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Press Release: Vicky Rosa named Executive Director of WKU Health Services

Vicky Rosa named executive director of WKU HealthServices

Vicky Rosa will be the new executive director of WKU Health Services beginning Monday (July 18).

She was the director of Butler University Health Services for 13 years before accepting the WKU position.

Rosa is a registered nurse and has worked in the coronary unit of St. Francis Hospital for two years. Then she served three years as the assistant head nurse at the Methodist Hospital Trauma Center, which led to her 15-year tenure as the practice administrator at the Methodist Medical Group.

Rosa said she was attracted to WKU because of all the offerings Health Services provided, especially how services are provided to all students, faculty, staff and their families. Patient visits are up 5.6 percent for the first half of 2011 and up 86.8 percent since 2006.

"A student, employee or their family may utilize the service as their primary care facility," Rosa said. "The fact that you don't need to send someone off campus is wonderful."

"This is just a wonderful opportunity and I'm honored that I was asked to come to WKU to work," Rosa said.

While at Butler University, Rosa advocated many progressive changes in the university health services system, including collaborating with the Student Government Association to raise funds for health services, helping develop an immunization tracking compliance system that raised compliance from 25 percent to 99 percent, and beginning a Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, Awareness Program on campus.

Rosa said her communication and networking skills have given her opportunities to make national and local speeches on issues like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), HPV and sexually transmitted infections.

Rosa is a member of the American College Health Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Mid-America College Health Association and the American Nurses Association.

"College health has allowed me to bring together all of my experiences as a RN and health administrator to provide health and wellness to our students," Rosa said.

Rosa said her background in critical care, emergency and trauma along with her experiences at two multi-specialty healthcare facilities have given her an appreciation for the mind, body and spirit.

Contact: Terri Cunningham, (270) 745-3491.


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