After teaching school for nine years she pursued a career in nursing. She has worked in most areas of care for the elderly: as a bedside caregiver in a
hospital-based SNF, a manager of a home health agency, a DON in a freestanding nursing home, and the chief clinician in a large multifacility organization.
She was the president/CEO of the
Throughout her career, she has led quality improvement programs throughout long-term care. In leading JCAHO's program for long-term care accreditation for ten years, she developed the first set of standards for dementia care units, subacute care, and long-term care pharmacies.
Mary is currently the Vice President of Quality Initiatives for MyInnerView, a company dedicated to providing management intelligence for long-term care.
She is currently on the editorial board of Advances in Post-Acute Care and in the past served on the Boards for Caring for the Ages and the American Medical Directors Association Foundation as well as the for the State Veterans Homes Foundation. She was on the advisory board for the Planetree Continuing Care initiative and also served on the Planetree Designation Committee for Hospitals.
Tellis-Nayak earned an MSN in gerontological nursing from
With her husband, Dr. V. Tellis-Nayak, Mary won the American Health Care Associations lifetime achievement award – Champion of Quality – in 2013.
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