Nursing Faculty Member Receives UM President’s Economic Development Award

June 5, 2013

Columbia, Mo. — Marilyn Rantz, Curators’ Professor in the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing (MU SSON), was recently recognized with the University of Missouri System President’s Award for Economic Development. The recognition included a $5,000 award.

Robert Schwartz, UM President’s Office chief of staff, surprised Rantz with an award presentation in front of her colleagues. The Economic Development Award recognizes faculty for distinguished activity in meeting the University of Missouri’s goal of serving as an economic engine for the state and its citizens. Awardees demonstrate entrepreneurial innovation in using the classroom, outreach programs or the laboratory as vehicles for increasing or developing new economic activity in the state.

Rantz has spent more than 30 years working with the aging population and conducting research to improve seniors’ quality of life.

“Dr. Rantz’s commitment to improving nursing care for elders resulted in her pioneering the development and testing of alternative models of care for frail elders,” said Judith Fitzgerald Miller, MU SSON dean. “Her innovations have resulted in jobs for hundreds of health care workers and millions of dollars in construction costs invested by Americare for our independent living center, TigerPlace. Her tenacity has had a profound economic impact and improved quality of life for the elderly.”

TigerPlace uses the Aging in Place (AIP) model developed by Rantz and her team. The AIP model focuses on care coordination by nurses to enable older adults to age and receive necessary care in residential care settings. Rantz is AIP director at TigerPlace and MU Interdisciplinary Center on Aging associate director.

Rantz is currently leading a $14.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The project focuses on reducing avoidable re-hospitalizations among residents of St. Louis-area nursing homes. Insights gained from this project could provide a nationwide model for senior care and significantly reduce national health care spending. Rantz was admitted to the Institute of Medicine in 2012.

Nursing Faculty Member Receives UM President’s Inter-Campus Collaboration Award

June 5, 2013

Columbia, Mo. — Debra Gayer, associate professor in the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing (MU SSON), was recently honored with the University of Missouri System President’s Award for Inter-Campus Collaboration. Gayer shared the award with colleagues at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and University of Missouri–Kansas City Schools of Nursing: Dawn Garzón and Susan Farberman, UMSL, and Diane King and Virginia Rahm, UMKC. Each member of the group received a $2,000 award.

Robert Schwartz, UM President’s Office chief of staff, surprised Gayer with the award in front of her colleagues and students. The Inter-Campus Collaboration Award Gayer received, recognizes faculty who engage in activities that foster collaboration across two or more campuses of the UM System. Their project, begun in 2000, focuses on sharing faculty resources to offer three required core courses through online delivery for each school’s pediatric nurse practitioner program. The faculty overcame various barriers at each campus: differing program curricula, budgeting systems, fee schedules and technology expectations. The quality educational content developed provided a richer learning experience as students benefited from faculty expertise from the three schools and interactions with students from across the state serving varied populations from rural to urban young patients.

“Dr. Debra Gayer has worked diligently to educate pediatric nurses in the state of Missouri and beyond to help meet the growing need for primary health care advanced pediatric nurse providers,” said Dean Judith Fitzgerald Miller, MU SSON dean. “This online pediatric nurse practitioner program addresses the needs of nursing students in rural and underserved communities in Missouri.”