Candi Powers, CRCR, CRCA, MBA, a member of HFMA’s West Virginia Chapter, “with close ties to the South Carolina Chapter,” credits HFMA with changing the trajectory of her life after she became a member in 2005.
Powers who is now the chief revenue cycle officer at Mon Health System in Morgantown, West Virginia, had joined HFMA at the behest of Gina Reckart, then the director of patient accounting at Davis Health System, based in Elkins, West Virginia.
Powers had accepted the supervisor of patient accounting role at Davis to provide support to the director. But that was not how things worked out.
“My first day on the job was the first day that the director of patient accounting was not on the job,” she said. Reckart had left the organization to develop her own company. “In my first month ... when the financial management piece of that job wasn't filled, I had no choice but to step into that role and learn it. And HFMA is the primary resource that I used in those first six months. HFMA just allowed me to seamlessly assume the director role.”
Powers says it’s difficult to find words that fully express how grateful she feels toward HFMA for providing her with essential resources and a network of healthcare finance professionals to reach out to not only at the beginning of her career, but also throughout it.