Lena Browning is a nurse leader and accreditation specialist with more than twenty-five years of experience in clinical leadership in acute care settings. Throughout her career, she has demonstrated a commitment to improving patient safety by empowering staff and leadership to maintain continuous compliance and achieve excellence in patient care across healthcare settings. As a Principal Consultant with Compass Clinical Consulting, Lena served as team lead for the accreditation and regulatory compliance survey team. Lena has a strong commitment to client relationships and provides support to retainer clients to ensure patient safety and quality of care. Most recently, Lena has fulfilled 3 Interim positions as Director of Accreditation and was responsible for restructuring accreditation departments and leading organizations in continuous compliance and preparation for survey readiness for their triennial Joint Commission (TJC) or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) survey. Since then, those three organizations have had successful surveys with no condition-level findings. Additionally, Lena has successfully coached numerous organizations through Immediate Jeopardy situations with all organizations getting the IJ lifted, and no condition level findings noted on return surveys. She is a true pioneer in leadership development and coaching for excellence in healthcare accreditation.
Prior to consulting, Lena had over 2 decades of experience in Accreditation and Regulatory leadership. As an expert for CMS, TJC, and state regulations, she has performed system-wide tracers for continuous readiness and patient safety, coordinated accreditation and regulatory surveys, chaired, and facilitated continuous readiness committees, and coached staff and leadership in effective compliance and performance improvement strategies. Additionally, Lena has extensive experience in Quality and Patient Safety, Performance Improvement, Medical Staff Credentialing and Privileging, Contract Management, and Strategic Planning for Hospitals and Home Care Agencies.