Center for Clinical Effectiveness

We utilize innovative analytics to study and improve health care quality and patient safety

The Center for Clinical Effectiveness develops and uses innovative analytic methods to study and improve health care quality and patient safety throughout Baylor Scott & White Health. The robust evaluation of quality initiatives and the dissemination of these initiatives are primary goals.

Staff at the Center for Clinical Effectiveness design, conduct, and disseminate the results of health care initiatives aimed at making healthcare more value-based.

Grants Awarded

Examples of health care improvement research initiatives with peer-reviewed funding across various disciplines (and investigators in those areas) are listed below.

Cardiovascular Care
Comparative Effectiveness and Implementation Science
Electronic Health Records
Health Information Technology
Patient Safety Research
Shared Decision Making
Trauma Care


Neil S. Fleming, PhD

Vice President of Quantitative Sciences

Since 2013, Dr. Fleming has served as Vice President of Quantitative Sciences, Baylor Scott & White Health; and Clinical Professor of Health Services Research, Robbins Institute for Health Policy and Leadership at the Hankamer School of Business, Baylor University. He also served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) STEEEP Global Institute (two years), and BHCS Vice President for Health Care Research.

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Ashley Collinsworth, ScD, MPH

Director of Health Care Research

Ashley Collinsworth, ScD, MPH, is the Director of Health Care Research for the Baylor Scott & White Health Center for Clinical Effectiveness. Dr. Collinsworth joined Baylor in 2004 and has served as a health services researcher and project manager.

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Gina Garinger

Operations Manager

Ms. Garinger joined Baylor Health Care System in 2004 to focus on the education, care improvement lab, and implementation of the enterprise electronic health record.

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Elisa Priest, DrPH

Director of the Clinical Effectiveness Data Center

Dr. Priest has over 15 years of experience in informatics and analytics for clinical research and healthcare operations. Her background includes clinical trials, behavioral intervention studies, and observational studies in a variety of clinical areas. In addition to her research experience, she holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Texas A&M Health Sciences Center.

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