Denise Hammel, RN, MSN, CLSSBB, CPHQ
Denise Hammel is the President and Founder of XcellenceFirst, Inc. (XFI) The impetus to begin XFI came from many years at the bedside followed by a consulting career addressing some of the most complex problems in healthcare and yearning to see the healthcare system evolve into a more efficient and effective industry. A nurse for over 30 years, Denise began her career in Critical Care Nursing at a large academic medical center in the Philadelphia area. Concurrent with her nursing practice in critical care, she held an adjunct faculty position at LaSalle University. Denise began her transition into Informatics while working in Disease Management in the late 1990s.
Denise has enjoyed a career in consulting, working internationally. Her project experience spans the range of tactical to strategic in various healthcare environments. Some projects include technology implementation, operational improvements, Lean training and coaching, Project Management training and coaching, quality and safety, workforce development, leadership coaching, job redesign, and acuity management.
Denise holds a BSN from Thomas Jefferson University, MSN from LaSalle University, and a Master’s certificate in Lean/Six Sigma from Villanova University. Since completing her Master’s degree, Denise has obtained certification in Nursing Informatics, Lean Six Sigma, and a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. Ms. Hammel is completing her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with an expected graduation date of 2022. She was active on the Delaware Valley HIMSS board, serving as board secretary, program chair, and president for multiple terms. Denise is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Society for Quality, the Association for Talent Development, the National Wellness Institute, and the American Association of Nursing Informatics. She has presented locally and at national events and has authored, co-authored, and been cited in several industry publications.