Dr. Ray Hylock has received 2015-2016 College of Allied Health Sciences Dean's Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching. The award was given to a faculty member who demonstrate excellence in teaching based on the performance in the past three years. 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
More info at
Dr. Kulsher Interviewed on WCTI
Dr. Robert Kulesher from the Department of Health Services and Information Management was interviewed by WCTI to comment on the recent partnership announcement between Lenoir Memorial Hospitals in Kinston and Novant Health System headquartered in Winston-Salem. The entire story can be viewed online
Dr. Kulesher Participates in "Doctors on Call" segment for WITN
Dr. Robert Kulesher from the Department of Health Services and Information Management served on a panel of health professionals for WITN's "Doctors of Call" segment Sept. 10. Dr. Kulesher answered calls regarding health insurance choices and provided resources for those trying to understand and select the right insurance for their needs. You can view the video interview between Dr. Kulesher and WITN's Lynette Taylor below.
Cellucci, Kennedy and Svagr Attend Writer's Workshop
Dr. Leigh Cellucci, Professor and Dr. Mike Kennedy, Associate Professor, of the Department of Health Services and Information Management, along with Kaitlyn Svagr, a rising senior in the Health Services Management Program, attended the 36th Annual Summer Case Writer's Workshop for the Society for Case Research at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC from July 10 - 12, 2014.
Dr. Cellucci is the President-Elect of the Society for Case Research and serves as Editor of the Journal of Case Studies. She participated as chair, scribe, or discussant for several cases.
Dr. Kennedy presented his case study, "It Costs How Much?", and Kaitlyn Svagr presented her case, "Emergency!! Or Is It?". Both served as scribe or discussant for other cases.
Harris, Hylock, and Zeng Present in Chicago
Three faculty members in the Department of Health Services and Information Management - Drs. Susie Harris, Ray Hylock and Xiaoming Zeng gave presentations at the 2014 American Health Information Management (AHIMA) Faculty Development Institute/Assembly on Education (FDI/AOE) in Chicago IL.
Dr. Harris presented "Steps in Starting the Master of Science Degree in Health Informatics and Information Management at East Carolina University". Dr. Hylock presented "Healthcare Database Management and HIM Students: Challenges and Instruction Techniques". Dr. Zeng presented "Flipped Classroom: Using Lecture Capture to Support Classroom Teaching". FDI/AOE is the premier conference for health information educators and the primary forum for leadership in health information management (HIM) education.
The agenda of the meeting can be found at
Dr. Kulesher Contributes Towards Published Article in Health Communication
Congratulations to Dr. Robert Kulesher from the Department of Health Services and Information Management on his contribution to the recently published article entitled “Physician Communication in the Operating Room.” The article is published in Health Communication and reflects a collaborative effort between two academic units at ECU and three academic units at the University of New Mexico Health Science center. Kristin Kirschbaum, an assistant professor in the College of Fine Arts and Communication at ECU is the lead author and principal investigator.
| | HSIM Student Awarded Scholarship at Annual Meeting
Nacole T. Everette, RHIA was the recipient of a North Carolina Health Information Management Association (NCHIMA) Scholarship. The $250.00 Scholarship was awarded to one deserving Master's Degree HIM Student. The Scholarship was presented to Nacole at the 2014 NCHIMA 64th Annual Meeting & Coding Roundtable. Nacole is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Health Informatics and Information Management. Congratulations, Nacole!
ECU HSIM Alumni Reception Held at Annual Meeting
An ECU Alumni Reception was hosted by the Department of Health Services and Information Management at the NCHIMA Annual meeting in Greensboro, NC. Pat Frede, Dr. Xiaoming Zeng, Dr. Susie Harris and Nacole Everette and Christine Keel, MS in HIIM students, spoke at the reception. Kim Bridgers, an MS in HIIM student, won the ECU basket door prize. Congratulations, Kim!
Zeng and Harris Present at Annual Meeting
Dr. Xiaoming Zeng and Dr. Susie Harris presented on Advanced Education in Health Informatics and Information Management: The Field, the Needs and the Programs at the NCHIMA Annual meeting in Greensboro, NC on Wednesday, 4/16/14.
| | HIIM Student featured on Graduate School website
Deepa Padmanabhan, a Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management student, is featured on the Graduate School’s website! Click here to view Deepa’s profile page and be sure to click on the Day in the Life and Gallery tabs to learn more about her and her studies!
| | HSIM Students Inducted to Upsilon Phi Delta
The Department of Health Services & Information Management inducted eight total members into Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society. To be inducted into Upsilon Phi Delta, students' GPA must fall in the top 10% of their class. The eight students inducted were Elizabeth Baldwin, Ashley Braxton, Michele Clark, Catherine Guy, Jasmine Harris, Ashley Lackey, Macy Pierce and Neteisha Barrett Stuckey. You can view photos from the induction by clicking here.
Open House for Health Informatics and Information
The Department of Health Services & Information Management will be having a floating open house session for the Master of Science in health informatics and information management program on Thursday, April 3 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. This session is for people interested in the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Information Management. Information about the course of study will be available. A brief overview of the application process, funding, scholarship and financial aid will be provided. We plan to have a live stream online and also a recorded session available for those cannot attend in person. The links for these sessions will be sent out in March. If you plan to attend, please complete the registration form at: https://ecu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_77fASgz9Jzptvj7. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Susie Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Health Services Management online program ranked as "Best Buy" by GetEducated.com
The Bachelor of Science degree in health services management offered by the Department of Health Services & Information Management was ranked first by GetEducated.com as the "Best Affordable Online Bachelor's Degree in Health Science" for students seeking a high quality, affordable online degree. Eight programs in total from ECU were included in the list.
Dr. Celluci Publishes Textbook
Dr. Leigh Cellucci, associate professor in the Department of Health Services and Information Management, has recently published a textbook entitled "Healthcare Marketing: A Case Study Approach" by Health Administration Press. The book information could be find here.
Dr. Susie Harris Serves on Discussion at Health Informatics Fair
Dr. Susie Harris from the College's Department of Health Services and Information Management served on a panel discussion, Transitioning into Health Informatics, at the Health informatics Career & Internship Fair on Friday, October 11, 2013, at the UNC Charlotte’s Center City Campus. The panel also included educators from Health Informatics graduate programs at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Charlotte.The bi-annual Health Informatics Career Fair was hosted by five of the state’s prominent universities, East Carolina University, Duke Center for Health Informatics, North Carolina Central University, University of North Carolina Charlotte, and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, in the field, and also featured the industry’s leading employers who discussed the incredible job opportunities available today.
Dr. Campbell has journal article published
Robert J. Campbell, associate professor,has an article published in the October 2013 issue of the Journal of American Health Information Management Association [Vol.84 (10) 42-47] titled, The Five Rights of Clinical Decision Support: CDS Tools Helpful for Meeting Meaningful Use".
2013 Dean's Awards Announced
The ECU College of Allied Health Sciences held its annual Faculty and Staff Convocation on Monday, August 19, 2013. Annual awards for outstanding performance in the areas of Teaching, Service, Research, and Outstanding Staff Personnel were given by Dr. Stephen Thomas, Dean. Two of the four awards were given to faculty in the Department of Health Services and Information Managment. Awards were presented to:
Outstanding Teaching - Dr. Michael Kennedy, Dept. of Health Services and Information Management
Outstanding Service - Mrs. Myra Brown, Dept. of Health Services and Information Management
Outstanding Research - Dr. Jamie Perry, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Outstanding Staff Personnel - Pattie Wilson-Brown, Dean's Office
The awards were largely based on work done over the last year (July 1 - June 30) with consideration given to work completed in the preceding three years. Congratulations to our award winners!
Bonita Sasnett, EdD and Robert J. Campbell, EdD have an article published in the Spring 2013 edition of the Journal of Health Administration Education titled "The Utility of the Team Notebook as a Teaching Tool for Team Learning" Vol. 30(2) 89-112.
The following excerpt was written by the editor of the Journal Of Health Administration Education:
Sasnett and Campbell (2013) have an original article in which they share results of an exercise designed to stimulate team development skills in students through the use of a service learning project. Given the heightened interest in team work on the part of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education and the need for these skills in day-to-day management activity, this article is a must-read.