María de los Ángeles Ortega will lead clinical nursing care for vulnerable populations

Newswise – Florida Atlantic Universityit is Maria de los Angeles Goldtega Hernández, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CDP, FAANP, FAAN, is at the forefront of clinical care for the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Since 2014, she is the director of the FAU Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Centerwhich offers a full range of personalized services and programs of care, support, research, education and community outreach.

Ortega’s new role as Associate Dean of Clinical Practice now places her as the head of clinical care for the Green Memory and Wellness Center and FAU and the Northwest Community Health Alliance’s Community Health Center (CSC FAU/NCHA), operated by the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. She will collaborate with the Executive Director of FAU/NCHA CHC Kareth Edwards, Dr.PH, APRN, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs; and Clinical Director Desiree’ T. Weems, APRN, a certified nurse practitioner.

At the Green Memory and Wellness Center, Ortega oversees programs in memory, wellness, cognitive and neuropsychological testing, driving assessments, caregiver programs and support, behavioral health (mental health, counseling and psychiatry ) and an adult day program for people with Alzheimer’s disease. and related dementias (ADRD). In addition to the services provided, the center conducts research on best care practices for people with ADRD as well as support for family caregivers.

During the pandemic, the program successfully transitioned from almost all services offered before COVID-19 to virtual telehealth and telemedicine platforms and social telework services. Additionally, the program has opened up access to include out-of-state and out-of-country participants. Over the past two years, the program has expanded to include behavioral and mental health services for patients and caregivers, integrating psychiatry and psychotherapy consultation and treatment. The project has also expanded to meet the needs of people who cannot make it to the facilities and those who are uninsured.

At FAU/NCHA CHC, advanced practice nurses, in collaboration with other health care providers, provide a range of pediatric, adult and geriatric services. FAU was the first university in Florida to be designated by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a “Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike”. An FQHC is a clinic that provides comprehensive primary, behavioral and preventive health care to patients of all ages in underserved and rural areas. The purpose of FQHC is to serve communities that may have financial disadvantages, language barriers, geographic barriers or other specific needs.

FAU/NCHA CHC services include mental health assessments, medication management, and behavioral interventions focused on restoring function and quality of life; pediatric services, vaccinations and screenings; and services for adolescents, including physical exams, screenings, and education about high-risk behaviors. The center also offers prenatal and obstetrical gynecological services. Other services include geriatric care as well as routine disease and health maintenance, preventive care, and chronic disease management for adults 18 and older.

As a “Certified Diabetes Education Center” of the American Diabetes Association, FAU/NCHA CHC’s services also include education for diabetes patients and their families.

“All of our Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing programs are grounded in the desire to create a healing and supportive environment for the patients and families we serve in South Florida and beyond,” Ortega said. . “I am thrilled and honored to expand the scope of my responsibilities and services to help our patients achieve their best physical, social and emotional health and well-being.”

Ortega is a board-certified gerontology and psychiatry-mental nurse practitioner who continues her practice as a clinician and specializes in the care of the elderly. She is nationally certified as a Dementia Practitioner. Her work focuses on transforming healthcare environments by providing person- and family-centred care, evidence-based, interprofessional, culturally appropriate and linguistically appropriate interventions, opening and increasing access dementia-specific care and support services for diverse populations living with ADRD and their family caregivers. . Ortega’s practice experience encompasses nursing rehabilitation facilities (skilled nursing, post-acute care, and long-term care) and memory disorders clinics. The focus of her doctoral work was to improve care in skilled nursing settings through excellence in clinical practice and care coordination.

“Dr. Ortega is at the forefront of clinical care, leadership, teaching, research and policy development to advance health care for our most vulnerable populations in this region,” said safia george, Ph.D., Dean, Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. “In her final role as Associate Dean for Clinical Care, she will bring a wealth of knowledge, innovative thinking and compassionate care to lead our clinical and outreach programs, which are nationally recognized for providing care. timely, high quality and patient-centred. ”


About Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing:

FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is known nationally and internationally for its excellence and philosophy of caring science. The College was ranked #11 nationally by US News and World Report in 2021 for “Best Online Masters in Nursing Administration Programs” and #32 for “Best Online Masters in Nursing Administration Programs.” medical care”. In 2020, FAU graduates achieved a 95.9% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) and a 100% AGNP certification pass rate. FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Education in Nursing (CCNE). For more information, visit

About Florida Atlantic University: Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened in 1964 as Florida’s fifth public university. Today, the University enrolls more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across six campuses located along Florida’s southeast coast. In recent years, the University has doubled its research expenditures and surpassed its peers in student success rates. Through the coexistence of access and excellence, FAU embodies an innovative model where traditional achievement gaps disappear. FAU is designated as a Hispanic-serving institution, ranked among the top public universities by U.S. News & World Report, and as a high-research institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education. For more information, visit

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