Naylor to discuss transitional care model at annual Mayers Lecture

Dr. Mary D. Naylor, the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, will present the 16th annual Stanley P. Mayers Endowed Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

The Mayers lecture, presented by the Department of Health Policy and Administration, the College of Health and Human Development, and Penn State, in conjunction with Mount Nittany Medical Center, is free and open to the public.

Naylor's talk will focus on the transitional care model—which is intended to provide comprehensive in-hospital planning and home follow-up for chronically ill high-risk older adults hospitalized for common medical and surgical conditions—and its impacts on today’s health care industry. Her discussion will analyze the emerging concept of the transitional care model, identify the key stakeholders in implementing the model, and outline the requirements to effectively operate a transitional care model within Central Pennsylvania.

Since 1989, Naylor has led an interdisciplinary program of research designed to improve the quality of care, decrease unnecessary hospitalizations, and reduce health care costs for vulnerable older people. She is the national program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, which is aimed at generating, disseminating, and translating research focused on understanding how nurses contribute to quality patient care. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2005 and is a member of the RAND Health Board and the National Quality Forum Board of Directors. She is the immediate past-chair of the board of the Long-Term Quality Alliance and was appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission in 2010.

Although attendance to the Mayers lecture is free, those interested in attending must register by e-mailing Joyce Hanscom at or by calling 814-863-1523. When registering, please include your name, the name of your organization, and your e-mail address.

Stanley P. Mayers Jr., M.D., co-founder of Penn State’s undergraduate program in the Department of Health Policy and Administration, retired after a distinguished twenty-six-year career with Penn State. During that time, Mayers served as department head, associate dean for undergraduate studies, and associate dean for academic studies in the College of Health and Human Development. He brought extensive experience in public health and critical perspectives on the role of medicine in society to his students and colleagues.

The Stanley P. Mayers Jr. Health Policy and Administration Excellence Endowment is aimed at enhancing students’ education and increasing faculty expertise in areas that will continue to honor Mayers’ contributions as a professor, administrator, and philanthropist. The endowment was initiated by Mayers, and has been enlarged by contributions from alumni and faculty and staff members.