Walla Walla Alumna to Serve as New Senior Vice President at Loma Linda University

Judith Lloyd Storfjell to Oversee Patient Care Services

By: Dustin Jones, Associate Directer of Public Relations at LLU

Judith Lloyd Storfjell, Courtesy of LLU

Judith Lloyd Storfjell, PhD, recently joined Loma Linda University Medical Center as senior vice president for patient care services. Dr. Storfjell will serve as chief nursing officer, and associate dean of practice and research at LLU School of Nursing. The Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center Board of Trustees named Dr. Storfjell to these positions at its May 22 meeting.

Dr. Storfjell brings to the positions extensive experience in education, research, health careadministration, consulting, publishing, lecturing, and health care consulting.

“This is an exciting time for health care,” says Dr. Storfjell. “My time serving on the LLU Boards helped me realize how uniquely qualified Loma Linda University Health is to become a national leader in health care integration and quality with a dynamic focus on health and wellness. I am privileged to be a part of this journey.”

She previously served as professor; associate dean for practice, partnerships, and policy; and executive director of the Institute for Healthcare Innovation at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. She was responsible for the entrepreneurial and clinical practice initiatives of the college, as well as instructing graduate classes on health care financial and strategic management.

In terms of research, Dr. Storfjell has been funded to study: nurse retention; models of nurse-managed primary care for underserved individuals, physically disabled women, and persons with severe mental illness; care management and population health; and costs associated with acute care nursing units and home care interventions.

Dr. Storfjell also brings extensive experience in health care management and administration to her new positions. She is founder and past president of a diversified home health care company that operates in several states and is affiliated with a multi-institutional health care system. As president, she had overall responsibility for the development, management, and viability of certified home health and hospice programs, as well as private duty services.

For more than 20 years she has consulted on health care projects throughout the United States and abroad with specific emphasis on the organization and management of health care entities, strategy development and implementation, and positioning organizations for longterm viability. Her expertise extends to the integration of financial and operational strategies, activity-based costing, and the balanced scorecard concept in health care settings.

Dr. Storfjell has consulted on several Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects, including the Community Nursing Organization project (to study capitation in home care); the home care prospective payment and case mix development projects;
and the Maine Public Health Emergency Preparedness programs.

Dr. Storfjell has lectured and published extensively on productivity, health care costs, and care management. She is co-author of the Community Health Accreditation Program’s standards for home care and community health organizations as well as co-author of the Easley-Storfjell Instruments for Caseload/Workload Analysis including a well-used patient complexity classification system.

She received a PhD in nursing from the University of Michigan with emphasis in health care administration, research, economics, and gerontology; an MS in community health nursing administration from the University of Michigan; and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Walla Walla University in 1966.

Dr. Storfjell has served as Board member for several LLUAHSC Boards since 2008. In addition, she served on the boards of two other health systems, a university, and an international NGO. She is a member of the professional advisory board of United Healthcare and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

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