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Shirley J. Knelly
Vice President Quality and Patient Safety
President of Pathways Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program
Corporate Compliance Officer

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Shirley J. Knelly is the Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety, President of Pathways Alcohol & Drug Rehabilitation 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 and abuse treatment services.

Prior to her current position as President of Pathways, Shirley was the Executive Director of Pathways from 2000-03 and Clinical Director, Pathways from 1996-2000, both at AAMC. Prior to coming to Maryland, Shirley was the Vice President for Serento Gardens Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. She has been a part-time faculty member at Penn State University, PA, Lackawanna Junior College, PA and Anne Arundel Community College where she taught courses in Addictions.

Shirley received a bachelor's degree in Health Education from East Stroudsburg State College, East Stroudsburg PA, a master's of science degree in Counselor Education from the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA and a graduate certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance from George Washington University, 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.

She received the YWCA's TWIN 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.

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