"MUSC Nurses Change Lives"
College of Nursing Faculty
Ann D. Hollerbach, Ph.D., RN
Medical University of South Carolina
College of Nursing
99 Jonathan Lucas Street
Charleston, SC 29425-1600
Telephone: (843) 792-4624
Fax: (843) 792-2099
Dr. Ann D. Hollerbach is a tenured Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and an associate member of the faculty of the College of Graduate Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Hollerbach received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, a Master if Nursing degree from Emory University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hollerbach also received a certificate in Faith Community Nursing and is recognized as a Faculty member and Consultant through the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. She is currently a certified Instructor of BLS, having offered programs in churches and the community for over 30 years. Her clinical and research interests include adult health, simulation, health disparities and faith community nursing.
Dr. Hollerbach has received various awards while on faculty at the College of Nursing to include the Outstanding Faculty Award, New Investigator Award from the Gamma Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the SC Palmetto Gold Award in 2004, the SC Nurses' Association President's Award 2004 and Women of Distinction Award 2005.
Throughout her career, Dr. Hollerbach has been focused on assisting the vulnerable and underserved in the rural areas of SC. Through Faith Community Nursing (FCN) she has been able to impact on access to health care in the State, through an educational program for registered nurses. She was Co-PI of the grant team for the first Parish Nurse Program through Lutheran Homes of SC and assisted in the development of the curriculum. Along with 2 colleagues she has educated over 335 Faith Community Nurses since 1997 from 15 states, to work within their congregations as paid or volunteer FCNs, focusing on health promotion/prevention, education, and access to care. She is responsible for developing, marketing, and overseeing the curriculum for the FCN Program. She has introduced many nursing students, registered nurses and community groups to Faith Community Nursing, as well as to health promotion/health prevention. Recognizing that the needs for the citizens of SC would not be met with the volunteer Registered Nurses, she initiated a grant for funding to train Health Directors for the 609 AME Churches of the 7th Episcopal District of the AME Church. Working very closely with the Director of Health of the 7th Episcopal District of the AME Church, she developed the plan and training manual and videotape series for the Health Directors' train-the-trainer program in 2004. Approximately 500 churches now have a Health Director in charge of their health programs, reaching the majority of their 200,000 congregants.
Other foundation grants have focused on expansion of the Faith Community Nurse Program to include mentoring of new Faith Community Nurses, development of advanced on-line training for health care professionals, as well as retreats for FCN who relentlessly give to their practice.