Dr. María de los Ángeles Ortega Hernández serves as Director of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center (MWC) since 2014 after functioning as Interim Director in 2013. Dr. Ortega’s position began in 2011 while practicing as a board certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP-BC). Shortly after she was selected as the clinical director, a role she maintains today while leading the clinical practice and financial operation of the Center. As MWC Director, Dr. Ortega continues her practice as a clinician specializing in Gerontology, Psychiatry and Mental Health caring for aging adults through the diagnosis, treatment, and management of acute and chronic conditions, as well as providing integrated mental health care for persons with mental health, co-morbid mental and physical conditions, and those experiencing behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia in collaboration with formal and informal caregivers. Her practice experience encompasses memory disorder clinic and nursing rehabilitation facilities (skilled nursing, post-acute, and long-term care). While in caring service to the MWC clients, students, staff, and community, Dr. Ortega continues her scholarly endeavors towards improving health outcomes of older adults transitioning from the hospital to the skilled nursing facilities post open heart surgery and with cognitive impairment. Enhancing and sustaining specialized long-term care services and supports through excellence in clinical practice and integrated care coordination remains the focus of Dr. Ortega’s continuing post-doctoral work. She has initiated or participated in receiving 22 external-funded grants in the areas of Alzheimer’s disease, home-based care, and community outreach. Her philanthropic efforts since 2017 have raised $3.3 million supporting the MWC.
Dr. Ortega leads and facilitates various clinical practicum experiences at the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center for RN-BSN students, graduate, and post graduate students from Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.
Dr. Ortega’s innovative thinking and demonstrated leadership in clinical care, research and policy development, have resulted in healthcare advances for Latinos and other vulnerable populations in the United States and globally.
Dr. Ortega facilitates and leads various clinical practicum experiences at the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center for RN-BSN students and Graduate students from Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.
- 2018 - Present – Associate Professor, Practice Teaching Track
- 2014 - Present - Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science (Secondary)
- 2013 – Present - Assistant Professor of Nursing Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
- 2012 – 2013 - Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing Faculty Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
- 2011 – Present - Full Time Faculty: Assistant Professor in Advanced Practice Nursing Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
- 2006 – 2011 - Adjunct Clinical Faculty Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
2015: Alzheimer's Disease Initiative - Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) Project Awarded on August 31, 2015 for 3 year time period (September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2018), Project Title: Bridging the Gap: Providing Specialized Dementia Care and Supportive Services through Community Partnerships; Role: Principal Investigator (BGDCS-CP)($1,327,853.00 including Federal + Non-Federal share)
2013, 2014, 2015: Florida Department of Elder Affairs Alzheimer’s Disease (FLDEA); Alzheimer’s disease Initiative- Memory Disorder Clinic; Florida Department of Elder Affairs-State; Role: Project Director ($213,904.94 annually)
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016: Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation; Role: Project Director (2013, 2014, 2015: $9,860; 2016: $20,000)
Hain, D., Ortega, M. & Valentine, K. (2012). Fall prevention program for Community Residing Older Adults.
Chapters in books:
2016: Hain, Ortega, & Touhy: Chapter: 29: Care of Individuals with Neurocognitive Disorders; in Ebersole & Hess’s Toward Healthy Aging: Human Needs & Nursing Response. Touhy/Jett; Ninth Edition.
2015, February: Clues to Successful Recruitment and Implementation of Falls Study Involving Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment. Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, February 26-28, Tampa, FL
2015: MAGEC IGT Module: FAU
2015: Geriatric Training Institute: Collaborating for Quality Care; April 30th; Shaping Perceptions of Biopsychosocial Dementia Care with Interprofessional Collaboration. Nova Southeastern University, Eight Annual Interprofessional Conference. Fort Lauderdale, FL
2015: American Geriatric Society/AGS: Uncovering and Exploring Learners’ Views of Biopsychosocial Dementia Care. Baltimore
2015: National Association of Hispanic Nursing (NAHN): Design and Implementation of a Hispanic Day Center Program in an Academic Nurse Managed Center (July): Anaheim, California
2015: Gerontological Society of America: GSA: PCORI: Resident and Family Evaluation of the Decision Aid, “Go to the Hospital or Stay Here? A Decision Guide for Patients and Families”. Orlando, FL
2014, May: Ortega, M., Hain, D. Best Practices for Transitions of Care - Leading the Way Caring for Older Adults. Florida Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association CEU Symposium, Orlando, Florida
2013: MAGEC conference: April. Transitions in Care
2013: September: Elder Concert Seminar: FAU Memory and Wellness Center
2013: Medication Issues for the Older Adult with Dementia: Self Preservation Activities: Caregiver Support Services
2012: Transitions in Care. Intensive Geriatric Training: Nursing Module April 27. Florida Atlantic University. Louis & Anne Green Memory & Wellness Center
2016-2018: Board of Directors (2-year-term) – National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
2015: Nurse of the Year – Palm Healthcare – Heart of Gold Nursing Celebration
2011: Omicron Delta Kappa Society/ National Leadership Honor Society; FAU
2006: Clinical Excellence Award; Sigma Theta Tau International; FAU
2000-2001: Academic Year: Brotherhood of Ten Scholarship Award; FAU
2000: Certificate of Academic Excellence; presented by IMPAC (Individuals Making Personal and Academic Contributions); FAU
2000: Senior Scholarship Award Recipient; in recognition of “superior scholastic attainments and outstanding academic merit,” presented by Golden Key National Honor Society (FAU)
- ADN, Moraine Valley Community College, 1989
- BSN, Florida Atlantic University, 2000
- MS: ARNP, GNP-BC, CNS, Florida Atlantic University, 2006
- DNP, Florida Atlantic University, 2011
- PMHNP Post Graduate & Specialty Degree, John Hopkins School of Nursing, 2017