Dr. Patricia Tomsko Nay Appointed Executive Director of Office of Health Care Quality

BALTIMORE (August 7, 2013) – Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Secretary Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein today announced the appointment of Dr. Tricia Tomsko Nay as the Executive Director of the Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ). OHCQ is the licensing and regulatory agency that monitors the quality of care in 14,000 health care facilities and community based programs across Maryland. Dr. Nay joined OHCQ as the Medical Director in 2008 and has been the Acting Executive Director since January 2013.

“It is terrific that Dr. Nay has agreed to take on this crucial leadership role at OHCQ,” said Dr. Sharfstein. “Her understanding of the regulatory system and broad clinical knowledge and experience make her ideally suited for this challenging position.”

“It’s an honor and privilege to lead OHCQ’s staff, who are dedicated to protecting the health and safety of Maryland’s citizens,” said Dr. Nay. "OHCQ’s on-going priority is to continually balance the need to protect vulnerable populations, efficiently utilize our available resources, and not unduly burden providers with unnecessary regulations.”

A native of LaVale, Maryland, Dr. Nay began her education at Allegany College and transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received bachelor degrees in psychology and zoology. She completed medical school at the Ohio State University, a family practice internship at Georgetown University, and a family practice residency and geriatrics fellowship at George Washington University. Dr. Nay is certified in Family Practice, Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Quality Management, and as a Home Care Physician. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the American Institute for Healthcare Quality. Since 1999, she has been a Certified Medical Director through the American Medical Directors Association.

Dr. Nay’s clinical experience includes managing the care of patients in their homes, physician offices, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, psychiatric group homes, psychiatric hospitals, inpatient hospice units, and acute care hospitals. She worked as a geriatric hospitalist for seven years. Dr. Nay has held medical directorships at multiple nursing homes, hospices, a home health agency, and a hospital-based palliative care service. She formerly served as a Deputy Medical Examiner in Montgomery County.

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