Medical Information Technology Coordinator named
Positions in healthcare will always be available. Graduates can pursue employment in a variety of settings such as long-term care facilities, acute care clinics, hospitals, insurance companies, consulting agencies, medical coding companies, as well as many others. That is one reason Professor Stephanie Vergne is excited about returning to her role as Medical Information Technology Program Coordinator at Hazard Community and Technical College.
Vergne wants to assist students in reaching a goal they set for themselves, whether it be personal or professional. “I want people to believe in themselves. I want to help create a career pathway that will open doors for the graduates. I may not be able to change the world, but if I can help one person change then that one person can change someone else,” she said.
In the program, she stresses to her students to continue working toward goals. This educator often utters the expression “Short term sacrifices reap long-term benefits. I want students to push through the hard times and take one day at a time. I also emphasize not only will their degree help them compete for jobs, but also their degree is something no one can ever take from them. Work hard and take pride in what you have earned,” she noted.
Vergne teaches a wide range of classes, including Medical Terminology, Medical Practice Management, Health Care Delivery & Management, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, Medical Insurance, Business Communications, and Healthcare Management & Statistics.
She holds a master’s degree in Education (Education and Computer Information Systems) from Morehead State University, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Administration from Georgia Health Sciences University, and a bachelor of Business Administration from Morehead State University.
Her professional credentials are Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC).
She considers it an honor to teach at the college, where she has worked for 22 years. “HCTC is a vital educational pathway to our region. HCTC strives to incorporate community involvement from employers. HCTC strives to seek ways to better our community and region while offering quality education at home. Our professors understand our rural area and work hard to make our community a better place.”
Enrollment is going on now for classes in the MIT classes, which begin Aug. 19.