This honor, presented by GSA's Health Sciences Section, is given to a member of the Society in recognition of outstanding and sustained contribution to gerontological nursing research. Naylor will receive the award at GSA's 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in November.
Among her accomplishments, Naylor developed the Transitional Care Model, which utilizes nurses to reduce hospital readmissions among elderly patients after they have been discharged. As many as one-third of re-hospitalizations are considered preventable, so reducing readmissions not only improves patients’ quality of life, but reduces health care costs.
In addition to her work with INQRI, Naylor is 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. Naylor leads an interdisciplinary program of research designed to improve the quality of care, decrease unnecessary hospitalizations, and reduce health care costs for vulnerable community-based elders.
Naylor was also the 2012 recipient of GSA's Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging.