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Pitt-Johnstown Expands Healthcare Focus

Pitt-Johnstown Expands Healthcare Focus

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   The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is expanding its focus into healthcare education through the creation of a new Division of Nursing and Health Sciences.  The new division constitutes the sixth academic division at Pitt-Johnstown, added to the divisions of education, engineering technology, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. 

   In announcing the new division, Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar commented, “This new division strengthens our capacity to effectively manage, plan, organize, and coordinate related teaching, professional development, and service activities, as well as to advance campus strategic initiatives in nursing and health science while promoting community health and wellness education.”

   Dr. Janet Grady, director of the Nursing program at Pitt-Johnstown, will head the new division as Chairperson. 

   The new division will house several related programs including: the prospective Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree; the renamed Bachelor of Science in healthcare (previously the Bachelor of Science in health related professions); the RN-to-BSN degree; and the three associate degree programs in Allied Health (respiratory care, surgical technology, and emergency medical services).  The Division will also be responsible for graduate-level programs offered in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.  Currently, those programs include the Acute-Care Nurse Practitioner Program and the Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

   Pitt-Johnstown currently has cooperative relationships with several healthcare facilities, both in the greater Johnstown area and in the surrounding counties of west and south-central Pennsylvania.  Locally, relationships have been established with facilities including Memorial Medical Center, Windber Medical Center and Windber Research Institute. 

   Plans are underway to begin construction of a new 20,000 sq. ft. facility to house classrooms, laboratories, and offices for the nursing and health sciences division.  The preliminary design process, which has been underway, is expected to accelerate over the next few months.

Janet GradyDr. Janet Grady

   Dr. Janet Grady began her career at Pitt-Johnstown in 2007 as director of the Nursing program, having taught in the program from 1993-2000.  Her career has included several leadership positions, including Associate Professor and Associate Academic Dean at Mt. Aloysius College; Chief Nursing Officer and Principal Partner, Clinical Services and Performance Improvement for Windber Medical Center; and Instructor and later Term Coordinator in the Conemaugh School of Nursing where she taught medical/surgical and leadership theory and served as a member of the Curriculum and Program Evaluation Committees.

   President Spectar offered, “Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Grady has served as a teacher-scholar committed to excellence in teaching. Complementing her extensive involvement in professional education, Dr. Grady’s deep and abiding interest is advancing liberal education.  She has been engaged in teaching and promoting the study of foreign language and was, herself, an international student at the University of Rouen.  She is a most fitting choice to lead this important initiative.”

   Dr. Grady has considerable experience in several areas including supporting faculty excellence, managing budgets, personnel, recruitment, grant writing/administration, institutional research, strategic planning, assessment, and accreditation.  She has served as coordinator of accreditation activities for both a professional nursing program and a hospital, and has been a Principal Investigator on a major federally funded research project. 

   She has several peer-reviewed scholarly publications to her credit, including an article in the prestigious Journal of Nursing Education.  She also serves as a peer reviewer for Computers, Informatics, Nursing, and several other professional publications, as well as for the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services.  She has also made invited scholarly presentations at numerous professional conferences, including the International Congress on Nursing Informatics in Seoul, Korea, and the Canadian Society of Telehealth in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She has received numerous awards and honors recognizing her scholarship and was recently inducted as an Academy of Nursing Education Fellow.

   An active community member, Dr. Grady serves in several professional associations, including the American Telemedicine Association, where she was Co-Chair of the Telehealth Nursing SIG, and the National League for Nursing, where she is a member of the Task Group on Curricular Innovation.  Dr. Grady is an Advisory Board member of the Cambria County Area Agency on Aging and was a YWCA “Tribute to Women” honoree in the category of Education.

   She received her Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and her Master of Science in nursing from Pitt, as well as a BA in education (foreign language) from Pitt.

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare

   The Bachelor of Science in healthcare has been renamed to better reflect the evolution of the program, which began in 1981, and to more accurately reflect the consistent track record of graduates who have assumed positions of leadership, management, and education in a variety of healthcare settings. 

   The revised degree is expected to include several tracks, such as health information (informatics), public health, and healthcare management.  The program will also continue to serve as a degree completion program for individuals with associate-level degrees (or equivalent) in healthcare programs or accredited hospital-based programs for health professions (with acceptable academic credits).  Graduates in the program will be able to work in positions such as healthcare administrators and public health specialists in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other healthcare settings.  

   Several tracks to the healthcare degree are currently being considered in areas including health information technology, public health, and healthcare management.


   Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 9/2/2009 4:20:00 PM