AKRON, Ohio -  Kristene Grayem, MSN, CNS, PPCNP-BC, RN-BC, has been named to the newly-created position of vice president of population health management at Akron Children’s Hospital.

Grayem, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, has worked at Akron Children’s for 29 years in a number of administrative roles, most recently as director of ambulatory clinical systems, nursing and quality in the Department of Pediatrics.

In 2016, Akron Children’s developed a road map to charter the organization’s path toward population health, defined as “the advancement of health of defined populations through a continuum of care that addresses the medical and social determinants of health.”  

In her new position, Grayem will work with a population health physician leader to develop and implement the hospital’s population strategy and develop and manage new care models, including pilot and demonstration programs with government agencies, such as the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as commercial insurance companies.

Grayem has been involved in developing the framework and structures to advance care coordination and transition management at the national level. She is a board member of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing, has served as a task force member for the development of care coordination and transition management competencies, and has authored two books on related topics.

“Kristene’s knowledge of care coordination and transition management, as well as her experience of having held multiple clinical and leadership positions across the care continuum have prepared her well to lead Akron Children’s toward its population health vision,” said Lisa Aurilio, chief nursing officer.

Grayem, who will begin her new position on May 28, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Akron.

“With 27 primary care offices, school and home health programs, the full spectrum of pediatric specialists and strong social work and injury prevention programs, Akron Children’s is well positioned to be a leader in the transformation to population health – focusing on wellness, child safety and keeping children healthy and out of the hospital,” said Rob McGregor, chief medical officer. “Our recent work in reducing emergency room visits and hospitalizations for our asthma patients is one example of our success in population health management.”

Grayem resides in Bath Township with her husband, Don, and children, Hannah and Matthew.