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Stratis Health Announces New Board Members – Patti Cullen and Laurie Drill-Mellum

Published Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Patti Cullen and Laurie C. Drill-Mellum were elected to the board of directors of Stratis Health, a Bloomington-based nonprofit organization that leads collaboration and innovation in health care quality and safety, and serves as a trusted expert in facilitating improvement for people and communities.

Patti CullenMs. Cullen is president/CEO, Care Providers of Minnesota, a nonprofit membership association for organizations providing services along the full spectrum of post-acute care and long-term services and support. Quality is a key initiative for Care Providers. She has been a certified association executive since 2006. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in mass communication and political science. Ms. Cullen serves on a variety of state-based community boards in the health care and social services professions; and is active on committees for Care Providers’ national organization, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living.

Laurie Drill-MellumDr. Drill-Mellum is chief medical officer at both MMIC, the largest policyholder-owned medical professional liability insurance company in the Midwest, and Constellation, a partnership of mutual liability insurers and health services organizations. As a practicing physician, she serves people who receive care through the Ridgeview Medical Center Hospice program. Drill-Mellum has a master’s degree in public health and more than 25 years as an emergency medicine physician. She works cross-functionally, leveraging her experience in clinical, allopathic and integrative, medicine, and risk and patient safety. Dr. Drill-Mellum speaks nationally and internationally on topics in health care that can affect patient safety, including clinician burnout and resilience, team communication and diagnostic error.

“The Stratis Health team has long working relationships with both Patti and Laurie,” said Jennifer Lundblad, PhD, MBA, president and CEO, Stratis Health. “Patti has positioned Care Providers as a key stakeholder in all of Stratis Health’s long-term care quality initiatives. She is a strong proponent of advancing quality of care and is especially interested in improving coordination across the care continuum.”

“MMIC has collaborated with Stratis Health and the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety in community dialogue addressing misdiagnosis in medicine in Minnesota,” Lundblad noted. “We value Laurie’s deep perspective as a physician who understands patient safety and actively collaborates with industry colleagues to support health care clinicians to best care for their patients.”

Cullen and Drill-Mellum are both board members for the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS), a subsidiary of Stratis Heath. Their three-year terms of service run January 2018 through December 2020. The Stratis Health Board of Directors has 16 members, and includes diverse representation of physician and nurse leadership, health system and health plan leadership, business sector expertise, academic and research representation, and consumer perspectives.