Externship and Volunteering Pay Off for Graduate
Aug 06, 2012
Neyshalda Stafford, a graduate from the Bartlett Campus’s health information technology (HIT) program, found a job through her externship and volunteer efforts. She was placed at Lakeside Behavioral Health where she impressed her supervisor and health information technology manager Marc Hoskins. “I was so impressed with her thirst for knowledge and eagerness to learn health information; it naturally made sense to add her to the health information team here,” he said. At the time, however, they didn’t have an available position for her to fill.
Neyshalda likewise wanted to work at Lakeside but realized their staff constraints so she continued to work there as a volunteer after her externship was complete. Her hope was that her dedication to Lakeside would ultimately get her hired and she was right. After just a few months, they were able to hire her on an as-needed basis as a medical records technician. Through this position, she did some work for Community Behavorial Health which is a sister company to Lakeside. “Neyshalda was hired to purge medical records, due to the expectancy of Medicare regulations and within thirty days, the medical records were easily accessible and manageable.”
It wasn’t too long after she helped Community organize and purge their medical records that she heard of a job opening for director of medical records. She said, “I applied to gain more knowledge of the interviewing process, I wasn’t expecting to get hired because I have not received RHIT certification and I just completed the program,” but she got the job!
“Neyshalda was a true asset and gem to our medical records department,” said Patricia Turner, her direct supervisor, “There were some applicants with more experience, but she had already proven her abilities to be organized and attentive to detail.”
Medical: Health Information Technology - Associate's Degree (HIT)