MU nursing school professor receives national recognition from Institute of Medicine

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 | 7:39 p.m. CDT; updated 10:26 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 17, 2012

COLUMBIA — Marilyn Rantz spends every Friday afternoon sewing with a group of seniors at TigerPlace independent living.

"She has two of her joys right in the same room," said Marcia Flesner, who works with Rantz at MU's Sinclair School of Nursing.

Rantz, a nursing professor who specializes in geriatrics, received national recognition Tuesday when she was admitted into the Institute of Medicine, an independent organization that provides advice to healthcare professionals and the public. 

Members of the institute are nominated based on distinguished professional achievement. 

"They are asked to look at important healthcare issues in America," Flesner said. "They find the best minds."

Rantz has worked in a variety of roles at MU's nursing school since 1992. She researches quality of care and quality of life in long-term care settings for seniors. According to a news release, Rantz has played an important role in implementing a model for at home care, called Aging in Place. She is Aging in Place director at TigerPlace. 

Amy Vogelsmeier, assistant professor at the school of nursing, has known Rantz since attending graduate school in the mid-1990s. Vogelsmeier said Rantz has been committed to improving the care of the elderly for as long as she has known her. 

"She has never wavered this since I have known her," Vogelsmeier said. "Particularly in nursing home care."

Rantz's colleagues say this appointment will lead to recognition for her outstanding research and for the entire nursing department. 

"It is not uncommon that when I travel and people find out where I'm from, they ask me if I know her," Vogelsmeier said. "She is very well connected, well recognized."

Supervising editor is Jacob Kirn.

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