing officer roles in two health systems, where she assisted with preparation for mergers and expansions. She also worked for a Magnet-designated health system, where she supported the launch of shared governance and implementation of a care redesign initiative in Texas.
She is a member of several industry organizations, including the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and the American Nurses Association (ANA).