Former Marine Joleen Gomez directs leadership skills toward career in health information management
After four years of honorable service to her country, Joleen Gomez unexpectedly found herself hopping from one dead-end job to the next with that pit-in-the-stomach feeling that she was meant to do something more.
She had always felt something pulling her toward a career in health care – maybe because of the influence of her father, whose own dream of becoming a doctor fell short.
Joleen found her opportunity in Regis’ Health Information Management Program. The bachelor’s degree program through Regis’ Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions – the only accredited baccalaureate program of its kind in the state – is focused on training professionals for a critical role in patient care: to gather, protect and securely and efficiently deliver medical information.
The program, which has been in existence since the 1970s, has long focused on preparing students to work with the latest electronic records keeping systems. Now that federal legislation is mandating a nationwide transition to electronic medical records, those skills are even more in demand. Joleen, who spent years honing leadership traits while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps, said gaining the training that sets her on the field’s leading edge is appealing and will enable her to be a leader on the job from day one.
“When I think about the impact I can make in this field, I see that I’m going to be respected because of what we’re learning right now,” she said.
Joleen is set to graduate in August. And although her father passed away last year and won’t be there to see her get her diploma, she knows how proud he’d be.
“I think it’s more or less for him,” she said.
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