Meet Susan Wedel, Risk Healthcare clinical audit manager and registered nurse

Crowe Recruiting
| 8/4/2017
Susan Wedel
Susan Wedel (Offsite) joined CHAN Healthcare in 2011 and today is part of the Clinical Risk team within the Risk Consulting Healthcare practice. She’s the clinical audit manager working on site in the Denver offices of our client Catholic Health Initiatives. Susan looks at clinical processes and tests them against industry standards, which often directly affects patient outcomes, quality of care and safety. Susan also has been a registered nurse for 36 years.

Q: How does your nursing background bring value to your role as clinical audit manager?
A: After the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2010, the Clinical Risk Team was started to help clients validate the quality and safety of clinical processes at the patient level. I was the first of three registered nurses hired in 2011 to serve as client-based clinical auditors and I decided to take the position because it provided me with additional opportunities to impact patient care at a higher level. My clinical nursing experience allows me to observe clinical bedside processes and test them against regulatory standards and best practices. I am able to “speak the language” of the bedside nurses to obtain appropriate information during interviews and inquiries.

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: I lived overseas for two years working as a nurse for the Department of Defense. My husband had received an assignment to teach overseas and I found a nursing position at the Department of Defense school where he was teaching. It provided us the opportunity to live in Europe and experience the culture, as well as to travel throughout Europe, Russia and Egypt on our time off.

Q: You’ve also been involved in mission work in Nicaragua. How did you use your skills and experience through volunteering there?
A: In June 2015, I participated in a medical mission trip with an organization called Corner of Love. Through clinics, service, water improvement projects and church development, the mission provides a major source of help for people living on less than $1per day in the remote villages of the Matagalpa Region of Nicaragua. I provided health care assessments and treatments to families in need. Since that time, I regularly hold local fundraising efforts to help other teams travel and provide medicines for these families.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of Crowe?
A: I enjoy hiking, biking and swimming, as well as walking my dogs -- anything that allows me to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Colorado. I also enjoy spending time with family.

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