Kathy Egan City, MA, BS, RN
President and Executive Director
Millennium Research Institute
Kathy Egan City is the President and Executive Director of the Millennium Research Institute (MRI), a non-profit research entity established by Millennium Laboratories, a leader in medication monitoring.
MRI is focused on advancing the science and therapy of pain management through research, education and advocacy. With a team of prolific and esteemed researchers, including Principal Investigator, Amadeo Pesce, PhD, the MRI has a significant body of published research that focuses on increasing the knowledge of drug metabolism to improve patient safety related to pain and associated disorders. As MRI’s Executive Director, Ms. City provides leadership and oversight for MRI’s initiatives, strategic research direction, scientific and academic partnership collaborations and educational programs.
Previously, Ms. City was the founding Executive Director of Suncoast Institute, the first international hospice and palliative care research, education, and consultation institute where she served for 20 years. She was also the founding Community Director of the Center for the Hospice, Palliative Care, and End-of-Life Studies at the University of South Florida, a unique academic and provider partnership center recognized nationally as a model for practical research collaboration.
Ms. City’s substantial academic partnership collaboration experience includes national research and education projects with Duke, Yale, Brown, the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of South Florida, Florida State, and the University of Florida.
A well-known educator and author, Ms. City has served as principal and co-investigator on national research and education initiatives including: developing the first standardized national training program for hospice and palliative care professionals funded by the National Institutes of Health; collaborating as a primary author and faculty for the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), an international education curriculum project funded by Robert Wood Johnson; directing caregiving at Life’s End, a national research and education program funded by the Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services; and coordinating a multi-site FDA clinical drug trial for the Treatment of Breakthrough of Incidental Pain in Cancer Patients.
Ms. City holds degrees in Education, Health and Nursing
Award Winner- Kathy Egan City
Tampa Bay Business Journal Health Care Heroes Award
Healthcare Educator Category
Personal dedication and sacrifice that goes beyond expectations.
Diversity of contributions.
Kathy Egan-City has a passion for education, value-based leadership, and quality care. She joined the hospice movement 19 years ago after years of professional nursing, counseling, administration and teaching in business and academia. Since joining hospice she has become a locally and nationally recognized innovative leader in end of life care education.
Kathy began with The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast (The Hospice) providing patient and family care which is where she developed a passion for improving experiences of patients, families, staff and volunteers. That passion became her focus as Education Coordinator for The Hospice. Kathy was then named as founding director of The Hospice Institute I 1994 and has as vice president/executive director of The Hospice Institute, the only practice-based institute for hospice and palliative care education, research, consultation and innovation in the country.
Under Kathy’s leadership, The Hospice Institute has established a very active local, state and national education program including classroom, self-learning, conferences, seminars, research and academic programs. An example of national impact includes here involvement as a primary author, co-investigator, and coordinator for the national End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) the first national academic hospice & palliative nursing curriculum recognized with many national awards as.
Under her leadership The Hospice developed and continues to supports over 2,000 interdisciplinary student academic affiliations annually. Since being named the founding Community Director of The Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies at the University of South Florida, she has co-directed a unique community/academic partnership that focuses on professional, research, supports graduate fellowships, pilot research and interdisciplinary collaboration. Kathy has been called on to consult with several universities nationally who wish to duplicate this model.
As Principal Investigator for a National Institutes of Health grant Kathy lead a team to develop the first national standardized hospice training certification program now in use by over 600 hospices nationally. Another significant education project, funded by AOA, allowed Kathy and her team to create Caregiving at Life’s End supporting family caregivers. Over 300 communities participated through a national train-the-trainer format. This program was recognized by the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals (NHCPP) Award of Excellence and The AOA Innovative Program of Significance.
Kathy is a national trainer, speaker, researcher, and consultant and working with hospices, palliative care services, aging services, and health systems. She has served on many national committees and boards including NHPCO, Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association, National Hospice Work Group Institutes Forum, and National Council of Hospice & Palliative Professionals.
Kathy has lead local and national teams to develop a variety of educational programs, training materials and resources to improve care of patients, families and communities.
Demonstrated and measurable results (i.e. increased patient satisfaction, effective clinical outcomes, clinical and scientific research involvement.).
Kathy is a national leader promoting measurable outcomes for education. She has presented at national conferences demonstrating a multi-level evaluation model analyzing outcomes from a learner to an agency to a community level.
All of the national train-the-trainer programs Kathy created were innovative and first-time models and involved measurable evaluation components, as well as published peer review journal articles describing the outcomes. The National Hospice Certification Program resulted in standardized orientation programs in hundreds of hospices nationally with measurable improvements in trainer skills, staff retention and satisfaction.
The Caregiving at Life’s End project resulted in a peer review journal article outlining the measurable values of hospice to families. Over 250 professionals attended and brought Caregiving at Life’s End to their communities. The first groups trained over 9,000 family caregivers and program outcomes resulted in two published peer review journal articles demonstrating improvement in the caregivers self-concept, ability to support their care-receiver with meaningful life closure, and decreased caregiver burden.
Meeting the needs of the underserved.
Special efforts were made with all the national train-the-trainer programs to reach underserved communities including end of life, geriatric, rural populations and culturally diverse populations. Whenever a grant program was offered nationally Kathy assured there was a focus on recruiting from underserved communities. Content in the train-the-trainer programs, included detailed outreach and social change approaches to reach underserved in communities including the aging, gay and lesbian, Asian, African Americans, and Native American communities.