ACAP recognizes Sister of Charity of Seton Hill for work with vulnerable populations
Sister Rosemary Donley, PhD, APRN, FAAN, was the recent recipient of the Leadership in Advocacy Honorable Mention Award from the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), presented in recognition of her advocacy for vulnerable populations and low-income health programs that provide care for them. Sister Rosemary currently serves as Professor of Nursing at Duquesne University where she holds the Jacques Laval Endowed Chair in Justice for Vulnerable Populations. “My job [as Laval Chair] is to call attention to the vulnerable populations in Allegheny County who are seldom seen,” said Sister Rosemary. “I try to give them a face, because you cannot understand a person or his or her situation until you see his or her face.”
Duquesne University spokesperson Rosemary Ravasio reported that in addition to the May 7 award presented by ACAP, Sister Rosemary was honored with an invitation to attend the ACAP’s June CEO Summit in Washington, D.C. “An invitation-only event, the summit brings together chief executive officers of Medicaid-focused health plans and senior staff to discuss current issues facing Medicaid managed care in the post-Affordable Care Act environment,” explained Ravasio. “Through her work as the Laval Chair, Sister Donley focuses her energies on spearheading the School of Nursing’s community service efforts to provide healthcare services to vulnerable populations.” Enthusiastic about the summit invitation, Sister Rosemary said, “I will get to learn firsthand how we can help our vulnerable populations get access to healthcare through the Affordable Care Act. It’s an issue that no one has really discussed, and I will be there in person to hear these conversations and be able to then bring this insight back to our students at Duquesne.”
A champion for social justice, Sister Rosemary has also been responsible for coordinating the Rita M. McGinley Symposium, which is held annually at Duquesne University. The event examines issues that have included needs of the elderly, immigrants, veterans, and children. “Faces of Mental Illness” is the topic for the next symposium scheduled for October 23 and 24.
Sister Rosemary earned a diploma in nursing from Pittsburgh Hospital, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Saint Louis University, a master’s degree in nursing education from the University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Doctor of Laws, from Loyola University. During her distinguished nursing career, Sister Rosemary served as instructor of nursing, assistant professor of nursing, and associate professor of nursing at University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Her roles at the School of Nursing of Catholic University of America included ordinary professor of nursing, dean of nursing, and executive vice president. Sister Rosemary is a past president of both the National League for Nursing and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Author of numerous publications, she has served as a senior editor at Image: The Journal of Nursing Scholarship. She is a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Special Medical Advisory Group, the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing. In 2009, Sister Rosemary was attracted to Duquesne University because of its commitment to social justice.
Sister Rosemary also has given distinguished service to her religious community, the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill. In 1997, Sister Rosemary was elected Councilor/ Vice President of the Office for Congregational Advancement of the Sisters of Charity, and in 2002, she was elected to the General Council of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill that serves the United States and Korean Provinces of the congregation. Sister Rosemary states,” “My philosophy has been shaped by the traditions of the Sisters of Charity, the French School of Spirituality and the Catholic Church’s teachings on social justice, which have given me a deep concern for the sick and a passion for improving their lives. I strive every day to integrate what I have learned into my research, nursing practice and teaching.”
In the featured photo Sister Rosemary Donley (center) is pictured with John Lovelace, president of UPMC for You, and Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow, dean of Duquesne University School of Nursing.
For more about Sister Rosemary from the Tribune Review go to http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6067496-74/justice-nursing-university#axzz33VX1iAF0.