Medical Records Coding Graduates
Fourteen Paris Junior College Medical Records Coding graduates received pins and recognition in ceremonies held May 10. From left to right are Chelsey Brown of Point; Susan Garrett of Paris;
Laurie Meadows of Cumby; Selena Cope, Shawn Jackson, Carol Nelson, Donna Anderson all of Paris; Carl Baldwin of Bonham; Megan Childres of Avery; Danna Darty of Cumby;
and Carneshia Gray and Gary Groh of Paris. Not shown are Paula Leverett of Greenville and Beatrice Williams of Canton.
Medical Records Coding and
Surgical Tech Grads at PJC
Paris Junior College Health Occupations Department held pinning and recognition ceremonies May 10 for graduates of the Medical Records Coding and Surgical Technology programs.
Health Occupations Director Marcia Putnam welcomed everyone and introduced coordinators and faculty, including Medical Records Coding Coordinator Ron Vrba; Surgical Technology Coordinator Norman Gilbert and Instructor Ginger Edwards.
Vrba explained the coding program. “These folks take the physician’s diagnosis and turn it into a five-digit code. That code tells you the type of operation or procedure. The Affordable Health Care Act will function based on the data these people produce so they are affecting national policy even as they work behind the scenes.” The graduates will sit for the national Certified Coding Associate examination.
Graduates of the Coding program and their hometowns are: Donna Anderson, Salena Cope, Susan Garrett, Carneshia Gray, Gary Groh, Shawn Jackson, and Carol Nelson, all of Paris; Megan Childres, of Avery; Carl Baldwin of Bonham; Beatrice Williams of Canton; Danna Darty and Laurie Meadows of Cumby; Paula Leverett of Greenville; and Chelsey Brown of Point.
Surgical Technology Graduates
Thirteen Paris Junior College Surgical Technology graduates are shown after receiving pins during ceremonies held May 10.
From left to right are Christina Wallace of Cumby; Amy Denison of Sulphur Springs; Megan Burton of Detroit; Wanda Toon of Cooper;
Jeffrey Campbell and Tammy Sulsar both of Paris; Ryan Bankston of Sumner; Rebecca Borden of Pickton; Theresa Ricks of Detroit;
Ciara Parsons of Paris; Sandra West of Royse City; and Christiane Townsend of Paris.
Gilbert said, “Surgical Technology is known as a ‘stealth care career’ because it is widely unknown. When you go into the hospital for a surgical procedure, there will be several of the surgical technicians assisting doctors and nurses. They play an integral role in the operating room.”
Surgical technicians assure there is a sterile field for patients from entering to leaving surgery. They set up and pass instruments to the surgeons and anticipate what the surgeons will need, and help control patient blood loss.
Graduates of the Surgical Technology program and their hometowns include: Jeffrey Campbell, Ciara Parsons, Tammy Sulsar, Christiane Townsend, all of Paris; Wanda Toon of Cooper; Christina Wallace of Cumby; Megan Burton and Theresa Ricks of Detroit; Jacklyn Moore of Greenville; Rebecca Borden of Pickton; Sandra West of Royse City; Amy Denison of Sulphur Springs, and Ryan Bankston of Sumner.
Following the ceremony, family and friends joined the graduates in a reception.