Mary Anne L. Graf specializes in consulting in women’s and children’s services strategic planning, program development, and marketing. She has worked on over 900 projects with health system clients in 48 states and 10 countries, which has allowed to her easily to adjust to the needs of diverse communities, clients, and cultures. Her personal clients include rural and VA hospitals, through hundreds of community hospitals, to academic medical centers such as Duke and Harvard, to industry giants like Samsung in Seoul, Korea. Graf leverages women’s and/or children’s services to innovatively support overall health system goals and strategies; women are easy to reach with information and—as the family healthcare gatekeeper—are key to successful population health strategies. With a graduate degree in nurse-midwifery and post-graduate business studies at Northwestern, Notre Dame and the University of Virginia, she has been graduate faculty at three universities and a member of multiple university advisory boards ranging from Brigham Young’s Marriott School of Management to Duke Health’s Women’s Advisory Board.
Recently, to see if her consulting theories actually worked, she also served for over a decade as system vice president of women’s and children’s services for a seven-hospital IDS in Virginia, resulting in a tripling of market share and quadrupling of women’s brand preference that, she argues, brought at least one moribund hospital back to life. She has published extensively, including two books published by Health Leaders Media. A native of Michigan and the mother of two prime examples of the Millennial species, she is now happily a Damn Yankee living in the Charlotte, NC area with a dog, too many cats, and her patient husband Paul, a recovering attorney.