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Mirella Minkman was born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, on February 15, 1975. In 1993, she graduated from secondary school (Atheneum) at Merlet College in Cuijk. From 1993 to 1997, she studied Nursing at the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen, where she graduated in 1997 with a Bachelors graduation paper about the role of nurses in the organization of care. In 1997, she started working as a nurse in the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center on the departments ophthalmology and neurosurgery/plastic surgery. She was project leader of a number of quality improvement projects on her department. At the same time (1997), she started to study Health Sciences, Health care Policy and Management at the Maastricht University. In the year 2000, she graduated with a Master’s dissertation on professional knowledge for Quality management systems.After her graduation in 2000, she started working at the Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement CBO in Utrecht as a junior consultant, till 2007 (senior consultant). During her time at CBO she worked on and lead multiple quality improvement projects in hospitals (Advanced access, process improvement), worked with medical specialists (INK-based auditing for radiologists, visitation) and lead collaborative Breakthrough Improvement projects (Emergency Departments, Acute and integrated stroke care) and integrated care projects (Stroke, National Dementia Program). She was the leader of the Innovation team for Integrated care and performed multiple presentations, publications and courses on integrated care and change management. She was (first) author of three books about quality improvement in healthcare and long term care and first author of the books ‘The best care for stroke patients’ (2005) and Sustaining continuous improvement. Successful improvement in long term care’(2011).Currently, she works at Vilans since 2007, the National Center for Excellence in long term care. She is the head of the program Quality and Innovation in Elderly Care and the coordinator of the Care for Better program. Since 2005, she started working on her Phd on Integrated Care. She is also (since 2005) member of the Supervisory Board of Zorgcentra de Betuwe (area of attention health care policy, quality of care and employment of the CEO), a foundation for care for the Elderly in the region Betuwe.
Integrated care; Integrated care development and implementation; Dementia and stroke care; change management ; Quality management;Large scale improvement; Integrated care management and leadership.
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