Last class of health information management students graduate

East Carolina University graduated its final class of Health Information Management students  May 10, completing a long history of educating close to 600 health information management professionals.

The Medical Records Administration department was created in 1970, with Peggy Wood as the first chairperson.  She remained in that position for 26 years. In 1993, the department was renamed Health Information Management.  It was later expanded to include the BS in Health Services Management, and renamed the Department of Health Services and Information Management in 2002.

Since its beginnings, more than 90 percent of the health information management professionals in eastern NC received a degree from ECU.

The decision to discontinue the bachelor’s degree is due to the change in health information technology. In the future, more emphasis will be placed on the sharing of medical information, and computer specialists trained at the graduate level in health informatics will be needed.  Accordingly, as one chapter closes, another will open through the MS in Health Informatics and Information Management.  The first class of students will enter in fall 2013.

 From left, Faisal Olayan Alharbi, Ethel Lee Wright, Deniece N. Russell, Callie R. Woodard, Susan Michelle Haddock and Angela Marie Falsetti are honored as the last group of ECU graduates in the health information management bachelor's program.  Not pictured are distance education students  Dawn Camden, Tina Charlton, and Lacey Williams.


From left, Faisal Olayan Alharbi, Ethel Lee Wright, Deniece N. Russell, Callie R. Woodard, Susan Michelle Haddock and Angela Marie Falsetti are honored as the last group of ECU graduates in the health information management bachelor’s program. Not pictured are distance education students Dawn Camden, Tina Charlton and Lacey Williams.

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ECU grad student awarded for poster presentation

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Erin Schofield

Erin Schofield, a second year graduate student in occupational therapy, was selected as the recipient of the 2013 ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week Graduate Education Poster Presentation award. Her entry was titled “Examining the use of the Shore Handwriting Screening to assess the handwriting skills of pre-kindergarteners.”

Schofield was also accepted to present her research in poster form at the national American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) conference that will be held at the end of this month in San Diego. She will be attending with her project mentor, Dr. Denise Donica.

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Students inducted into Pi Theta Epsilon

Left to right sitting, Madeline McCauley, Elizabeth Gibbs, Andrea Sparks, Lauren Armstrong; left to right standing, Elisabeth Sitton, Hannah Flaherty and Caitlin Davis. Kathleen Brinkley is not pictured.

New inductees into Phi Theta Epsilon are, left to right sitting, Madeline McCauley, Elizabeth Gibbs, Andrea Sparks, Lauren Armstrong; left to right standing, Elisabeth Sitton, Hannah Flaherty and Caitlin Davis. Kathleen Brinkley is not pictured.

The Delta Beta chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the occupational therapy honors society, inducted its second class of East Carolina University students on Tuesday, March 19.

The inductees are Lauren Armstrong, Kathleen Brinkley, Caitlin Davis, Hannah Flaherty, Elizabeth Gibbs, Madeline McCauley, Elisabeth Sitton and Andrea Sparks.

Dr. Stephen Thomas, dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences, encouraged the students to consider different views of their role as  occupational therapists and the impact they can make in the community that surrounds them today and in the future.

Pi Theta Epsilon officers conducting the induction ceremony were Brittany Robertson, president; Monica Powell, vice-president; Alana Justice, secretary; and Erin Schofield, treasure. Dr. Denise Donica, assistant professor of occupational therapy, serves as faculty advisor.

The program concluded with words from Dr. Leonard Trujillo, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy.

 

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ECU alumna shares Alaskan experiences

ECU alumna Cathy Genaux, at far left, is shown with students who attended her presentation about life as a distance ed student in Alaska. (Contributed photo)

Catherine Geneaux, an ECU alumna and speech language pathologist, spoke Nov. 9 about living and working in Alaska —where clinicians fly bush planes to see patients and many communities do not have speech-language services.

Geneaux talked about life as a distance education master’s student, how speech language pathology is conducted in the state of Alaska and her mission work in Mexico. She gave ECU students great insight into a way of life and a speech-language pathology practice that is very different from experiences in North Carolina, said Dr. Kathleen T. Cox, ECU associate professor and director of master’s education in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Geneaux participated in a unique joint program between ECU and University of Alaska – Anchorage. ECU provides online classes for students in the master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders, and UAA provides their clinic. The partnership helps produce speech-language pathologists for the state of Alaska, and students graduate with a degree from ECU, the only university that offers a speech language program in that state. For more information, visit http://www.ecu.edu/csd.

The presentation was held in the Health Sciences Building in the College of Allied Health Sciences.

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Health Services Management program recertified

The undergraduate Health Services Management program has been recertified for six years and has retained Full Certified Undergraduate Membership status with the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

As noted by AUPHA, “…  AUPHA has established a rigorous peer review process modeled for those programs willing to undergo the rigors of external review in the interest of program excellence. Successful completion of the panel review process leads to Certification by AUPHA and attainment of Full Certified Undergraduate membership status.”

The Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) is a global network of colleges, universities, faculty, individuals and organizations dedicated to the improvement of healthcare delivery through excellence in healthcare management and policy education.

From an original membership of seven graduate programs in the U.S. and Canada, it has grown to over 180 graduate and undergraduate programs in North America and hundreds of personal, corporate and affiliated program members all over the world. AUPHA is now an international consortium of graduate and undergraduate health administration programs and practitioners engaged in the development of health management education.

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