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Hospital Operations Coordinator Believes in the Health Information Management Program

Jun 23, 2014

The Fort Wayne Campus recently awarded St. Joseph Hospital with the Distinguished Community Employer award for the term.  Kimberly Purnell, health information services operations coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the hospital. 

Jennifer Frey, a recent graduate from the HIM program, performed her externship at St. Joseph and was hired based on the strengths she brought to the job.  Ms. Purnell said the health information management curriculum at American National University, “Has a wonderful layout to the program.”  Ms. Purnell also said, “If a student wants to work in a hospital, it is best to do an externship in a hospital setting.”  She urged Jennifer to pursue an externship at St. Joseph Hospital because that is the environment in which Jennifer wanted to work.

“Jennifer was motivated to learn,” said Ms. Purnell, regarding why Jennifer was hired after completing her externship.  “Health information management has so many components.  Jennifer was eager to learn every part of it.”

Jennifer Frey (l), a graduate of the HIM program, presents Kimberly Purnell(r), with St. Joseph Hospital, with the Distinguished Community Employer award.

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tags: Medical: Health Information Management - Associate's Degree (HIM)