• Pat Merryweather-Arges, M.A.

    PPC Executive Staff

    Pat Merryweather-Arges serves as Executive Director of Project Patient Care (PPC) where she is a co-leader of all PPC initiatives, including its work in federal healthcare transformation, advocating authentic patient and family engagement across all healthcare settings, and PPC organizational development activities.
     
    Prior to joining PPC, Pat served as the Executive Director of the Illinois, Iowa, and Colorado Medicare Quality Improvement Organization programs for Telligen from 2011 to November, 2016. She implemented measurable quality care improvement initiatives of the federal government and developed collaborative learning and action networks aimed at improving individual and resident patient care; integrated care delivery systems; and prevention of disease and disease advancement. She partnered with hospitals, nursing homes, home health, physician practices, and patients and families along with their trade associations, professional organizations, and government and non-governmental organizations. As the Senior Vice President with the Illinois Hospital Association for 26 years, Pat was the healthcare information and health care quality and policy liaison with local, state, and national public and private organizations. Pat also had the responsibility for development and all management aspects of COMPdata (on-line comparative information network) and performance measurement development and services in Illinois and five other states. Pat also developed and managed the on-line consumer resource, Illinois Hospitals Caring for You web site. Pat developed and implemented the Quality Care Institute (QCI) that was built on existing hospital and IHA quality and safety initiatives and designed to promote innovative programs for measurably improving the quality of patient care.
     
    Her volunteer commitments include extensive work with Rotary International, where she serves in various leadership roles and has been directly involved in community and provider assessments, strategic planning, and project implementation. Her Rotary volunteer work is done locally and globally as she has worked on health care; solar energy; peace building; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and women enterprise projects in Chicago, Jordan, India, China, Dominican Republic, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Panama, Mexico, Haiti, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Slovakia, and American Samoa. Pat serves on several health care and community boards locally, nationally, and internationally and is a frequent presenter at local, national, and international meetings.