2015 Medal of Achievement Award, Sarah Rothwell, B.Sc. Eng. '07 | Alumni | University of Guelph

2015 Medal of Achievement Award, Sarah Rothwell, B.Sc. Eng. '07

Judy Maddren

Sarah Rothwell
B.Sc. Eng. '07

Ms. Sarah Rothwell, B.Sc.(Eng.) ’07,  is a Clinical Engineer who manages complex medication technology, clinical information system and quality improvement initiatives for healthcare organizations around the world. After receiving her B.Sc. in Biological Engineering from U of G in 2007, she went on to earn a Master of Health Science in Clinical Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Graduating from U of G less than a decade ago, Ms. Rothwell has already made tremendous strides in her field and has positively impacted the lives of health care professionals, patients and families.

During her Master’s program, Sarah joined the Healthcare Human Factors Group at University Health Network and led research activities to evaluate the impact of smart infusion pump technologies on medication administration safety. During this time, she also supported several human factors evaluations to examine and provide design recommendations on clinical workflows, medical devices and clinical information systems.  

In 2009, Sarah joined Massachusetts General Hospital as a Clinical Engineer in their Operation Room / Anaesthesia Clinical Engineering department. In this position, she managed the renovation and construction of ORs and perioperative care units and led the implementation of complex medical technologies and clinical information systems. Sarah believes that hospitals should drive innovation from the inside and support medical device companies to meet the needs of today and the future. In this regard, Sarah was heavily involved in the joint development projects with companies to improve the functionality and safety of their products. She contributed to the development of three products, including the first drug library safety software in a MR-Compatible Infusion Pump.

In 2012, Sarah moved to Vancouver and joined Vancouver Coastal Health as a Human Factors Specialist in their Quality and Patient Safety Department.  She led regional quality improvement projects and supported strategic planning initiatives through the evaluation of technologies and existing clinical information systems. Sarah’s dream has always been to work with international organizations to assist health systems in developing countries to develop and implement sustainable and locally appropriate technologies. In 2013, she jumped at the opportunity to work for Orbis International, an organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable blindness. In her role as a Senior Program Engineer, Sarah supports medical technology and health informatics initiatives for Orbis programs in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Peru and China as well as on the Flying Eye Hospital – a plane converted into a mobile teaching facility complete with a sophisticated operating room, perioperative care unit and classroom.

Sarah is involved with several industry groups — the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society, Healthcare Information and Management System Society, Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, as well as the American Quality Society. She also finds time to invest in future talent, mentoring university students through their internships to gain experience and uncover their true passions.

Characterized as an ideal employee who consistently goes beyond the call of duty, Sarah is a respected professional in the healthcare industry, committed to safety, quality and excellence.



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