Faculty | Online B.S. HIM

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Position: Asst Professor/Chair, HIIM - Department Chair
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 625-4931
E-Mail: RSandefe@css.edu
Website: View

 

Introduction / Background
MA University of Wyoming
BA University of Wyoming
Certified Professional In Health Information Technology (CPHIT)
 
Ryan Sandefer received both his BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Wyoming. He is currently working toward his PhD in Health Informatics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Ryan has also earned a Certification in Health Information Technology (CPHIT).
 
Ryan began his career conducting research on health information exchange and telehealth at the University of Wyoming’s Center for Rural Health Research and Education.  While at the University of Wyoming, Ryan served as lead researcher for the Wyoming Healthcare Commission’s health workforce study. In 2008, Ryan took a position with the College of St. Scholastica’s Center for Healthcare Innovation where he worked as research coordinator and project manager for several rural health information technology research projects, including projects related to voice recognition within the EHR, evidence-based resources at the point of care, and quality reporting directly from the EHR.  
 

 
Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations
Ryan is Chair and Assistant Professor for the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. He teaches Technology Applications in Healthcare, Monitoring and Evaluating Health Programs, and Applied Research Methods. Ryan is an active member with the American Health Information Management Association, Health Information Management Systems Society, and the American Medical Informatics Association.
 

 
Interests / Specialties
Health Informatics
 
Health Information Technology Usability
 
HIT Implementation Best Practices
 
EHR Quality Measures Reporting
 
EHR Certification Standards
 
 

Recent Publications
Sandefer, Ryan. (2011, November 17). Meaningful Use: An Update from the Trenches. Northeast Minnesota Health Information Management Association, Duluth, MN.
 
Sandefer, Ryan, Brooke Palkie & Trina Lower. (2011, October 5). Getting to the Data for Direct Quality Reporting. AHIMA National Convention, Salt Lake City, UT.
 
Witrak, Marty, Ryan Sandefer and Shirley Eichenwald Maki. (June 25, 2011). Meaningful Use and Quality Reporting: Informing Practice, Improving Education. Rutgers College of Nursing 29th Annual International Nursing Technology Conference, Cambridge, MA.
 
Sandefer, Ryan and Pamela Oachs (2011, July 26). Meaningful Use: Bridging the Classroom-Practice Divide. American Health Information Management Association Assembly on Education, San Antonio, TX.
 
Sandefer, Ryan (2011, June 15). REACH and Workforce Realities. Minnesota e-Health Summit, Brooklyn Park, MN.
 
Sandefer, Ryan & Melinda Machones (2011, June 15). Meaningful Use, PHRs and Patient Portals. Minnesota e-Health Summit, Brooklyn Park, MN.
 
Sandefer, Ryan. (2010, November 18). ARRA, HITECH, and Healthcare Reform: What Does it Mean for HIM? Northeast Minnesota Health Information Management Association, Duluth, MN.
 
Sandefer, Ryan. (2010, October 19). Rural Hospitals, Meaningful Use, and Quality Reporting: The Road(map) Ahead. Regional HIT Extension Center Hospital Presentation.
 
Pepper, Carolyn, Ryan Sandefer and Matt Gray. (2010). Recruiting and Retaining Physicians in Very Rural Areas. Journal of Rural Health, 26, 2, pp. 196-200.

Teaching philosophy
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them
                        Albert Einstein
 
Hard writing makes easy reading
                        Wallace Stegner
Position: Asst Professor, HIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 625-2771
E-Mail: DBrinda@css.edu

Phone: (612) 325-9742

1. Introduction / Background

BA in HIM from The College of St. Scholastica in 2003

BA in Computer Science/Information Systems from The College of St. Scholastica in 2003

MA in HIM from The College of St. Scholastica in 2006

2. Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations

Danika started her career as a Director of Health Information in a LTC Facility in Minneapolis, MN. Next, she moved to Alllina Hospitals and Clinics where she worked as a HIM Supervisor, Manager of Revenue Cycle Improvement, and a Regional Manager of Health Information Management.  In 2010, she joined the CSS HIIM Faculty as an Assistant Professor and a HIT Consultant for the REACH Program.

Professionally, Danika has been serving as a Minnesota Delegate Director for the past year on the MHIMA Board. She has also served as the Secretary of MHIMA in the past. She has been a co-chair of part of the MHIMA Annual Meeting committee 4 times in the past 6 years.

3. Interests / Specialties

Danika's interests include anything Privacy and Security related, specially related to HIPAA and HITECH.  She also is very interested EHR implementation, workflor redesign, physician engagement with an EHR, project management and Meaningful Use.

4. Recent Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Co-author with Janelle Wapola, MA, RHIA, of the chapter titled: Electronic Health Record: Applications in Practice.Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practices (4th Ed) published by the American Health Information Management Association. This text is scheduled for publication in 2012.

Recognitions:

2010 Recipient of the AHIMA Triumph Award in the Rising Star Category

5. Teaching philosophy

Danika's is still working on developing her teaching philosophy

A Personal Note

I married my college sweetheart in October 2004.  Together we are on the adventure of raising two little perfect girls, Taylor (4) and Piper (2). I love watching my children grow and learn more each and every day.  Even when life seems too much and stressful, a hug from my babies is all I need! I am a lucky mommy.

Position: Admin Assistant, HIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 723-6759
E-Mail: NCrego@css.edu

I received my Medical Secretary certificate from the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis, MN.  Following graduation, I was employed at the University of Minnesota Hospitals as Departmental Secretary to the Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine; later, I became the Office Manager of the Ashawa Clinic in Cook, MN; most recently, I have been employed as Administrative Assistant in the Health Informatics and Information Management Department, The College of St. Scholastica.

Position: Asst Professor, HIIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 625-2790
E-Mail: kkerr@css.edu
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Katie Kerr, MA, RHIA is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management. She received her BA in Health Information Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, in 2002. She received her Master of Arts in Health Information Management with concentration in Health Care Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN in 2007. Katie's Final Applied Project was “A Change Management Plan for an Electronic Health Record Implementation Project at Pine Medical Center.”
 
Prior to becoming a full-time HIIM faculty member, Katie was an Adjunct Instructor for the Department of HIIM and the IT Manager for FirstLight Health System based in Mora, MN. In her role as IT Manager, Katie oversaw the implementation of FirstLight's electronic health record, ancillary applications, phone system, IT Department operations and Meaningful Use achievement. Katie also taught for Rasmussen College as an Online Adjunct Instructor from 2008 to 2010. At Rasmussen College, Katie taught Management of Health Information Services, Quality Analysis and Management and Basic ICD-9-CM Coding.  Prior to joining FirstLight Health System, Ms. Kerr worked at Essentia Health - Sandstone as the Manager of Health Information for six years and as the IT Manager for one year.
 
Ms. Kerr is a member of AHIMA and MHIMA. She also served as a member of the Pine Technical College Coding Specialist/Transcription Program Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2007. Ms. Kerr has a special interest in Meaningful Use, EHR implementation workflow analysis and redesign, patient privacy and security, health information exchange and telemedicine. 
Presentations Include:
o         College of St. Scholastica, 4232 Ambulatory Reimbursement course guest speaker, Fall 2009 ~ “The Charge Description Master”
o         NEMHIMA Co-Presenter, November 2009 ~ “EHR Adoption: Kanabec Hospital’s Roadmap to EMRAM Stage 6”
o         E-Health Summit, June 2010 ~ “Meaningful Use Achievement: How Do We Get There?”
o         College of St. Scholastica, Center for HealthCare Innovation, Summer 2010 Conference ~ “Meaningful Use Achievement: How Do We Get There?”
o         HRSA, January 2011 ~ “Tips for Conducting Workflow Analysis During a Health IT Implementation”
o         MHIMA, May 2011 ~ Panel “How I Got to Where I Am”
o         E-Health Summit Co-Presenter, June 2011 ~ “Getting to the Data for Direct Quality Reporting” (Quest Project)
o         MN Rural Health Conference, June 2011 ~ “REACHing for Meaningful Use”
Position: Asst Professor, HIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 723-6118
E-Mail: MLeBlanc@css.edu
Website: View
 1. Introduction / Background
 
Madonna M. LeBlanc, MA, RHIA
Assistant Professor
 
BA 1995, The College of St. Scholastica
MA 2000, The College of St. Scholastica
 
Ms. LeBlanc joined the CSS faculty in the fall of 2000, having served as Health Information Services department manager at St. Mary’s Hospital (SMHS), Superior, WI, a 42-bed critical access hospital.  She was responsible for a wide range of functions, from JC to medical staff credentialing; while at SHMS, Ms. LeBlanc served as clinical site supervisor for several CSS HIM traditional and progression students. Before joining SMHS, Ms. LeBlanc held the position of family practice peer group support and cancer registrar for the Lake Superior Cancer Registry at St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic, Duluth, MN.


 
2. Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations
 
Courses Taught by M. LeBlanc:
HIM 2101 Medical Language
HIM 2102 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics
HIM 2110 Concepts and Principles of HIM
HIM 2112 Fundamentals of HIM
HIM 2111 HIM Technologies in Practice
HIM 3132 Medicolegal Issues
HIM 3211 Classification of Health Data
HIM 3311 Managing Human Resource
HIM 4233 Health Care Systems: Issues and Perspectives
HIM 4315 Management Tools and Strategies
HSC 2209 Medical Terminology
HSC 4423 Health Care Systems: Issues and Perspectives
HSC 4700 Health Science Leadership and Health Science Leadership Seminar
 
Associations:
American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
o  MHIMA director delegate to the AHIMA House of Delegates, Team Talks and Leadership Conferences, 2002-2008; 2013-2015
o  AHIMA personal health record (PHR) consumer education initiative CSA (MN) trainer, 2005-2009
o  Assembly on Education member, 2000-present
 
Minnesota Health Information Management Association (MHIMA)
o   Board of Directors, 2002-2005;
o   Presidency-elect, president and past president 2005-2008
 
Northeastern Minnesota Health Information Management Association (NEMHIMA); president 2002
 
Affiliations:
St. Scholastica Health Inter-professional Program (SSHIP) HIM faculty representative, 2010-present
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Medical Office Specialist Advisory Committee, 1996-present
Central States College Medical Administrative/Secretary Advisory Board, 2011-present
 
Committees:
Faculty/Student Committee faculty representative, 2006-present
LGBTQI Faculty/Staff Ally Group, 2010-present
 

 
3. Interests / Specialties
 
Interests include public service presentations pertaining to the personal health record, collaborative interdisciplinary curriculum and human resource studies.
 

 
4. Recent Publications & Presentations
           
Journal Article
 
            Journal of American Health Information Management, “Softer Skill Key to Leadership Position”, June 2003-74/6    
 
Academic Text
 
            LeBlanc, M. & White, A. (2002). Work design and performance improvement. In K. LaTour & S. Eichenwald. (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice (pp. 523-555). Chicago: AHIMA.
            LeBlanc, M. (2006). Work design and performance improvement. In K. LaTour & S. Eichenwald. (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice, (pp. 647-679). Chicago: AHIMA.
            LeBlanc, M. (2010). Human resources management. In K. LaTour & S. Eichenwald. (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice (pp. 717-739). Chicago: AHIMA.
            LeBlanc, M. & Patena, K. (2012). Human resources management. In K. LaTour, S. Eichenwald.& P. Oachs (Eds.), Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice. (pp. 717-759). Chicago: AHIMA.
 
 
Conference Proceedings/Presentations
 
        Northwest Minnesota Health Information Management Association, presenter
        Region A Fall Meeting, Fosston, MN
        MHIMA Delegate Director report
        October 10, 2013 
        
        AHIMA Assembly on Education (AoE), presenter
        Annual summer meeting, Baltimore, MD
        Promoting AHIMA's myPHR Campaign Utilizing PHRs in The College of St. Scholatica Ireland Study Abroad Program Spring Semester 2012 in an Inter-professional Course
        July 23, 2013
     
Minnesota Health Information Management Association (MHIMA), presenter
      Annual Convention, Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN
      AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
      May 8, 2009
     
      MHIMA, presenter                                                                  
      Annual Convention, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN
      AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
      May 9, 2008
 
       AHIMA AoE, co-presenter (Pamela Oachs)                      
       Annual summer meeting, Chicago, IL
                           Incorporating New Curriculum Content on Software Technologies and Infrastructure of the Personal Health Records
      July 29, 2007
                                                                           
      MHIMA, presenter                                                                 
      Annual Convention, Treasure Island Resort, Red Wing, MN
      AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
      May 11, 2007

      MHIMA presenter                                                                 

      Annual Convention, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN
      AHIMA PHR Community Education Campaign Training
      May 5, 2006
 
      MHIMA presenter                                                                
      Annual Convention, DECC, Duluth, MN
      Personal Health Record Panel
      May 13, 2005
 
      MHIMA presenter                                                                 
      Annual Convention, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN                 
      Student track presentation, “New Kids on the Block”
      May 7, 2004
 
      Delegate updates presentation                                            
      NEMHIMA, CSS, Duluth, MN
      Region B annual meeting, The College of St. Scholastica 
      November 18, 2004
                                               

 
5.  Teaching philosophy
 
Ms. LeBlanc believes learning is a continuous, collaborative engagement between teacher and student.   Teaching is learning’s correlating vocation that a teacher should approach with the intention of connecting the student experience to the practical professional application in memorable and meaningful ways.  Her goal as a teacher is to contribute to her students’ formation by providing them with applicable skills for lives of meaningful career realization.
 
                                                                                                                             
 
6. Personal note
 
I’ve been married to my college sweetheart. Larry, for 30 plus years; we are the proud parents of five children (4 boys and 1 girl) who are now adults and successfully living their own lives, with the oldest two in Chicago and the youngest three in Duluth. Music has infiltrated every one of our family members, from singing in the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra choir to resident DJs at area night clubs, here and in Chicago.
Position: Online Student Advisor, HIM
Department: Health Info. Mgmt.-Masters Prog.
Phone: (218) 723-5982
E-Mail: LMunson@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, HIM
Department: Health Info. Mgmt.-Masters Prog.
Phone: (218) 723-6409
E-Mail: POachs@css.edu

Ms. Oachs is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Information Management.   She earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Information Management and Master of Arts in Management at the College of St. Scholastica.  Prior to beginning a career in education, she spent over fifteen years in the healthcare industry in the areas of clinical quality improvement, patient access, and information technology.

Ms. Oachs teaches undergraduate and graduate students both in the classroom and online. Courses taught consist of content related to management tools and strategies, workflow and process redesign, healthcare technology, and applied research and writing.   Ms. Oachs has previously been in the role of graduate program director and is currently taking on the role of undergraduate program director in the Department. 

Ms. Oachs is an active member of AHIMA and currently is a commissioner on the Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management.  She has been a speaker at both regional HIM association meetings as well as at AHIMA’s national educator’s conference, the Assembly on Education.  She is a co-editor for the 4th edition of the premiere HIM textbook with Kathy LaTour and Shirley Eichenwald Maki.

Ms. Oachs teaching philosophy is to bring theory and academic principles into practice successfully by teaching students to think analytically and critically in the practical setting.

Position: Asst Professor, HIM
Department: HIM Progression
Phone: (218) 733-2245
E-Mail: BPalkie@css.edu
Position: Online Program Student Advisor
Department: IT Leadership
Phone: 625-4892
E-Mail: jpeterson@css.edu

Janel joined the HIIM department at the College of St. Scholastica in February, 2011 after holding a position as an Organizational Learning & Development Coordinator at Essentia Health East Region. She received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration, majoring in Health Care Management and Long Term Care Administration from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2009. Prior to and after completing her degree she worked in several health care facilities focusing in health and long term care administration, including Mercy Hospital and Health Care Center and Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet.

Janel will be working as an online advisor with our graduate programs and certificates in HIM, as well as the Master of Arts in Information Technology Leadership. As an advisor, Janel assists our online graduate students from the point of acceptance into our program, until their degrees are conferred, and often maintains relationships with these students long after they have graduated from our program. As an advisor, she works with the student to lay out a program plan that suits their needs and goals, and provides them with the information and support they need along the way. The advisor serves as the student’s point of contact for many areas, and works with the student to ensure the best possible outcome.

Position: Online Student Advisor, HIM
Department: HIM Progression
Phone: (218) 723-7096
E-Mail: GSmith@css.edu

Gwen Smith, MEd, RHIA is an advisor to students in our online undergraduate Health Information Management Program.  In addition to her advising duties Gwen also occasionally teaches in both our undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Ms. Smith  received her undergraduate degree in Health Information Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, in 1999.  She received her Masters in Education with a concentration in Online Teaching from The College of St. Scholastica in December 2012.  Her final project for her graduate degree was "The Impact Community has on Student Retention:  Developing a Sense of Community Outside the Classroom Setting". 

Prior to becoming an advisor to online HIM students in 2004, Gwen worked as a Health Information Services and Reimbursement Supervisor, overseeing the medical records and billing staff of SMDC Home Health (now Essentia), based in Duluth, MN.  Ms. Smith played a key role in preparing the department for the conversion to the Medicare prospective payment system for home health as well as leading the Quality Improvement Committee and department QI projects.  Gwen also worked for a durable medical equipment supply company in Duluth, MN.  In that position she was responsible for the human resource management of the billing staff as well as participating in the quality improvement projects for the organization.

Ms. Smith  is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)  and the Wisconsin Health Information Management Association (WHIMA). 

Position: Asst Professor, HIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 723-6156
E-Mail: JWapola@css.edu
Website: View

Introduction / Background

BA College of St. Scholastica in 1995 - MA College of St. Scholastica in 2006

Current Roles, Associations, Affiliations

Janelle started her career holding these types of jobs: HIM consulting, operations manager and release of information specialist.Upon her arrival at St. Scholastica in 2003, she became a  Technology Lead, helping to implement the academic electronic health record into the Health Sciences curriculum (The ATHENS Project).After the grant-funded, ATHENS Project was complete; Janelle became a full time faculty, teaching classes in undergraduate as well as graduate classes.

At the College, she currently serves as the faculty advisor to the Student Health Information Management Association (SHIMA) and various College committees such as the undergradate admissions, faculty/student group and various departmental committees.

Additionally she is currently a HIT Consultant for the REACH program, serving Minnesota and North Dakota. She is also a member and regularly attends AHIMA, MHIMA and NEMHIMA.

Interests / Specialties

 As she continues to be interested in the various areas associated with the (EHR):  implementation, workflow redesign, privacy & security and meaningful use, she would like to seek out more opportunities for international travel in the HIM arena.

Recent Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Co-author with Danika Brinda, MA, RHIA, of the chapter titled: Electronic Health Record: Applications in Practice.Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practices (4th Ed) published by the American Health Information Management Association.  This text was published in 2013.

Co-author of the textbook entitled, Using the EHR in the Physician Office Practice with two colleagues:  Shirley Eichenwald-Maki, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA and Bonnie Patterson, Ph.D., RHIA. This text was published in 2013.

Co-authored Case Study: The ATHENS Project: Advancing Technology in Healthcare Education Now at St. Scholastica published in Nursing and Informatics for the 21stCentury: An International Look at Practice, Trends and the Future, Second Edition. Edited by Charlotte A. Weaver, RN, PHD, FHIMSS; Connie White Delaney, PHD, RN, FAAN, FACMI; Patrick Weber, RN, MA, and Robyn L. Carr, RGON. Published by the Health Information Management Systems Society, Chicago, IL. 2010.

Speaker, AHIMA's Assembely on Education Annual Meeting, HIM, Meaninful Use and Extension Centers:  A View from the Frontline (July 2012)

Speaker, Northeast Minnesota Health Care Forum, Personal Health Records.  (June, 2012)

Participant, AHIMA Capitol Hill Day in Washington, DC.  (March 2012)  

Recognitions:

Co-recipient along with the College of St. Scholastica’s ATHENS Project Team of Health Data Management Editor’s Choice Award for Innovator of the Year for the ATHENS Project, presented at the World Health Innovation and Technology Congress (WHITv4.0) Washington, DC in 2008.

Teaching philosophy

 While developing my teaching philosophy, I believe in emphasizing a healthy balance to life, school and work.  I encourage optimism, compassion and advocacy for those in need.

A Personal Note

My personal joy is in being a mother to Tyler and Daniel and capturing life through pictures. My boys are a whirlwind of energy and knowledge and they teach me many things. The most importantly has been to stop and be in the moment! I am also excited to be a part of international travel with CSS and the HIM Department. My travels to India in January 2011 were extraordinary; visiting hospitals, villages, schools and universities. I was very fortunate to be a part of something so unique and interesting! 

Position: Asst Professor/Chair, HIM
Department: Health Info. Mgmt.-Masters Prog.
Phone: (218) 723-7094
E-Mail: AWatters@css.edu
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Ms. Watters has a BA in Health Information Administration, a MA in Health Information Management, and a Certificate in Healthcare Informatics from The College of St. Scholastica. Before moving into academia, Ms. Watters spent over 10 years in the HIM industry, working in the areas of release of information, HIM and admitting management in acute care settings, product management at a software and consulting firm, and HIPAA security at a multi-specialty physician group. She is credentialed as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and was awarded Fellowship of AHIMA in 2011.

As Director of the Health Information Management Graduate Program, Ms. Watters coordinates the activities and leads the ongoing development of the graduate program. In her role as Assistant Professor, she teaches courses at the graduate level, such as Technology Applications in Healthcare, and Applied Project Research and Writing. She is an active member of the Minnesota Health Information Management Association, as well as the Minnesota chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) for which she recently served as Member Relations Chair. She is past-president of the Northeastern Minnesota Health Information Management Association, and has served on the AHIMA Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Ms. Watters personal interest lies in life-long learning. She enjoys assisting students in their growth both educationally, and professionally, as each strive to reach their own personal goals. She is also interested in online learning principles, and incorporating technology in education. At present, she is very involved in a federal partnership grant with the University of MN called the University Partnership for Health Informatics (UP-HI) to educate the Health Information Technology workforce. In the spirit of life-long learning, she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Education.

Ms. Watters served as editor of the Instructor Manual for the 4th edition of the textbook Health Information Management: Concepts, Principles & Practice. In the 3rd edition, she and her colleague, Pam Oachs, co-authored the chapter Informatics in Healthcare.  She also co-authored a publication,Launching: University Partnership for Health Informatics, which was accepted to appear in the proceedings of the International Informatics Symposium, Arlington, VA.

Position: Asst Professor, HIM
Department: H I M
Phone: (218) 723-6116
E-Mail: VZeman@css.edu

 

Vicki L. Zeman, MA, RHIA

INTRODUCTION

The College of St. Scholastica - Bachelor of Arts – Medical Record Administration – 1972
The College of St. Scholastica - Master of Arts  – Management – 2000

Vicki worked 13 years as a practitioner before joining the faculty at CSS in 1985  She held a variety of management positions in the Duluth/Superior area.  Her last two positions as a practitioner focused on her interest areas or areas of expertise  At Miller-Dwan Medical Center she worked as the Assistant Director of Medical Records and then worked to establish the Quality Management Program with key medical staff and administrative support. She then worked as the Quality Assurance Coordinator for five years. She worked as the Manager of Medical Records at Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake briefly before accepting a faculty position at CSS.  Vicki  began work as a faculty member teaching basic Health Information Management courses.  For the first 8 years she taught Medical Terminology, Storage and Retrieval, Medico-legal Issues, Human Resource Management, Tools and Strategies and Clinical Quality Management.   The following 8 years she taught a variety of courses and coordinated the undergraduate Progression Program. In 2000, Vicki became the Academic Coordinator of Professional Practice Experience with teaching responsibilities primarily at the senior level of the undergraduate program.

CURRENT ROLES, ASSOCIATIONS, AFFILIATIONS

Member -
American Health Information Management Association
Minnesota Health Information Management Association   
Regional Health Information Management Association.

She has held numerous elected positions at the state level.

Member -
CHIC (Community Health Information Collaborative) HIE-Bridge Governing Committee
2009 - Present

INTERESTS/SPECIALTIES

Management, Quality Assurance/Management and personal health records are areas of interest and expertise.

Developing the ePortfolio for student Professional Practice Experience.  Piloting software (Chalk and Wire) working with Information Technologies and several departments in the College.



RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Health information Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice. Chapter Author: Clinical Quality Management. 2010.

EPortfolio Presentation 2011 (Fall)
Eportfolio Presentation 2010 (Fall)

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