Patricia D. Suplee PhD, RNC-OB is the Director of Professional Education and Research at the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium and Associate Professor at Rutgers University.
As a seasoned researcher, scholar, and educator, Dr. Suplee’s career has focused on improving women’s health. Currently, her research focuses on improving maternal morbidity and mortality outcomes, translating evidence into clinical practice. Her collaborative work as CO-PI on AWHONN’s Empowering Women to Obtain Needed Care project led to the development of Post-Birth educational tools that have received national attention. These tools have been incorporated into postpartum discharge teaching throughout the US and have been cited as an exemplar by HRSA, CDC, and the Joint Commission. Due to her expertise, Dr. Suplee was appointed to an interdisciplinary national committee that developed two AIMS Patient Safety Bundles currently used as best practice models for postpartum care. She also was an appointed advisor to the HHS Office of Minority Health, Think Cultural Health team that developed an e-learning program for health care providers about culturally and linguistically appropriate services in maternal health care. In her home state of NJ, she is a member of the Maternal Mortality Review team that analyzes cases, identifies gaps in care, and makes recommendations to decrease maternal mortality rates. She publishes and presents nationally, holds membership in several professional organizations, and has mentored numerous faculty colleagues, clinicians, and students over the last three decades.
Dr. Suplee received her BSN from Indiana University, and her MSN and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.