Partners International

Elizabeth (Betsy) Cox

Elizabeth (Betsy) Cox is responsible for Partners Healthcare International (PHI) programs and collaborations focused on nursing professional development. She plays a major role in health care and education systems development in the areas of nursing service and leadership development, clinical program planning, interprofessional education, and quality and patient safety.

Collaborating with nursing colleagues across the PHS system, Ms. Cox leads the design and implementation of nursing professional development programs with international partners. As an active member of the PHI quality management team and multiple quality councils, she works with nurses to develop their role in quality and safety and has helped many hospitals successfully prepare for accreditation.

Ms. Cox has over twenty-five years of experience in nursing and health care delivery and has held various clinical, administrative and staff development roles in hospital and community settings. Prior to joining PHI, she served as the Director of Medical Services for the international health care arm of the Caritas Christi Health Care System, where she was responsible for overseeing hospital and community-based programs in collaboration with in-country partners in Latin America.

Ms. Cox received a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois; a Master of Business Administration degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Boston College in Massachusetts. Ms. Cox completed a Post-Graduate Administrative Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She is a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nurses. In 2009 she received the first inaugural Dean Rita Kelleher Award as Distinguished alumna from the Boston College School of Nursing.

Ms. Cox has international nursing and quality and safety experience in over fifteen countries. She has presented in numerous international forums on nursing leadership development and quality improvements, such as The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the International Society for Quality and Safety. Ms. Cox is an Instructor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.