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Alice Bonner – new Director of DHCQ (replacing Paul Dreyer)

Paul Dreyer retired last summer as director of DPH’s Division of Healthcare Quality (DHCQ)—the DPH agency to complain to over quality/safety problems in hospitals. For a while Jean Pontikas who heads the Division of Professional Licensure (MA BORN) doubled as acting head of DHCQ.

Alice Bonner has been named the permanent director of DHCQ. She was formerly Executive Director of the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation. Alice is an R.N. PhD who was Clinical Director of Long Term Care and Geriatrics at the Fallon Clinic in Worcester from 1997-2005. She is an Asst Professor of Nursing at UMass Worcester. She co-chaired the MA Statewide Falls Prevention Coalition and the Massachusetts Care Transitions Forum. 

Her contact info:
Health Care Safety and Quality
99 Chauncy Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
Tel. (617) 753-8000
Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, Director, Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality

DPH names new head of safety and quality agency
Posted by Elizabeth Cooney September 29, 2009 01:10 PM
A specialist in health-care quality for a nursing home association will lead a state agency that oversees hospitals, nursing homes, and health professionals.

Alice Bonner has been named director of the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, which regulates and inspects hospitals and nursing homes, investigates medical errors, and licenses medical professionals, DPH confirmed..

She will succeed Paul Dreyer, who retired last month after 33 years in public health.

Bonner, who worked as a geriatric nurse practitioner in nursing homes for 20 years, has been executive director of the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation, the research arm of the state’s nursing home trade group. She will step into her new role Oct. 13.