Cathy Duquette, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ, FNAHQ is executive vice president for nursing affairs for Lifespan. In this role, she is responsible for co-leading the system strategy for
quality, safety and patient experience with her physician colleague, the executive vice president for physician affairs, as well as leading the
organization’s efforts to implement Lean and Six Sigma across the health system. Since 2006, she has served as an appraiser for the Magnet Recognition
Program. Prior to assuming her current role, she held other positions within the Lifespan system, most recently the position of senior vice president and
chief quality officer of Rhode Island Hospital and before that, vice president of nursing and patient care services and chief nursing officer at Newport
Hospital. Prior to joining Lifespan in 2006, she held the position of senior vice president at the Hospital Association of Rhode Island. She has also
worked in hospital quality improvement and practiced clinical nursing in the critical care setting.
Duquette received bachelor of science and master of science degrees in nursing from the University of Rhode Island and a PhD in nursing from the University
of Massachusetts Amherst and Worcester. She holds certification as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality through the National Association for
Healthcare Quality and she is board certified as a Nursing Executive, Advanced through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Duquette is an active member of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) and was inducted as a NAHQ Fellow in 2013, a status of recognition
for NAHQ members who have made outstanding contributions to the health care quality profession. Since 2010, she has served on the editorial board of the Journal for Healthcare Quality. She is also a member of the American Nurses Association, most recently serving as president of the Rhode Island
State Nurses Association from 2009 to 2013. She authored the leadership and management module of Q Solutions: Essential Resources for the Healthcare Quality Professional, 3rd edition (2012) and has been published in professional
journals. She has also served on a number of state and national task forces involving leadership development, hospital performance measurement, quality
improvement, public reporting, and nursing workforce.