Rhonda Moran Whitmeyer, BSN, RN, is an award-winning healthcare journalist with extensive experience in writing (print and web), photography, layout and design, as well as grantwriting and healthcare marketing.
A native of Houston, she grew up in neighboring Brazoria County and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches with a bachelor's degree in journalism and English.
Her career has been a blend of newspaper journalism (The Angleton Times 1978-81; The Brazosport Facts, 1987-2002) and hospital marketing and public relations (UTMB Health Angleton Danbury Campus 1982-86; Sweeny Community Hospital, 2003-07). Specializing in healthcare communications, she earned a BSN cum laude from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing in 2002 and worked first at Houston Methodist Hospital, then the Emergency Department at Sweeny Community Hospital, where she achieved trauma nurse and ACLS certifications. SCH is a Level IV Trauma Center and regional affiliate of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.
While at SCH, Whitmeyer volunteered to write grants, successfully securing funds for a new ambulance, the hospital’s first teleradiography equipment, and a wide range of equipment for the hospital’s new emergency department — part of a $10 million expansion project that also created The Fountains, SCH’s assisted-living facility. She concurrently served as SCH’s community relations director, creating the hospital district’s first website, updating or creating patient-education materials for The Fountains and SCH’s many off-site clinics, and serving as media spokesperson.
Whitmeyer joined the staff of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston in 2007 as communications specialist and has been promoted twice to her current role of communications manager. At UTSD, she is responsible for a biweekly electronic newsletter for employees and students; the school’s website and social media content; communications for the dean; an annual print magazine for alumni; and a free-ranging assortment of special assignments, such as researching and providing content for the school’s historical galleries. She also supports the university’s Offices of Development, Public Affairs and Media Relations as needed.
She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Texas Nurses Association.