Anna K. Saulitis, AM, LCSW
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Clinical Social Worker, Rush University Medical Center
Anna K. Saulitis is a licensed clinical social worker at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She is the social worker and quality improvement lead for the Rush Pediatric and Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centers. She also holds the role of Chronic Disease and Readmission Reduction Project Coordinator with the Care Management Department.
Saulitis provides chronic disease support and care for pediatric and adult patients with CF and their families throughout their lifespan: from diagnosis through lung transplantation or end of life care. She is the QI Lead managing Center projects focused on improving co-production of healthcare and clinical response to acute changes in pulmonary function. She is a member of the project team working to improve transitions of care between CF Centers and Lung Transplant Centers. Prior QI experience includes enhancing chronic disease management with palliative care support and improving transitions from pediatric to adult care.
Along with her expertise in cystic fibrosis, Saulitis has additional expertise in the psychosocial management of chronic and progressive lung conditions, palliative care, end of life care, mental health and coping support, advance directives, and smoking cessation.
A primary theme throughout Saulitis' work is the concept of co-production in patient care and advocacy for patients, families, and caregivers as they navigate the complexities of life with chronic and life-limiting pulmonary conditions. Her practice is strengths-based, patient-centered, and trauma aware and her clinical interests include healthcare education and advocacy and partnerships for sustaining daily care.
Saulitis received her bachelor's degree in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and an AM from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She completed her clinical internship at Rush University Medical Center and joined the Care Management Department as a social worker in 2012. She is a member of the Cook County Human Trafficking Task Force Healthcare Subcommittee, Co-Chair of the Rush Care Management Professional Development & Clinical Practice Committee, and Co-Chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Learning Network Quality Improvement Leader Working Group.
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