Marie A. DeFrancesco-Loukas Appointed Director of Public Relations and Patient Education
Friday, September 30, 2016 | By William Tinker | No Comments
Marie A. DeFrancesco-Loukas, is a RN, MSN, CRNP, CRNA Marie joins our Board with over 22 years of experience as a healthcare professional. She began her career in Pediatrics and took care of children with renal disease at Mt. Sinai in New York. Her duties included caring for inpatient dialysis patients. At Columbia-Presbyterian Marie worked in the Pediatric ICU and cared for critically-ill children in acute and chronic Renal Failure and was a Prisma (CVVHD) instructor; which is a continuous form of dialysis. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Wagner College, Master of Science from Wagner College as a Family NP, Post-Master’s from Stonybook as a Pediatric NP, Post-Master’s
Additional Training as a Critical Care NP from Columbia, as well as a Post-Master’s degree from Villanova University as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). She is triple-boarded as a PNP, FNP, and CRNA. Aside from her clinical experience, Marie also has been a faculty member of Villanova’s School of Nurse Anesthesia since 2009. She speaks at conferences and shares her knowledge to improve the care of patients. Her areas of expertise include Renal Disease, Fluids & Electrolytes, Blood Transfusions, Infectious Disease, and Endocarditis. Marie continues to care for patients with Renal disease and her current position entails providing Anesthesia for Kidney Transplant patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital where she is the Clinical Lead of Neuro-Anesthesia, Trauma, and Ortho-Spine Surgery. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, Marie treated adult patients with hypertension and kidney disease. Marie also previously served as a SAFE Nurse at Harrisburg Hospital where she advocated for victims of abuse, collected evidence, and testified in court on behalf of her patients. She is well-versed in medicine, nursing, healthcare billing, as well as the standards of care for Renal patients. Her journey to Dialysis Advocates stems from caring for a family member with End Stage Renal Disease. She finds herself today in a unique position armed with years of experience; upon which she is dedicating her knowledge, time, and compassion to helping others. As she looks back at her career, Marie has chosen to path to “Pay it Forward”
We Welcome and Thank her.