As Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Kopec oversees Advanced ICU Careâ€™s clinical outcomes, physician and allied health providersâ€™ performance and services. She is deeply involved in client collaboration, where she oversees process improvement initiatives and acts as a liaison between the physicians at client hospitals and the intensivists at Advanced ICU Care. A co-founder of Advanced ICU Care, she is also a practicing intensivist and the lead intensivist physician for Advanced ICU Careâ€™s Consulting Services.
Dr. Kopec completed her Critical Care Medicine fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, New York, then served as Medical Director of the ICU at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For over 15 years she was Chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine at SSM-DePaul Health Center in St. Louis, leading a bedside intensivist group at a 30-bed medical-surgical ICU at a Level II Trauma and Comprehensive Stroke Certified Center with active cardiovascular surgery and neurosurgical programs. Under her leadership SSM was the first healthcare facility to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. She also served as President of the Medical Staff.
Dr. Kopec served as chair of the Society of Critical Care Medicineâ€™s Tele-ICU Committee, and is an active member of Mid-America Transplant Services Physician Advisory Board, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Association for Physician Leadership, American College of Chest Physicians, and American College of Physicians. She speaks on patient safety and quality outcomes of Advanced ICU Careâ€™s tele-ICU program at national conferences, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvementâ€™s National Forum.
Dr. Kopec is board-certified in Critical Care Medicine and Internal Medicine. She completed her fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and her Internal Medicine residency at SUNY-Downstate in New York. She earned her M.D. from St. Georgeâ€™s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, and her B.S. from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.