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Leigh W. Cellucci

Dr. Leigh Cellucci is CAHS's new ADAA

Dr. Leigh Cellucci is now the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Allied Health Sciences. The transition period began January of 2018 and is expected to last the semester. While focusing primarily on her new job duties, she is still teaching one course and assisting Dr. Robert Kulesher in assuming the role of HSIM Program Director and with the ongoing AUPHA re-certification process. While her absence will be felt deeply by students, faculty, and staff alike in our department, the college will benefit from her experience and leadership.


Ray Hylock

Dr. Ray Hylock Selected as 2017-2018 ECU Scholar-Teacher

Dr. Ray Hylock is selected to receive 2017-2018 ECU Scholar-Teacher Award. Announcement.



Susie T. Harris

Dr. Susie Harris Speaks with WNCT

Dr. Susie Harris was interviewed by WNCT about the bilateral agreement recently being established between Pitt Community College Health Information Technology program and ECU BS in Health Information Management program. Link to video.


O. Elijah Asagbra

Dr. Elijah Asagbra Publishes in Highly Ranked Journal

Dr. Elijah Asagbra published his paper " Why hospitals adopt patient engagement functionalities at different speeds? A moderate trend analysis" in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. The journal is highly ranked in health informatics journals with an impact factor of 3.210 in 2016.


Susie T. Harris

Dr. Susie Harris Adds 'Fellow' to Her Title

Dr. Susie Harris is now a Fellow of American Health Information Management Association (FAHIMA).

An official letter stating her recognition will arrive for Dr. Harris in the coming weeks. Ms. Bonnie Cassidy, Chair of FAHIMA, phoned Dr. Harris to deliver the news.

To be selected as a Fellow, faculty must show sustained contributions to the Health Information Management (HIM) field. The application process only reviews candidates with a minimum of 10 years of professional experience in HIM. Prolonged AHIMA membership is also required, a minimum of 10 years.

Dr. Harris shared that she spent 15 years in the field, specifically "as a HIM manager and then a neurosurgical practice administrator." She soon transitioned to teaching, choosing East Carolina and the College of Allied Health Sciences.

"The contributions of which I am most proud are: 1) Helping to establish the MS in Health Informatics and Information Management at ECU with Dr. Robert Campbell...Dr. Paul Bell...and Dr. Xiaoming Zeng…"

Dr. Harris also sited her role as program director for the BS in HIM, watching graduates serve "in our state and professional associations," and seeing graduates network in order to provide the best care to their patients.

Leigh W. Cellucci

Dr. Leigh Cellucci Nets Presentation Award at Annual Conference, Joins Executive Committee

Dr. Leigh Cellucci attended the annual meeting of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) in Long Beach, California from June 14-16 earning the second place award for her research partnership focusing on student leadership development.

Dr. Dorothy Muller, Director of the Office of Faculty Excellence (OFE), co-developed and researched "Interprofessional Education (IPE) Project on Student Leadership Development" with Dr. Cellucci.

Leadership Enhancement Fund Grants from the BB&T Center for Leadership Development helped to support the project, something Dr. Cellucci was introduced to when she first came to East Carolina by Dr. Beth Velde, professor emerita.

"The award is recognition for a good idea and a compliment to the efforts made by the BB&T Center for Leadership Development, the OFE, and the continued support of my Chair (Dr. Xiaoming Zeng) and Deans (Deans Stephen Thomas, Gregory Hassler, and Robert Orlikoff) that encourage us to use innovative teaching projects to help our students become better leaders."

Drs. Cellucci and Muller will present their project on campus later this fall to participants in the BB&T Active Learning and Leadership Incentive Grants Program.

Dr. Cellucci was also elected to the AUPHA Board of Trustees as Treasurer during the conference. Her new duties include serving as Chair of the Finance Committee.

Susie T. Harris

Dr. Susie Harris Receives NCHIMA Distinguished Member Award

Dr. Susie Harris, associate professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management, received the North Carolina Health Information Management Association (NCHIMA)'s 2017 Distinguished Member Award at the annual meeting in Concord, North Carolina on April 27th. This award was established in 1984 by the NCHIMA Executive Board to recognize and honor outstanding members of the association. Award recipients exemplify the professional image of the association and make significant contributions to the health information management profession. Several of the Health Information Management program graduates attended the meeting with Dr. Harris.

2017 Best Paper Award

HSIM faculty and HSM senior receive the MBAA International Best Paper Award

Senior Student Eric Woodruff (majoring in HSM at ECU) along with Drs. Michael H. Kennedy (formerly of ECU and now at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler), Leigh W. Cellucci (program director of HSM at ECU), and Cara Peters (Winthrop University) were recognized at the 2017 MBAA International Annual Meetings for their pedagogical research on how faculty use case studies in the classroom. They presented their paper, " An Examination of Cases in the Classroom: How Faculty Use Case Studies for Teaching," in the Society for Case Research track. Woodruff has been working as the Undergraduate Assistant in the HSIM department and will graduate this May.

Shelley White

ECU health services students lead evolution of rural health clinics

An internship program in East Carolina University's Department of Health Services and Information Management is allowing students to lead a movement toward patient-centered care in primary care clinics across the East.

Read the full story.

Ray Hylock

Dr. Ray Hylock receives CAHS Dean's Teaching Award

Dr. Ray Hylock has received the 2015-2016 College of Allied Health Sciences Dean's Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching. The award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in teaching based on the performance in the past three years. Dr. Hylock is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management. He joined the department in 2013 and primarily teaches courses related to Health Informatics and Information Management.

Susie T. Harris

Dr. Susie Harris elected to AHIMA Council for Excellence in Education

Dr. Susie Harris, associate professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management, has been elected to serve on the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) of the American Health Information Management Association. CEE is the leading force in education strategy for health information and related professions, guiding the academic community and workforce representative through improvements to academic programs and innovation in curricula and resources. CEE consists of 12 members each serving a three-year term.

Elizabeth Forrestal

Dr. Elizabeth Forrestal receives prestigious AHIMA award

Dr. Elizabeth Forrestal, professor emeritus in the Department of Health Services and Information Management, received the 2016 Making Dreams Come True- Distinguished Educator Award from the American Health Information Management Association. The annual award is given to a Health Information Management educator who contribute significantly to the quality and research in Health Information Management education and "has made a difference in their students' lives." She was presented the award July 25 at the AHIMA Assembly on Education annual meeting.

Rhonda Joyner

Health Informatics & Information Management program graduates first master's student

A distance education student from the Charlotte area has become the first person to graduate from East Carolina University with a master's degree in health informatics and information management. Rhonda Joyner of Indian Trails completed her required internship this summer and is now seeking employment in the health care industry. ECU's Department of Health Services and Information Management - housed in the College of Allied Health Sciences - launched its inaugural graduate program in 2013. The degree builds on a graduate certificate in health informatics.

Read more about Joyner's experience at

Ethics and Professionalism for Healthcare Managers

Cellucci and Forrestal prepare future healthcare managers

Ethics and Professionalism for Healthcare Managers by Elizabeth J. Forrestal and Leigh W. Cellucci, Professors in the Department of Health Services and Information Management, discusses a host of difficult decisions that health care managers face every day. Many can be loaded with ethical implications that, if not addressed properly, can evolve into major issues for both the manager and the organization as a whole.

This book prepares new and aspiring healthcare managers to make better decisions through a solid grounding in ethics and professionalism. The book uses cases that are based on a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, physician practices, ambulatory surgery centers, home health agencies, and skilled nursing facilities.

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