It is with great sadness that we at the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement pay tribute to Mary Ellen Boisvert, MSN, RN, CLC, CCE, who died on August 28, 2019. Mary Ellen was a trusted and respected colleague who we will miss very much. She lived her life with excellence, kindness and a generosity of spirit that enriched and inspired anyone who had the privilege to spend time with her. Her wisdom, insights, and recommendations helped guide the formation of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement.
Mary Ellen remained professionally active until the end of her life. The uncorrected proof of the manuscript she co-authored entitled: Feasibility Study of AWHONN's Immediate and Continuous Skin-to-Skin Nursing Care Quality Measures, was published by the Journal of Gynecologic, Obstetric, Neonatal Nursing in August 2019. Mary Ellen was also an expert in and a champion of the importance of perinatal quality improvement (QI). She led numerous local and national QI efforts that improved the care of women and newborns. Mary Ellen will be greatly missed by her perinatal colleagues and friends. The world is a better place because of Mary Ellen's life.