Lucy A. Savitz, PhD, MBA

Director, Center for Health Research,
Northwest & Hawaii

Vice President, Health Research,
Kaiser Permanente Northwest

Biography

Lucy Savitz, PhD, MBA is a health services researcher with extensive experience translating scientific findings into clinical practice. As director of the Center for Health Research, she oversees the work of about 35 investigators and 255 staff members at CHR’s offices in Portland, Oregon, and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2017, Dr. Savitz served as assistant vice president for delivery system science in the Intermountain Healthcare Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research, where she was responsible for facilitating mission-critical health services research and enhancing the scientific stature of clinical investigators. She was also a research professor in epidemiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine as well as adjunct associate professor of nursing, pediatrics, and family & preventive medicine there.

While at Intermountain, Dr. Savitz was an elected member of the Board of Directors for the High Value Health Care Collaborative and oversaw the Discovery and Dissemination Board Subcommittee—a group of 14 leading delivery systems across the U.S. committed to driving transformational change in quality and payment reform. She has worked as an economist for the Colorado State Legislature, a financial planner at UNC Health Care, a researcher in the Rural Health Program at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, a senior health services researcher at RTI in the Health Care Quality and Outcomes Program, and a senior associate at Abt Associates, Inc.

Nationally, Dr. Savitz serves on the Methods Council, Delivery System Science Fellowship Program Committee, and chairs the Committee for Advocacy in Public Policy at Academy Health. In 2018, she was elected to a two-year term (2019–21) as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Health Care Systems Research Network. She is an editor for eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes) and Pediatric Quality & Safety. She is an invited member of the Center for Medicare and Medicare Services Executive Leadership Council, the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Policy Council of AARP. She continues to serve as faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Dr. Savitz has been acknowledged as an examiner for the 2001 and 2002 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program, administered by the National Institute for Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce and the American Society for Quality.

Dr. Savitz earned her PhD in health policy and administration with a minor in medical geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her MBA and bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Denver.

Selected Publications

 
  • Reiss-Brennan, B, KD Brunisholz, C Dredge, P Briot, K Grazier, A Wilcox, L Savitz, B James. Association of Integrated Team-Based Care with Healthcare Quality, Utilization, and Cost. JAMA, 316(8):826-834, 2016
  • Knighton, AJ, LA Savitz, T Belnap, B Stephonson. Introduction of an Area Deprivation Index Measuring Patient Socio-economic Status in an Integrated Health System: Implications for Population Health. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes): Vol. 4: Iss. 3, Article 9.DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.13063/2327-9214.1238 available at: http://repository.edm-forum.org/egems/vol4/iss3/9.
  • Fisher, ES, SM Shortell, LA Savitz. Implementation Science, A Potential Catalyst for Delivery System Reform. JAMA, 315(4):339-340, 2016.
  • Savitz, LA, K Luther. Patient-Reported Measures:  Data Critical to the Value Equation. Healthcare Executive, Jan/Feb: 74-77, 2015.
  • Savitz, LA, SL Moore, W Biffl, C Price, H Gilmartin. A Participatory Research Approach to Reducing Surgical Site Infections (SSIs):  Development of an Automated SSI Surveillance Tool. Battles, JB, Cleeman, JI, Kahn KK, and Weinberg DA (Editors), Advances in the Prevention and Control of Health Care-Associated Infections, Rockville, MD:  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US), available at https://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patient-safety-resources/resources/advances-in-hai/hai-article17.html  AHRQ Publication No. 14-0003, June, 2014.
  • Bayley, KB, T Belnap, LA Savitz, A Masica, N Shah, NS Fleming. Challenges in Using Electronic Health Record Data for CER: Experience of Four Learning Organizations and Solutions Applied. EDM Forum commissioned paper; Medical Care, 51(Suppl 3):S80-6, 2013.
  • James, B, LA Savitz. How Intermountain Trimmed Health Care Costs Through Robust Quality Improvement Efforts. Health Affairs, 30(6):1185-91, 2011.
  • Welch, S, LA Savitz. Exploring Strategies to Improve Emergency Department Intake. Journal of Emergency Medicine, 26 May, 2011.
  • Savitz, LA. Managing Effective Participatory Research Partnerships. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety, 33(12):7-15, Supplement, 2007.
  • Savitz, LA, and A.D. Kaluzny. Assessing the Implementation of Clinical Process Innovations:  A Cross Case Comparison. Journal of Healthcare Management, 45(6):366-379, 2000.

Press Release

One Year In, CHR Director Lucy Savitz Is Focused on the Future

In May 2017, for only the third time in its 53-year history, the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (CHR) welcomed a new director. In the year since, Lucy A. Savitz, PhD, MBA, has both familiarized herself with CHR’s long history and set a course for the future with a new three-year strategic plan.

July 24, 2018

Press Release

A Perilous 2020 U.S. Census: Why the Count Counts

Proposed changes to the collection of census data may have troubling implications, argues CHR Director Lucy Savitz in a blog for the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy.

June 21, 2018

Press Release

Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research Welcomes 30-Year Research Veteran Lucy Savitz as New Director

Lucy Savitz, PhD, MBA, a health services researcher with decades of experience translating scientific findings into clinical practice, will join the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research as its new director in May. Savitz will replace Mary Durham, PhD, who retired in November.

Feb. 3, 2017