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J. Michelle Moccia DNP, ANP-BC, CCRN
Program Director, Senior Emergency Center

Nurse Practitioner Michelle Moccia is the program director of Michigan’s first-ever Senior ER Center, which opened in July 2010 at St. Mary Mercy Hospital. Michelle has been a Registered Nurse (RN) since 1975 and a Critical Care Registered Nurse since 1983, shortly after earning the RN of the Year award at Annapolis Hospital in Wayne, Michigan. She has devoted more than three decades of her life to emergency room nursing, nurse training and the partnering with EMS agencies, community groups and senior care centers to promote the wellness and special care needs of seniors.

Her passion for leadership and teaching others how to care for seniors and other emergency room patients has led to dozens of speaking engagements locally and nationally, as well as being published multiple times in national medical journals.

In 2013, Michelle earned the Distinguished Alumna of the Year Award from Eastern Michigan University Nursing College of Health and Human Services and the Excellence in Clinical Practice Award from the Great Lakes Chapter of Gernontological spelling Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association; Community Award (2014) National GAPNA.

She currently holds a monthly group "STARForUM" (Safe Transition of All Residents For yoU and Me) working with professionals in Aged-Care Facilities, Home Health Care (licensed and unlicensed); Social Workers, Case Managers, Hospice, EMS, ER nurses, and other professionals passionate in improving transition of care and the health of our population. (or something like this)

Background and Training:

  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan
  • Master of Science in Nursing with Graduate Certificate in Health Care Systems, Eastern Michigan University
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, Madonna University, Livonia, Michigan
  • Associates Degree in Nursing, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Michigan
  • Geriatric Emergency Nursing Education and Geriatric Resource Nurse Certification

Professional Membership:

  • Chair of Chapter Leadership for National GAPNA
  • Past-President of Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses’ Association Great Lakes Chapter
  • Member of Special Interest Group "Hospice and Palliative Care" National GAPNA
  • Member of Special Interest Group "Long Term Care: GAPNA
  • Member of Special Interest Group "Research Committee" GAPNA
  • Member of Michigan Nursing Action Coalition
  • Member of MPRO Consumer Advisory Pane
  • Michigan Nurse Practitioner Association (MICNP)
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurse
  • Emergency Nurse Association
  • Chairperson Education/Research, Care Transitions Coalition Southeast Michigan Committee

Rose Urbano-Spencer    
Senior ER Social Worker

Rose Urbano-Spencer, MSW, has a wide variety of experience putting people first in both hospital and community settings, with a career focused on serving seniors and their unique needs. Rose has worked at St. Mary Mercy since 2014 as a Social Work Case Manager, overseeing patient rehabilitation, home care needs, assigning community resources and helping with the psychological adjustments of aging and illness recovery, among many other duties to serve patients.

Rose’s background, which extends over two decades, includes work with the State of Michigan, Department of Human Services, senior research and counseling families on issues ranging from finances to quality of life. 

Rose has worked in the St. Mary Mercy Senior ER since October 2015, helping develop its senior resources packets.

Background and Training:

  • Master of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Bachelor of Sociology & Social Work, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Professional Membership:

  • National Association of Social Workers