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Job title: Assistant Vice-President, Revenue Management, Gwinnett Hospital System, Inc.
Worked here since: 2000, but at my health system since 1990.
Responsible for: All revenue cycle operations in my health system.
Best part of my job: The people I work with every day.
I joined HFMA because: I value the networking opportunities and the education provided to me. When I worked in a hospital for the first time, my local chapter was my only avenue for learning about the management of accounts receivable in my hospital.
First involvement with HFMA: I was asked to serve on a chapter committee by a current chapter leader.
Favorite HFMA memory: Being presented the first “Cathy H. Dougherty Distinguished Mentoring Award” and realizing the Georgia Chapter had named an ongoing award in my name.
First job: Administrative Assistant in Human Resources Department at Western Electric, Inc. (then called a Secretary in the Personnel Department).
Most unusual job: my responsibility for attending employees’ funerals to deliver death benefit checks.
My family: I have a loving family who has moved along the HFMA journey with me – my husband, Bob, my daughter, Alexa, who is in Pharmacy School, my two step sons, Bobby and Eddie, and my two wonderful grandsons, Ethan and Eli. My parents were both teachers, and my Dad was a high school coach so I love sports of all kinds. They were married for 52 years but both passed away in the late 1980’s.
Pets: My cute rescue dog, Millie, who is part Yorkie and part Dachshund, better known as a “Dorky.” We also have my daughter’s “left behind” cat, and a loud parrot named Snapper—guess why he is named this?
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Hobby: Reading at the beach and enjoying Carolina Beach Music.
Proudest moment: The birth of my daughter when I was 38 years old. Those proud moments continue!
Best advice received: Always be aware of the perception you give, always be perceived as “fair.”
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Publication Date: Friday, June 28, 2013
Russ Graney, founder and CEO for Aidin, and John Laursen, head of business development for Aidin, share insights on how to improve care transitions between acute and post-acute care settings and incentivize high-quality patient outcomes.
Scott Elston, strategic accounts manager, GE Healthcare Services, describes how substantial cost reduction in health care requires rethinking business strategy and asset use.
Robert Williams, MD, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Arielle Freiberger, product strategist, ConvergeHEALTH by Deloitte, explain how sophisticated retrospective, real-time, and predictive data analytics can inform decision making to reduce costs and improve care.
Stuart Hanson, director of business development (healthcare solutions) at Citi Retail Services, discusses how improving the payment experience can benefit consumers and healthcare providers.
Scott Schmidt, vice president, Cerner RevWorks, LLC, shares insights on best practices for maximizing a revenue cycle management partnership.
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