In September, Melissa O’Connor, PhD, MBA, RN, associate professor, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia which provides home health and hospice care to a variety of patients in and around Philadelphia.
Dr. O’Connor, a recognized expert in geriatric nursing and home health care, brings a wealth of clinical and research experience to her role. Her research aids health care providers in clinical decision-making and care management to help the elderly age in place and avoid hospitalization. She frequently uses large data sets in her studies. Her work indicates the unique contributions of skilled nursing care in the support of the goal of community-based acer for older adults.