Graduate Spotlight - HIM

Good fit for the future

Sandy Lawson photoAfter raising two sons, Sandy Lawson decided it was time to head back to work. After looking at several different programs, Sandy decided the Health Information Management field was a good fit. She liked the fact that she would learn about the health record process in a structured year-long program as well as the idea that she could earn a national certified credential along with an Associate Degree.

After her first semester in the program, she landed a job at GHS-MD360 as a physician practice clerk where she was able to apply what she was learning in the classroom about medical coding, the healthcare revenue cycle, healthcare privacy laws, and how medical records were processed, analyzed and stored.

After completing the HIM program, Sandy passed the national RHIT exam with a high score, and then was promoted to Physician Practice Specialist and has been invited to serve on multi-department project teams.

Sandy wasn’t satisfied to sit back on that success. She decided to continue her education as a USC Upstate Direct Connect student and will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Information Management Systems/Health Information Management. She will sit for the national RHIA exam in the summer.

“The Greenville Tech HIM program was a great building block for me as I moved on to USC Upstate,” she says. “Susan Walther (Department Head) continues to help mentor me through my academic and professional career. I was very confident in the knowledge I obtained from the program at Greenville Tech. As tough as the program was it definitely helped me pass the RHIT exam with flying colors as well as prepare me for university level learning. “

Education working for graduate

Lisa Seibert had originally planned to be a nurse and was working as a nursing assistant while she took pre-requisites for Greenville Technical College's Nursing program. That job experience left her burned out on patient contact. Knowing she was interested in computers and the medical field, she merged the two interests and enrolled in the Health Information Management program instead.

Lisa graduated from Greenville Technical College's Health Information Management program in 1997. Starting out as a coder, she quickly moved up. Four years later, she was promoted to manager of health information at Palmetto Health Baptist Easley.

After spending several years in a position to hire Greenville Technical College graduates, she took on the next challenge of becoming an instructor with the college's HIM program.