Shirley J. Knelly is the vice president for Quality and Patient Safety, president of Pathways, AAMC's substance use and mental health treatment center, the patient safety officer and the corporate compliance officer. In these roles, she has responsibility for all quality and patient safety initiatives, regulatory compliance, corporate compliance, infection control, patient advocacy, patient satisfaction, behavioral health, risk management, policy and procedure facilitation throughout the organization. She also oversees the Pathways strategic planning and oversight for substance use treatment services.
Prior to her current position as president of Pathways, Shirley was clinical director from 1996 to 2000 and executive director of Pathways from 2000 to 2003. Prior to coming to Maryland, Shirley was the vice president for Serento Gardens Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program in Hazleton, Pa. She has been a part-time faculty member at Penn State University, Lackawanna Junior College in Pa. and Anne Arundel Community College.
Shirley received a bachelor's degree in health education from East Stroudsburg State College, East Stroudsburg Pa., a master's in counselor education from the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa., and a graduate certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is licensed by the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. She is a graduate of Leadership Hazleton, Pa., a member of the Maryland Association for Healthcare Quality, Maryland Society of Healthcare Risk Managers, the National Association for Healthcare Quality, the Maryland Patient Safety Committee, and the United Way of Central Maryland Project Lift.
Shirley received the YWCA's Tribute to Women in Industry Award, the Daily Record's Health Care Professional Hero Award and the Outstanding Business and Professional Woman of the Year Award and P.E.A.R.L. (Professional, Excellence, Achievement, Role Model/Responsibility, and Leadership) Award Recipient.« Back to Executive Biographies