Eileen M. Sullivan Marx

Eileen M Sullivan Marx

Erline Perkins McGriff Professor

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433 First Avenue
Room 618
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Eileen Sullivan-Marx, is dean of the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing and the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing. She assumed the deanship at NYU in 2012 after a distinguished career at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing where she was the Shearer Endowed Term Chair, Professor of Scholarly Practice, and Associate Dean for Practice & Community Affairs. She is a distinguished nursing leader, educator and clinician known for research and innovative approaches in primary care, testing methods of payment for nurses particularly with Medicaid and Medicare, sustaining models of care using advanced practice nurses locally and globally, and developing health policy in community-based settings. With a strong belief in the integration of practice, research, education, and interdisciplinary team work, Dr. Sullivan-Marx has built and sustained models of team care including a private family practice, growing a Program of All Inclusive Care for Elders (PACE) from 75 persons to 525 persons in five years that saved the state of Pennsylvania fifteen cents on the dollar in Medicaid funding, and launched numerous older adult team programs in academic centers as well as the Veterans Administration. Dr. Sullivan-Marx has been on numerous community planning and advisory boards including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Patient and Safety Board from 2009-2012.

She was the first nurse to serve as the American Nurses Association representative to the American Medical Association’s Resource Based Relative Value Update Committee and did so for 11 years, demonstrating through research that nurse practitioner and physician work can be valued equally in that payment structure. Dr. Sullivan-Marx has been active in regional, state, and national policy. She has served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on Senior Care Services in 2008, as a member of the Philadelphia Emergency Preparation Review Commission in 2006, and as an American Political Science Congressional Fellow and Senior Advisor to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Medicaid and Medicare Coordination in 2010, just after passage of the Affordable Care Act. As part of this position, she worked to bring promising models of care to scale such as the PACE Programs. She is a former member of the American Academy of Nursing’s (AAN) Board of Directors and is currently an AAN Edge Runner. Dr. Sullivan-Marx is a Fellow in both the New York Academy of Medicine and the Gerontology Society of America.

Among the numerous awards that she has received are the international Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Best of Image research award (1993) and its excellence in practice award (2011), the Springer Publishing Research Award, the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award. She is a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

Dean Sullivan-Marx began her nursing career in 1972 in Philadelphia, earned a BSN (1976) from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS (1980) from the University of Rochester School of Nursing as a family health nurse practitioner. She received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1995. Her nurse practitioner career was exemplified by forging and sustaining primary care practices which she successfully and uniquely integrated into her academic research and teaching career.

PhD in Gerontology(1995) - University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
MS, Family Health Nurse Clinician(1980) - University of Rochester School of Nursing Rochester, NY
BSN(1976) - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Nursing Diploma(1972) - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
Honors and awards
Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award, Gerontological Society of America (2013)
Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (2011)
Distinguished Alumni Award, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing (2011)
Dean’s Professional Practice Award, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing (2011)
Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Advocacy-Legislative Award (2010)
Eastern Nursing Research Society, The John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Research Award (2008)
(to 2012) American Academy of Nursing Edge Runner Designation (2006)
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing Undergraduate Student Advising Award (2002)
University of Rochester, School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award (2001)
Springer Publishing Company Research Award for most outstanding project, “Relative Work Values of Nurse Practitioner Services,” American Nurses Association Council for Nursing Research 1998 Research Utilization Conference (1998)
Sigma Theta Tau International Best of Image Award for scholarly excellence in research, "Functional Status Outcomes of a Nursing Intervention in Hospitalized Elderly" (1993)
Ethel F. Lord Fellowship, Soroptomist Organization scholarship for graduate study in field of gerontology (1993)
Pennsylvania Nurses' Association, Nursing Practice Award (1986)
Louise Wilson Haller Memorial Prize for Excellence in Professional Nursing University of Rochester, School of Nursing (1980)
Home care
Professional membership
Herman Briggs Society, NY (2013)
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America (2013)
Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine (2012)
Health and Aging Policy Fellow, Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation (2010-2012)
Board Member, American Academy of Nursing (Elected) (2011-2013)
American Geriatrics Society
Faculty Fellow, Penn Institute for Urban Research (2009-2012)
Research Associate, Penn Institute for Urban Research University of Pennsylvania (2004-2012)
Society of Primary Care Policy Fellows (2004-2005)
Department of Health & Human Services Primary Care Health Policy Fellowship (2004)
Society for Advancement of Nursing Science (2000-2007)
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Fellow (selected), American Academy of Nursing
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics University of Pennsylvania
American College of Nurse Practitioners
Fellow, Institute on Aging, University of Pennsylvania
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (1995-2003)
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (1990-1995)
Gerontological Society of America
Sigma Theta Tau, Xi Chapter
American Nurses Association
Pennsylvania Nurses Association

The patient protection and affordable care act: implications for geriatric nurses and patients.

Brody, A., & Sullivan-Marx, E. M. (2012). Journal of gerontological nursing 38, (3-5). 10.3928/00989134-20121008-01

Recruitment and retention strategies among older African American women enrolled in an exercise study at a PACE program.

Sullivan-Marx, E. M., Mangione, K. K., Ackerson, T., Sidorov, I., Maislin, G., Volpe, S. L., & Craik, R. (2011). The Gerontologist 51 Suppl 1, (S73-81). 10.1093/geront/gnr001

This study examined employment of specific recruitment and retention strategies in a study evaluating outcomes of a moderate activity exercise program for older African American women with functional impairments attending a Program for All-Inclusive Care of Elders (PACE).

Developing a financial framework for academic service partnerships: models of the United States and Europe.

De Geest, S., Sullivan Marx, E. M., Rich, V., Spichiger, E., Schwendimann, R., Spirig, R., & Van Malderen, G. (2010). Journal of nursing scholarship : an official publication of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 42, (295-304). 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2010.01355.x

Academic service partnerships (ASPs) are structured linkages between academe and service which have demonstrated higher levels of innovation. In the absence of descriptions in the literature on financial frameworks to support ASPs, the purpose of this paper is to present the supporting financial frameworks of a Swiss and a U.S. ASP.

Innovative collaborations: a case study for academic owned nursing practice.

Sullivan-Marx, E. M., Bradway, C., & Barnsteiner, J. (2010). Journal of nursing scholarship : an official publication of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 42, (50-7). 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2009.01324.x

Academic service partnerships are critical for schools of nursing to maintain credibility regarding their missions of education, research, service, and practice.

Exercise among urban-dwelling older adults at risk for health disparities.

Sullivan-Marx, E. M., Cuesta, C. L., & Ratcliffe, S. J. (2008). Research in gerontological nursing 1, (33-41). 10.3928/19404921-20080101-07

This study assessed factors that contribute to exercise in older adults at risk for health disparities living in a predominantly African American urban community. A local health database was used to gain an understanding of these factors, which then could be used to develop programs to improve health within a specific urban community. The sample included 112 participants (mean age = 81); the majority were women and African American. Participants were more likely to exercise if not insured by Medicaid, compared with those who did receive Medicaid. Adults with two or more limitations in instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) were less likely to exercise. Among those who exercised, those with two or more limitations in IADLs were more likely to exercise less than adults with no such limitations, and adults with high blood pressure were more likely to exercise less than those without high blood pressure. The findings of this study will help generate discussion in both the community and outreach programs to invigorate exercise among older adults at risk for health disparities.

Lessons learned from advanced practice nursing payment.

Sullivan-Marx, E. M. (2008). Policy, politics & nursing practice 9, (121-6). 10.1177/1527154408318098

For more than 25 years, advanced practice nurses have been incrementally included as a part of the health care financing structure. Following physician payment revisions at the federal level, advanced practice nurses were overtly recognized as Medicare providers and have participated in the establishment of current procedural terminology codes and the subsequent relative work values associated with payment. Success in this regard has been the result of business, political, and policy savvy that has important lessons for moving forward in any health care restructuring for both nurses and advanced practice nurses. Principles of valuing nurse work, time, and intensity in the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale are discussed with implications for future opportunities of measuring nursing work and any potential relationship to quality outcomes of care.

Delirium and Physical Restraint in the Hospitalized Elderly

Sullivan-Marx, E.M. (2007). Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship 26, (295-300). 10.1111/j.1547-5069.1994.tb00337.x Wiley-Blackwell.

Functional Status Outcomes of a Nursing Intervention in Hospitalized Elderly

Wanich, C.K., Sullivan-Marx, E.M., Gottlieb, G.L., & Johnson, J.C. (2007). Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship 24, (201-208). 10.1111/j.1547-5069.1992.tb00719.x Wiley-Blackwell.

Practice patterns and potential solutions to the shortage of providers of older adult mental health services.

Hanrahan, N. P., & Sullivan-Marx, E. M. (2005). Policy, politics & nursing practice 6, (236-45). 10.1177/1527154405279195

Little is known about the contribution of advanced practice nurses (APNs) to the mental health care of older adults. This study describes mental health services to older adults by APNs compared with primary care physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. The study uses a retrospective, cross-sectional design with a 5% national sample of 1999 Medicare outpatient claims. Bivariate statistics and multinomial logit models were used to determine differences among these mental health providers. A small proportion of the nationally available providers (10.4%) submitted claims for mental health services rendered to older adults. APNs, psychiatrists, and primary care physicians care for a disproportionate number of rural and poor older adults with complex medical/psychiatric needs compared with psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. APNs seem to be an untapped resource for providing mental health services to older adults. Health policy reform is needed to remove barriers to meet mental health care needs.

Comparison of Nurse Practitioner and Family Physician Relative Work Values

Sullivan-Marx, E.M., & Maislin, G. (2004). Journal of Nursing Scholarship 32, (71-76). 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2000.00071.x Wiley-Blackwell.

Delirium in the Medically Ill Elderly: Operationalizing the DSM-III Criteria

Gottlieb, G.L., Johnson, J., Wanich, C., & Sullivan, E. (2004). International Psychogeriatrics 3, (181-196). 10.1017/s1041610291000650 Cambridge University Press (CUP).

Predictors of continued physical restraint use in nursing home residents following restraint reduction efforts.

Sullivan-Marx, E. M., Strumpf, N. E., Evans, L. K., Baumgarten, M., & Maislin, G. (1999). Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 47, (342-8).

To examine predictors of continued restraint use in nursing home residents following efforts aimed at restraint reduction.

Nurse practitioner services: content and relative work value.

Sullivan-Marx, E. M., Happ, M. B., Bradley, K. J., & Maislin, G. Nursing outlook 48, (269-75). 10.1067/mno.2000.109062

The resource-based relative value scale is used to quantify work for reimbursement of services in the Medicare Fee Schedule. This pilot study explored use of the resource-based relative value scale for services provided by nurse practitioners. Estimation of relative work values for office visits by nurse practitioners was consistent with the Medicare Fee Schedule. Content analysis revealed that nurse practitioners provide additional services including comprehensive patient evaluation and education and attendance to social factors. Future research is needed to examine systems that identify and reimburse nurse practitioners for their services.