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Susan Sandbach Mellott ’73

Susan K. Sandbach Mellott ’73

Susan Mellott is recognized as a 2009 distinguished alumna for her leadership in health care quality, business, and nursing education.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from IUP in 1973. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978 and a doctorate in health education and wellness from Texas A&M University in 1987.

A fellow of the National Association for Heathcare Quality and a certified professional in healthcare quality, Dr. Mellott is CEO and founder of Mellott & Associates, a full-service health care consulting company located in Houston, Texas. The company’s primary focus is on performance improvement, cost reduction, case management, reorganization, and the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services survey preparation process.

Mellott & Associates developed and implemented the Specialty Performance Measurement System database of quality measures for long-term care hospitals to utilize to meet the Joint Commission ORYX requirements. The system is included on the Joint Commission’s list of acceptable systems for the ORYX initiative.

Dr. Mellott currently is an adjunct assistant professor at Texas Woman’s University’s Houston campus, where she teaches in the Master’s in Nursing Administration track. She is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, in which she completed twenty years of service as chief nurse, training officer, supervisor, and staff nurse. She served in Iraq during Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991 and received the Bronze Star.

Prior to establishing her consulting company, Dr. Mellott was manager of nursing, quality, and clinical performance at Sisters of Charity Healthcare System. She also served as director of nursing at Sharpstown General Hospital and was an associate professor and coordinator of the Women’s and Children’s Division of the undergraduate program at the University of Texas School of Nursing in Houston.

She coauthored the book Childhood Cancer: A Nursing Overview. She was an editor of the Sixth Edition Study Guide for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality designation, and she previously served as the editor of the Journal of Healthcare Quality, a publication of the National Association for Health Care Quality. She has published articles and is the author of several chapters in professional books. She speaks throughout the country regarding health care quality and other health care topics.

Dr. Mellott is a past president of the Texas Association for Healthcare Quality, and she has served on its board since 2002. She is a member of the Texas Gulf Coast Association for Healthcare Quality and of Sigma Tau Theta, of which she has served on numerous committees and in executive leadership roles. She is currently a director on the board of the American Association for Legal Nurse Consultants–Houston Chapter.

In addition to her professional pursuits, Dr. Mellot is an avid reader and loves to make quilts for herself and others. She also is involved in scrapbooking. Dr. Mellott has served on the Safety and First Aid committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for more than twenty years. The livestock show and rodeo provides college scholarships to high school students in each county in Texas.

Dr. Mellott resides in Houston with her husband, Scott, a retired firefighter. They have one daughter, Kimberly, a son-in-law, David Sprattley, and two grandchildren, Connor and Mia. Dr. Mellott is also mom to three dogs: Peter, Roxy, and Kirby. She attributes much of her success to God, family, and striving to help others.

Profile published on 3/8/10

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