Esther Emard

Esther Emard
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Esther Emard is a member of the Board of Directors for the Care New England Health Care System. She is also a Board member for the Visiting Nurse Association of America. 

She was the Chief Operating Officer of NCQA from 1999 to 2012. Previous to that she was the Senior Vice President of Regional Operations for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and also served as President of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England, the Rhode Island affiliate of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. She has held additional position as the Associate Director of Nursing for Morton Hospital and Medical Centers, Inc. of Massachusetts.

She has been a consultant faculty (one of three) for the AACN National Quality & Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) Graduate Level national implementation.

Current Research

  • Using a Community of Inquiry Model for graduate-level online course design to enhance nursing management and leadership effectiveness through coaching strategies


University of Rhode Island, MSN

  • Concentration in Nursing Administration

University of Rhode Island, MS, Labor and Industrial Relations

  • Labor Relations 

University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, BSN


Leveraging QSEN to Enhance Graduate-Level Nursing Education and Practice. Johnson, J., Drenkard, K., Emard. E., and McGuinn, K. Nurse Educator (Published May 2015)

Patient-Centered Medical Home: 
Sheingold, B., Chapa, D., Ekmekic, O. and Emard, Esther. Creating a Blueprint for Quality Care through Innovative Education. Notified by Contemporary Issues in Education Research that it has been accepted for publication in the first quarter of 2015 

Understanding the Changing Nature of Patient Transitions. Published October 2014 by Home Healthcare Nurse


Morton E. Bender Teaching Award — The George Washington University (2016)

Member — Academy of Distinguished Teachers (inducted 2016)

President's Volunteer Service Award — Awarded Gold (2016) and Silver (2015)

Certified Peer Reviewer — Quality Matters 

Citation for Nursing Leadership Recognition — former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy

Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions in Nursing Leadership — University of Rhode Island