Marilyn Rantz, PhD, RN, FAAN
Helen E. Nahm Chair
University Hospitals and Clinics Professor of Nursing
Executive Director, Aging In Place, TigerPlace
Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Center on Aging
S406 Sinclair School of Nursing
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Gerontological nursing, Nursing administration, Aging in Place, Technology in aging
Quality of care in long-term care; Quality measurement; Aging in place; Nurse care coordination; Technology to enhance aging in place
- AD, Mercy Junior College, St. Louis, Mo.
- BS, University of Illinois, Chicago, Ill.
- MA, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, Wis.
- MS(N), Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis.
- PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wis.
Area of doctoral study
Long-term care health policy and public program evaluation; Gerontological nursing
Program of research
Quality improvement in the care of older adults across the continuum of care; aging in place; technology to enhance aging in place
Selected Grants and Awards
- Intelligent Sensor System for Early Illness Alerts in Senior Housing - National Institutes of Health - $1,768,179, 2013-2016
- Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing Homes - Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - $14,799,771, 2012-2016
- Technology to Automatically Detect Falls and Assess Fall Risk in Senior Housing - Agency for Health Care Research and Quality - $1,989,438, 2009-2013
- Quality Improvement Program for Missouri - Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, $820,000, 2012-2013
Selected publications, books, and book chapters
- Rantz, M.J., Zwygart-Stauffacher, M., Flesner, M., Hicks, L., Mehr, D., Russell, T., & Minner, D. (2012). The influence of teams to sustain quality improvement in nursing homes that "need improvement".. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 14(1), 48-52.
- Rantz, M.J., Zwygart-Stauffacher, M., Flesner, M., Hicks, L., Mehr, D., Russell, T., & Minner, D. (2012). Challenges of using quality improvement methods in nursing homes that "need improvement". Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 13(8), 732-738.
- Rantz, M.J., Skubic, M., Koopman, R.J., Alexander, G., Phillips, L., Musterman, K.I., Back, J.R., Aud, M.A., Galambos, C., Guevara, R.D., & Miller, S.J. (2012). Automated technology to speed recognition of signs of illness in older adults. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 38(4), 18-23.
- Marek, K.D., Stetzer, F., Adams, S.J., Popejoy, L., & Rantz, M.J. (2012). Aging in Place versus nursing home care: comparison of costs to Medicare and Medicaid. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 5(2), 123-129.
- Rantz, M.J., Zwygart-Stauffacher, M., Hicks, L., Mehr, D., Flesner, M., Petroski, G.F., Madsen, R.W., & Scott-Cawiezell, J. (2012). Randomized multilevel intervention to improve outcomes of residents in nursing homes in need of improvement. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 13(1), 60-68.
- Skubic, M., Rantz, M., Miller, S., Guevara, R.D., Koopman, R., Alexander, G., & Phillips, L. (2012). Non-wearable in-home sensing for early detection of health changes. In R. Schultz (Ed.) Quality of Life Technology for the Disabled and Elderly (pp. 227-244). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
- Alexander G.L., Rantz M.J., Skubic M., Koopman R., Phillips L., Guevara R.D., & Miller S. (2011). Evolution of an early illness warning system to monitor frail elders in independent living. Journal of Healthcare Engineering, 2(3), 337-363.
- Rantz, M.J., Alexander, G., Galambos, C., Flesner, M.K., Vogelsmeier, A., Hicks, L., Scott-Cawiezell, J., Zwygart-Stauffacher, M., & Greenwald, L. (2011). The use of bedside electronic medical record (EMR) to improve quality of care in nursing facilities: A qualitative analysis. Computer, Informatics, Nursing, 29(3), 149-156.
- Rantz, M.J., Phillips, L., Aud, M., Marek, K.D., Hicks, L.L., Zaniletti, I., & Miller, S.J. (2011). Evaluation of aging in place model with home care services and registered nurse care coordination in senior housing. Nursing Outlook, 59(1), 37-46.
- Rantz, M.J., Skubic, M., Alexander, G., Aud, M., Wakefield, B., Koopman, R., & Miller, S. (2010). Improving nurse care coordination with technology. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 28(6), 325-332.
- Rantz, M.J., Hicks, L., Petroski, G.F., Madsen, R.W., Alexander, G., Galambos, C., Conn, V., Scott-Cawiezell, J., Zwygart-Stauffacher, M., & Greenwald, L. (2010). Cost, staffing, and quality impact of bedside electronic medical record (EMR) in nursing homes. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 11(7), 485-493.
- Russell, T., Madsen, R., Flesner, M.K., & Rantz, M. (2010). Pain management in nursing homes: What do quality measures tell us? Journals of Gerontological Nursing, 36(5), 1-8.
- Marek, K.D., Adams, S.J., Stetzer, F., Popejoy, L., Petroski, G.F., & Rantz, M. (2010). The relationship of community-based nurse care coordination to costs in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Research in Nursing & Health, 33, 235-242.
- Rantz, M.J., Flesner, M.K., & Zwygart-Stauffacher, M. (2010). Improving care in nursing homes using quality measures/indicators and complexity science. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 25(1), 369–376.
- Rantz, M.J., Skubic, M., Alexander, G., Popescu, M., Aud, M., Koopman, R., & Miller, S. (2010). Developing a comprehensive electronic health record to enhance nurse care coordination, use of technology, and research. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 36(1), 13-17.
- Rantz, M.J. & Zwygart-Stauffacher, M. (2009). How to find the best eldercare: A 20-minute guide to assisted living, in-home care, nursing homes, & senior housing in your community. Minneapolis, MN: Fairview Press.
- Rantz, M.J., Cheshire, D., Flesner, M., Petroski, G.F., Hicks, L., Alexander, G., Aud, M.A., Siem, C., Nguyen, K., Boland, C., & Thomas, S. (2009). Helping nursing homes "at risk" for quality problems: a statewide evaluation. Geriatric Nursing, 30(4), 238-249.
- Rantz, M.J., Aud, M.A., & Miller, S.J. (2008) Aging in Place. In Carr, D., Crosnoe, R., Hughes, M.E., Pienta, A. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference USA.
- Rantz, M.J., Skubic, M., Burks, K., Yu, J., Demiris, G., Hensel, B.K., Alexander, G.L., He, Z., Tyrer, H.W., Hamilton, M., Lee, J., & Brown, M. (2008). Functional assessment technologies. In M. Alwan & R.A. Felder. (Eds.), Eldercare Technology for Clinical Practitioners (pp. 5-32). Totowa, NJ: Humana.
- Rantz, M.J., Porter, R., Cheshier, D., Otto, D., Servey, C.H., Johnson, R.A., Skubic, M., Tyrer, H., He, Z., Demiris, G., Lee, J., Alexander, G., & Taylor, G. (2008). TigerPlace, a state-academic-private project to revolutionize traditional long term care. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 22(1/2), 66-85.
- Rantz, M.J., Aud, M.A., Zwygart-Stauffacher, M., Mehr, D.R., Petroski, G.F., Owen, S.V., Madsen, R.W., Flesner, M., Conn, V., & Maas, M. (2008). Field testing, refinement, and psychometric evaluation of a new measure of quality of care for assisted living. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 16(1), 16-30.
- Rantz, M.J., & Flesner, M.K. (2004). Person centered care: A model for nursing homes. Washington, D.C.: American Nurses Association.
Marilyn Rantz is a Professor of Nursing who has been affiliated with the MU Sinclair School of Nursing (MUSSON) since 1992. She holds the named position of University Hospital Professor of Nursing, has an appointment as Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the MU School of Medicine, was designated as a Helen E. Nahm Chair with the School of Nursing in 2008, and was awarded the prestigious University of Missouri Curators’ Professor Title in 2010.
Dr. Rantz’s pioneering work in nursing home care quality spans thirty years, first in practice then as a leading researcher in the Midwest, and establishes her as a premier international expert in quality measurement in nursing homes and research programs to improve quality of care of older people. In late 2012, she secured a $14.8 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for their Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents; the largest ever received across the entire University of Missouri-Columbia campus.
She has served as Principal Investigator on grants funded from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), MO Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), the Administration on Aging (AOA), among other associations and foundations. In her role as Associate Director for the MU Interdisciplinary Center on Aging, she also served as Principal Investigator for “Building Interdisciplinary Geriatric Health Care Research Centers,” which was funded in 2007-2009 through the Hartford Foundation. Dr. Rantz and her interdisciplinary research teams have been funded for more than $52 million to conduct cutting edge research in long-term care, new delivery models of care for older adults, and most recently, for technology development to enhance aging in place of community-dwelling elders. Much of this research is conducted at TigerPlace, a new model of independent housing to enable older people to age in place through the end of life, maximizing independence and function. A joint venture between the MUSSON and the Americare Corporation, Dr. Rantz was part of the MUSSON team who worked on the original design for TigerPlace, and today is the School’s Director for the facility. TigerPlace provides both an independent living environment for the area’s seniors and an opportunity for students from a variety of professional areas to interact with older adults.
At both local and national levels, Dr. Rantz’s professional contributions most recently include election to the Institute of Medicine in 2012. In 2005, she received both the MUSSON Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and the National Gerontological Nursing Association Lifetime Achievement Award. She was awarded the MU Alumni Association Faculty Alumni Award in 2006 for outstanding contributions to her profession, community, and MU; was inducted as a Fellow into the Gerontological Society of America in 2007; and her Aging in Place Project won the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Edge Runner Award in 2008. In 2010, she received the Midwest Nursing Research Society’s Distinguished Contribution to Research in the Midwest Award and was awarded the 2011 AAN Nurse Leader in Aging Award. November 2012, she became the only individual to be twice named as an Edge Runner for two different innovations, securing her second for her long-running Quality Improvement Program for MO (QIPMO) project. Most recently in April 2013, she received the UM System President’s Award for Economic Development.
Student mentoring projects
Graduate and undergraduate student research experiences; PhD student mentoring; MS(N) student advising; Beginning faculty mentoring
Presentations, proceedings, and lectures
- "Monitoring Hospital Rooms for Safety Using Depth Images”, 2012 Annual AAAI Fall Symposium, AI for Gerontechnology, Arlington, VA, November 2–4, 2012, Banerjee, T., Rantz, M., Li, M., Popescu, M., Stone, E., Skubic, M., & Scott, S.
- "Automated Fall Risk Assessment and Detection in the Home: A Preliminary Investigation”, 2012 Annual AAAI Fall Symposium, AI for Gerontechnology, Arlington, VA, November 2–4, 2012, Rantz, M., Skubic, M., Abbott, C., Pak, Y., Stone, E.E., & Miller, S.J..
- "Radar Walking Speed Measurements of Seniors in their Apartments: Technology for Fall Prevention”, 34th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, San Diego, CA, August 28-September 1, 2012, Cuddihy, P., Yardibi, T., Lengenzoff, Z., Liu, L., Phillips, C., Abbott, C., Galambos, C., Keller, J.M., Popescu, M., Back, J., Skubic, M., & Rantz, M.
- "Doppler Radar Sensor Positioning in a Fall Detection System”, 34th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, San Diego, CA, August 28-September 1, 2012, Liu, L., Popescu, M., Ho, K.C., Skubic, M., & Rantz, M.
- “Using Density Map Visualization for Early Detection and Management of Dementia and Depression”, Proceedings from the International Society for Gerontechnology and International Symposium for Automation and Robotics in Construction Conference, Eindhoven, Netherlands, June 26-29, 2012, Galambos, C., Skubic, M., Wang, S., & Rantz, M.J. International.
- “Testing Classifiers for Embedded Health Assessment”, Proceedings from the 10th Annual International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics, Artimino, Italy, June 12-15, 2012, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 7251, pp. 198-205, Skubic, M., Guevara, D., & Rantz, M.J. International.
- "Fall Detection Using Doppler Radar and Classifier Fusion", Proceedings from the Annual IEEE-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics, Hong Kong, China, January 5-7, 2012, Liu, L., Popescu, M., Rantz, M., & Skubic, M. International.
- "Using sensor networks to detect urinary tract infections in older adults", Proceedings from the 13th IEEE International Conference on e-Health Networking, Application, & Services, Columbia, MO, June 13-15, 2011, pp. 142-149, Rantz, M.J., Skubic, M., Koopman, R., Phillips, L., Alexander, G.L., & Miller, S.J. International.
- "An eldercare electronic health record system for predictive health assessment", Proceedings from the 13th IEEE International Conference on e-Health Networking, Application, & Services, Columbia, MO, June 13-15, 2011, pp. 193-196, Popescu, M., Chronis, G., Ohol, R., Skubic, M., & Rantz, M.
- “Building an Expert System for Nursing Assessment of Elders”, 2010 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Washington, DC, September 27-29, 2010, Rantz, M.J., Skubic, M., Alexander, G., Wakefield, B., & Miller, S.J.
- “Using Quality Indicators to Improve Nursing Care in Long-Term Care”, 20th Annual Conference: Caring for the Frail Elderly, Columbia, MO, August 20-21, 2010, Flesner, M., & Rantz, M.J.
- “A Quality Improvement Process for Sustainability of a Midwestern Nursing Home”, Pioneer Network’s 10th National Conference, Indianapolis, IN, August 8-11, 2010, Rantz, M.J. & Flesner, M.
- "A ubiquitous sensing environment to detect functional changes in assisted living apartments: the TigerPlace experience", Proceedings from Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease: Working Group on Technology Symposium, Honolulu, HI, July 10-15, 2010, Skubic, M., Rantz, M., & Galambos, C. International.
Honors and awards
- Inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (1996)
- Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity in Behavioral and Social Sciences (2002)
- National Gerontological Nursing Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2005)
- MU Alumni Association Faculty Alumni Award (2006)
- Inducted as a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America (2007)
- American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner Award for the Aging in Place Project (2008)
- University of Oklahoma Reynold's Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence Scholar in Aging (2009)
- MU Sinclair School of Nursing Faculty Service Award (2009)
- American Journal of Nursing's Book of the Year Award (for How to Find the Best Eldercare: A 20 Minute Guide to Assisted Living, In-Home Care, Nursing Homes, & Senior Housing in Your Community) (2010)
- Midwest Nursing Research Society's Distinguished Contribution to Research in the Midwest Award (2010)
- University of Missouri's Curators' Professorhip Award (2010)
- American Academy of Nursing Nurse Leader in Aging Award (2011)
- Inducted as a member of Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies (2012)
- Nursing Outlook's Writing Award: Excellence in Research (for (Evaluation of Aging in Place Model with Home Care Services and Registered Nurse Care Coordination in Senior Housing article) (2012)
- American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner Award for the Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) Project (2012)
- University of Missouri System's Presidential Faculty Award for Economic Development (2013)
- Midwest Nursing Research Society (1985-present), Member of the Awards Committee (2005-2006), Gerontological Nursing Section, Chair (2000-2001), Awards Committee (2001-2002)
- American Academy of Nursing (1996-present), Member of the AAN Development Committee (2005), Member of the Communications and Publicity Committee (2003 to present)
- American Nurses' Association (1970-present)
- American Nurses' Association/Missouri Nurses Association: Government Affairs Committee (member 1995-1999), alternate member (1993-1995)
- American Nurses' Association/Wisconsin Nurses Association: Chairperson, WNA Convention Arrangements Committee (1984), Member of committee for convention (1981-1983, 1985)