Edwidge J. Thomas, DNP, ANP
Edwidge Thomas joined the NEF Board of Directors in 2017 and serves on the Criteria and Eligibility Committee. Currently Edwidge is the medical director at the Mount Sinai Hospital’s Performing Provider System (PPS) for Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program and she is responsible for strategic direction of the PPS including developing quality medical programs, planning and implementing the clinical programs and monitoring the performance of the DSRIP projects’ metric while collaborating with PPS partners as they modify their infrastructure and implement clinical transformation for transitioning to a value based payment system. Her responsibilities also include leading the Equity Performance programs while overseeing the activities of DSRIP Clinical Quality Committee as well as other committees by providing recommendations on best practices to guide the overall strategy for the PPS.
Dr. Thomas has been a key advisor to universities and major metropolitan hospitals, on preparing the nursing workforce for future health care delivery challenges and integrating Advanced Practice Nurses within acute and ambulatory care settings to expand the community based healthcare footprint. Her goal is threefold: improving the health of individuals through evidence based care and clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience, and reducing cost.
While at the New York University College of Nursing she was responsible for developing innovative strategies to secure grants as the principal investigator and co-director. She created partnerships to establish new practice models of care that addressed all populations including the underserved and vulnerable. Edwidge led practice and community engagement initiatives including: a nurse–managed primary care practice for adults; a mobile health van program providing primary care services; and the implementation of a health literary project for underserved adolescent students at high schools in Brooklyn, New York. Through all of her efforts as the co-director of these projects, Dr. Thomas and her team secured a $2.9 million Health Resource Service Agency (HRSA) grant to launch and sustain the adolescent program. Other notable outcomes from her community focused efforts were revenue enhancing programs that significantly increased patient visits and advanced practice nurse presence, as well as increased partnerships with community based programs and agencies that were able to implement innovative delivery models of care.
Early in her career, Edwidge was a founding member of the first nationally know independent Nurse Practitioner primary care practice at Columbia University School of Nursing serving a commercially insured patient population in a highly competitive New York Market.
Edwidge received a Bachelor of Arts in French at Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing also at Rutgers. She graduated from Columbia University School of Nursing with a Master of Science as an adult nurse practitioner and in 2005, Edwidge earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Columbia University.