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Nursing expert to speak at Moravian College and St. Luke's Hospital - April 17 & 18

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Eileen T. O'Grady, Ph.D., RN, NP-C will present, "Improving Health Care Quality: Embracing Change," on Wednesday, April 17 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Moravian College's 8th Annual Priscilla Payne Hurd Nursing Lectureship. Admission is free and open to the public. The lecture will be held in the UBC room in the Haupert Union Building on Moravian's Main Street Campus. The following day, Thursday, April 18, Dr. O'Grady will deliver the same lecture from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Hospital's Doctor's Pavilion in Laros Auditorium.

Dr. O'Grady has practiced as a primary care provider for 15 years and has clinical expertise in sports medicine. She has written several articles and chapters on primary care and orthopedics and has taught these topics to nurses and physicians around the United States as well as around the world with the U.S. Peace Corps. Dr. O'Grady is currently a certified adult nurse practitioner and a policy analyst at the Center for Health Policy, Ethics, and Research at the George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She serves as adjunct assistant professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and George Mason University College of Nursing and Health Science.

Recently, Dr. O'Grady led a study on the effectiveness of a community nursing organization demonstration project at Abt Associates in Bethesda, Maryland. Before that, she was on the faculty of George Washington University Department of Health Care Sciences where she held a number of roles. Dr. O'Grady also developed and implemented clinical practice guidelines, led efforts to re-engineer an academic primary care practice, and provided primary care in that practice throughout her 11 years at George Washington University.

She has held positions such as founder, vice chair, and Policy Liaison of the American College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) and was a 1999 Primary Care Policy Fellow in the U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship. Dr. O'Grady holds an Associate of Applied Science (1984) from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, a Bachelor's of Science (1986) from George Washington University, a Master of Public Health (1989) from George Washington University, a Master of Science in Nursing (1991) and a Doctor of Philosophy (1999) from George Mason University.

The lecture is open to all health professionals and the general public. Admission to the workshop is free. The lecture is sponsored by St. Luke's School of Nursing, St. Luke's Hospital, and Moravian College Art and Lecture Series. For additional information, contact Tina Skinner at 610-954-3441.