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Mayhall Named Director of Health Information Technology Program

Amie Mayhall PhotoAssociate Professor Amie Mayhall has been named Director of the Health Information Technology Program at Olney Central College.

The two-year degree is available to students this fall and joins OCC’s other health career programs including Medical Coding Associate and Medical Office Assistant.

Mayhall said the Medical Office Advisory Council encouraged the new program’s development as many employers are looking to hire individuals with a Health Information Technology degree. The group is comprised of professionals from area healthcare facilities like Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital, Carle Richland Memorial Hospital, Clay County Hospital, Crawford Memorial Hospital, Lawrence County Memorial Hospital, and more.

“Our advisory council was very proactive in seeking this opportunity for prospective employees,” Mayhall said. “It is a well-rounded curriculum which offers a broad understanding of the field and how each position is important to the field.”

Health Information Technology and OCC’s other health career programs provide an avenue outside of nursing for students to enter the growing healthcare field.

“The degree can lead to the ability to work in almost any healthcare setting including hospitals, physicians’ practices, mental health facilities, the pharmaceutical industry and health product vendors,” Mayhall said.

HIT graduates can fill positions within health information areas such as: billing, medical records, and coding departments.

Those who choose to continue their education and obtain a bachelor’s degree have even greater opportunities for career advancement.

While similar to the Medical Office Assistant Program, Mayhall said Health Information Technology offers an expanded curriculum. Additional courses include Healthcare Leadership Management, Data Management and Information Governance and HIT Professional Practice.

The first-year of the HIT Program aligns with OCC’s Medical Coding Associate Certificate, enabling students to earn the Health Information Technology Degree with additional summer courses.

“This is important because there are employers who are looking for coders with an Associate degree,” Mayhall added.

The HIT courses will be taught by highly-qualified faculty and staff. Mayhall, a Certified Coding Associate with a master’s degree in Business Administration, recently received certification as a Registered Health Information Administrator through the American Health Information Management Association while OCC Associate Professor Shasta Bennett holds a master’s degree in Global Human Resources Management. Other instructors include Heather Colwell, a Registered Health Information Administrator, currently serving as Director of Health Information Management at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital; Lezlie Lambird, a Registered Health Information Technologist who is employed as Director of Medical Records at Carle Richland Memorial Hospital; and Carole Krager, a Certified Coding Specialist and Outpatient Coder at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital.

“It is wonderful for our students,” Mayhall said. “Not only are they receiving a quality education, but they are getting exposed to individuals who are working in the field and are networking with potential employers. It is an awesome opportunity for our students to make a name for themselves.”

To learn more about the Health Information Technology Program or any of the health-related careers at OCC, contact Mayhall at mayhalla@iecc.edu or call 618-395-7777 to register. Fall semester classes begin Aug. 15.

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