"Careers in Aging" is Topic of Lecture by
N.J. Assistant Commissioner at MCCC April 13


West Windsor, N.J. -- Patricia A. Polansky, assistant commissioner for the Division of Aging and Community Services in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, will discuss "Careers in the Field of Aging." Career opportunities are growing steadily due to the large number of baby boomers reaching retirement age and the improved medical technologies that are resulting in longer life spans. Her talk takes place at Mercer County Community College on Tuesday, Apr. 13, 12 noon, in the Communications Building, CM 110, on MCCC's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. Free and open to the public, it is presented as part of the college's Distinguished Lecture Series for the spring 2010 semester.

With a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors in health care, hospital management and policy-making, Polansky is overseeing a fundamental shift in New Jersey's long-term care policy for older adults and persons with disabilities across all incomes. The transformation is focused on giving people more control over their care and providing additional support for community living.

Patricia Polansky

Polansky is working to rebalance the state's long-term care system under a global budget initiative, moving public funding from institutional to community care. Her responsibilities include overseeing the Offices of Community Education and Wellness, Community Choice Options, Community Programs, Area Agencies on Aging Administration, and the Public Guardian and Elder Rights.

Polansky is the immediate past president of the National Association of the State Units on Aging. Previously, Polansky was executive director of the N.J. Board of Nursing under the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety. Prior to that, she co-founded The Millennium Group-Healthcare for the 21st Century, a Delaware-based consulting firm specializing in marketing for emerging and established health care companies.

Polansky has held positions both as a staff nurse and in nursing management at Presbyterian Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J., and Union Hospital in Union, N.J., where she was vice president of nursing and vice president of administration, and later, was executive vice president and chief operating officer. She holds undergraduate degrees from the Englewood Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Pennsylvania, and a master's degree in community health from Rutgers University.

To learn more about upcoming lectures at Mercer County Community College, click here or call 609-570-3324.

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