Mary Bittner, DNP, MPA, RN, CENP
VP of Clinical Development
Dr. Mary Bittner received her Doctor of Nursing Practice, Healthcare Executive Leadership degree from the University of San Francisco in 2012. Her earlier graduate studies in Public Administration were completed at the same university in 1989. In 1987, Mary received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the California State University in Fullerton, CA to complement her primary nursing degree achieved in 1972.
Mary joined the Caravan Health team to be part of the solution to effect change in how we deliver care to patients as our healthcare system transitions from a volume to value-based enterprise. Effective coordination of care in our communities is what Mary envisions as a key to success for the future. She feels that caring about our communities and adapting to a changing environment is what rural settings are all about. Therefore, rural healthcare organizations are well positioned to transform how we deliver care to our patients.
As a nurse leader with over 34 years of healthcare operations leadership experience, Mary is passionate about effective patient care. She has developed programs and led projects that promote healthy communities through effective use of evidenced-based practice. As a proven interdisciplinary leader, Mary has effectively managed both inpatient and outpatient healthcare operations in both urban and rural settings.
Devoted to continual learning, Mary is engaged in mentoring and educating nurses serving as Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Francisco in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Actively engaged as a professional in her community, Mary is a member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, the American Organization of Nursing Executives (AONE), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). She retains national certification as a Certified Executive in Nursing Practice and is certified in Nurse Executive Finance from HFMA/AONE.