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Nurse fellows visit Loyola this week

February 20, 2009

Left to Right: Ann H. Cary, director and professor in Loyola's School of Nursing, Avis Gray, region 1 office administrator for the Department of Health and Hospitals and Doris Brown, assistant deputy secretary of the Office of Public Health in Louisiana.

Seven Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows visited Loyola University New Orleans’ School of Nursing this week to explore health care reform in Louisiana and to analyze Louisiana’s emergency preparedness progress since Hurricane Katrina. Louisiana is viewed as a field laboratory in health care reform and emergency preparedness.

Doris Brown, assistant deputy secretary of the Office of Public Health in Louisiana, spent the day briefing the fellows and invited guests. Brown also serves as the center director for the Office of Community Preparedness in the Department of Health and Hospitals.

The briefing was followed by a guided environmental tour lead by Dr. Robert A. Thomas, interim director of Loyola’s School of Mass Communication and Chair of Environmental Communications in the College of Social Sciences.

The Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program is a nationally competitive leadership program which enhances fellows’ strategic abilities and the impact of state-wide and national health care reform policies.

Ann H. Cary, director and professor in the Loyola University School of Nursing, was recently named a 2008-2011 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. Cary was one of 20 nurses in an executive leadership role to receive the fellowship this year.

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