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Rita Rhoads

Rita Rhoads, American family nurse practitioner, women's health nurse, nurse midwife. Certified family nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife. Named Woman of Distinction, Soroptimists, 1992; recipient March of Dimes award for excellence in maternal-child health, 1993. Member American College Nurse Midwives, National Association Childbearing Centers, Millersville University Nursing Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi.

Background

  • Rhoads, Rita was born on October 21, 1953 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Ervin C. and Jeannette M. (Whetstone) Rhoads.

  • Education

    • Diploma, St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, 1974. Bachelor of science in nursing, Millersville (Pennsylvania) University, 1987.

    Career

    • Staff nurse Community Hospital of Lancaster. District nurse Frontier Nursing Service, Hyden, Kentucky. Director midwifery Birth Care and Family Health Services, Quarryville, Pennsylvania, since 1978, also board directors, president, 1993-1994.

      Founder 1st out-of-hospital birth center in Pennsylvania, 1978. Participant research study on safety of out-of-hospital birth center National Association Childbearing Centers, 1989.

    Major achievements

    • Certified family nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife.

    Membership

    Member American College Nurse Midwives, National Association Childbearing Centers, Millersville University Nursing Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi.

    Connections

    • Married Juan Carlos Martinez, August 28, 1982 (deceased 1995). Children: Juan G., Carlos, J. Ervin, Rosa, Manuel. Married Juan Miguel Avila, April 20, 1996.
    • father: Ervin C. Rhoads
    • mother: Jeannette M. (Whetstone) Rhoads
    • spouses: Juan Carlos Martinez
    • Juan Miguel Avila
    • children: Juan G. Rhoads
    • Carlos Rhoads
    • J. Ervin Rhoads
    • Rosa Rhoads
    • Manuel Rhoads
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    Born October 21, 1953
    (age 64)
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