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Children's National Hospital leader inducted into the 2020 class of American Academy of Nursing fellows

November 09, 2020
Mary Anne Hillard
Each year the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) recognizes nurse leaders from all over the world for their outstanding contributions to nursing and health care. This year the AAN has selected Mary Anne Hilliard, Esq., R.N., CPHRM, executive vice president and general counsel at Children's National Hospital, to join the class of 2020 Academy fellows. Hilliard joins more than 2,900 fellows at the Academy, including seven other nurse leaders from Children's National who previously were given this prestigious fellowship.  

At Children's National, Hilliard oversees legal services, risk management, compliance, internal audit, insurance, workers' compensation and captive management, but began her career here as a registered nurse. With a combined nursing and legal background, Hilliard strives to advance health care safety and has led many local and national grant-funded initiatives to share risk data and study pediatric outcomes to reduce serious adverse events.

"At Children's National, nurses partner in the decision-making, implementation and evaluation of the art and science of patient care. This accomplishment exemplifies Mary Anne’s outstanding work as a health care leader and her dedication to excellence on a national level," says Kathleen Gorman M.S.N., R.N., FAAN, executive vice president for Patient Care Services and chief operating officer at Children's National. "We are so proud to see her being honored for her passion and tireless commitment to advocate for children."

Hilliard joins exceptional nurse leaders around the globe who are transforming health care.

The AAN held a virtual induction ceremony for the new class of fellows on Oct. 31 at the 2020 Virtual Policy Conference - In Crisis and Calm: Leading with Purpose.


Media contact: Beth Riggs | 301-233-4038

About Children’s National Hospital

Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, D.C., celebrates 150 years of pediatric care, research and commitment to community. Volunteers opened the hospital in 1870 with 12 beds for children displaced after the Civil War. Today, 150 years stronger, it is among the nation's top 10 children's hospitals. It is ranked No. 1 for newborn care for the fourth straight year and ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National is transforming pediatric medicine for all children. In 2020, construction will be complete on the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus, the first in the nation dedicated to pediatric research. Children's National has been designated twice as a Magnet® hospital, demonstrating the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C., metropolitan area, including the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs. Children’s National is home to the Children’s National Research Institute and Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and is the nation’s seventh-highest NIH-funded children’s hospital. It is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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