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'Sophisticated efforts'

Snyder says that she was drawn to South Carolina by the opportunity to participate in statewide health care initiatives, particularly those supported through the activities of Health Sciences South Carolina (HSSC). HSSC is a public-private partnership created to improve health care. The organization is a major partner in the CoEE program.

“Other states have tried to promote and improve health care on a statewide level, but they are not as sophisticated as South Carolina’s current efforts,” Snyder said. “This state has become a national model in terms of its emphasis on health care quality, safety and interdisciplinary research.”

Snyder has served on the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Nursing, the University of Arizona, the University of Utah and the University of San Diego.

Snyder earned her doctorate from the University of Arizona and completed a three year National Library of Medicine postdoctoral fellowship in health informatics at the University of Minnesota. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from California State University.

She is the second woman and the first registered nurse to be appointed as a CoEE endowed chair, and the third and final appointed endowed chair for the CoEE Center in Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety. The two other center endowed chairs include Dr. John Schaefer from the Medical University of South Carolina, who focuses on patient simulation and research; and Dr. Jihad Obeid from Clemson University, who focuses on biomedical informatics and the development of software and infrastructure to help researchers share data across South Carolina hospitals and universities.

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