Denise M. Murphy, RN, MPH, CIC

Main Line Health System
130 S Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr PAUSA
Email: MurphyD@MLHS.ORG

Biographical Sketch:
Denise Murphy is Vice-President for Quality at Main Line Health System in Suburban Philadelphia. There she has system-wide responsibilities for: Patient Safety and Risk Management, Clinical Performance Improvement, Infection Prevention and Control, Medical Staff Services (Peer Review and Credentialing), Regulatory Compliance, Bioethics and Performance Measurement. Prior to returning to Pennsylvania, Denise was Vice President and Chief Safety and Quality Officer at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. She spent 7 years as Director of Healthcare Epidemiology and Patient Safety for BJC HealthCare, a 13 hospital system and parent corporation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Denise went to nursing school in Philadelphia, received her BSN in Portland, Maine and a Master of Public Health degree from St. Louis University, School of Public Health. She graduated from the first AHA/National Patient Safety Foundation sponsored Leadership Fellowship training program in August, 2003. Denise’s early nursing experience was in pediatric ICUs, surgical nursing and nursing management. She entered the field of Infection Prevention and Control in 1981 and has been an epidemiologist in hospitals ranging from 100 – 1200 beds, in rural and urban settings. Her presentations and publications focus on prevention of surgical site and bloodstream infections and ventilator –associated pneumonia, on establishing or re-designing infection prevention and patient safety services, and the business of infection control, patient safety and performance improvement. Denise is an active member of APIC, SHEA, and ASHRM. Denise is 2007 Past President of APIC and remains active in futures planning, leadership development and global business strategy. She is also a member of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Hospital Infection Control Practice Advisory Committee (HICPAC) and SHEA’s Patient Safety Committee. Currently, she is authoring the Patient Safety Chapter for ASHRM’s Risk Management Handbook for Healthcare Organizations (Sixth Edition).