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WRC Speaker Series: "Alumnae in Action - Living the Loyola Legacy"

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Contact: Karen Reichard · · 504-864-7881

Location: Thomas Hall, Whitney Bank Presentation Room

From a perspective of the importance of self-determination and the right to quality care, this presentation will focus on the scope and impact of low health literacy as well as the contributing factors that create the chasm that can exist between patients and providers.  It will also examine the principles of Healthcare Service Excellence.

Ecoee Rooney, RN ’92 (BA), with a minor in Women's Studies, ’05 (MSN)
works for the Interim LSU Public Hospital as the Director of Education and Team Lead for Professional Development for the LSU Health Care Services Division.  She has been a Registered Nurse since 1999 and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner since early in 2000.  She served as the Rape Crisis Network Chair in 2005 and was instrumental in helping rebuild sexual assault services in New Orleans after Katrina.

She has served as an advocate for the needs of people with disabilities, and sees the importance of acknowledging the vast needs of vulnerable and underserved populations in addressing the healthcare needs of the whole. 

She has spoken to international audiences about health literacy and its impact on the individual and the healthcare system.  She recognizes the concept of compassion fatigue as a symptom of individuals working in an over-burdened and staggering healthcare system and as one underlying cause of healthcare “heart” failure.


  • Mass Communication
  • Nursing
  • Women's Resource Center