March 25, 2015
The 2015 Spring Presidential Lecture Series
“Emerging Trends in Health Care”
a lecture by
Mary Ann Rosa, RN, MSN, GNP
Associate Professor, Nursing
Queensborough Community College
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), life expectancy is increasing every year. Longevity and lifestyle are contributing to the growth of chronic illnesses. Chronic conditions have replaced acute diseases as leading causes of both morbidity and mortality. This change has economic implications for our nation. Our nation has been charged with improving quality care, while decreasing costs. This drives community health care organizations to team with hospital based institutions, to improve transitional care and continuity of care across health care settings.
There are several national initiatives to deal with the increase in chronic illnesses, improve transitional care and decrease avoidable hospitalizations, which improve clinical outcomes and decrease costs. Evidence based practice and patient centered care, incorporated into disease management programs, are at the forefront of these initiatives. When used efficiently technology can decrease costs, and Telehealth has been identified as a priority to meet and improve quality patient care.
Mary Ann Rosa is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Queensborough Community College and a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She is a consultant for North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System and serves on a task force charged with decreasing readmissions and improving health outcomes.
In 2000, Professor Rosa was inducted into the Nursing Center of Excellence at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System for her work in community health care. She developed a Heart Failure Community Disease Management Program, a Telehealth Program and co-developed a Diabetes Community Disease Management Program. Professor Rosa implemented Telehealth into the Nursing Program at Queensborough Community College and assisted two CUNY Schools of Nursing in implementing Telehealth into their Programs.
Professor Rosa has published journal articles, conducted faculty workshops and presented locally and nationally on disease / health management, improving patient adherence, decreasing avoidable hospitalizations and implementing Telehealth. In 2014 she presented “Preventing Readmissions in Older Adults with Multiple Co-morbidities,” at the National Association of Home Care, and “Telehealth: An Excellent Teaching Strategy,” at the National League of Nursing Summit. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with nursing students and being part of a team that graduates competent nurses in an evolving, technology driven, community health care system.