Comments and Pictures for Health Unit Coordinator Recognition Week

August 23-29

46 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Health Unit Coordinator Recognition Week is August 23-29.
    Thank you for all you do for the healthcare team!

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  2. Linda Winslow

    In honor of Marilyn Morin past NAHUC Treasurer I am donating $10 to NAHUC . Thank you Marilyn.

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    • pnr.assoc.mgt@comcast.net

      Thank you, Linda, for recognizing Marilyn Morin for all she has done to support NAHUC! NAHUC thanks you for your donation. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the yellow “donate” button. It’s a quick and easy way to donate electronically.

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  3. Holly Kerfoot

    I contacted the head of our hospital to ask that it recognize the work of our medical unit secretaries during HUC Week. It would be the first time that has happened here at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. I will let y’all know if it actually happens.

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    • pnr.assoc.mgt@comcast.net

      Holly, NAHUC thanks you for your bold move to contact your hospital leadership about recognition week! Please let us know their response and let them know NAHUC is happy to discuss the benefits of professional development and recognition any time.

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    • Flecia Kyles-Banks

      Hopefully it works out. Health Unit Coordinator week gets no recognition at all; well a few facilities do a little something for their HUCs. They say that ‘We are the heart of the Unit.’

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  4. Catherine crux

    Thank you

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      • Valrie E Blair-Samms

        I believe “Healthcare Support team” makes the position more inclusive. Some hospitals presently cross train health unit coordinators/monitor technicians/patient care technicians.

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        • NAHUC

          Thank you, Valrie, for sharing your comment.

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          • Julia I

            Julia I

            I am so ready to push this profession to another level. I am currently working on opening a vocational training school where students would train in an in-person classroom – with clinical rotations for software programs like Electronic Health Records (EHR/EMR) and more. There is a high demand for individuals in our field.
            My contribution will be to push this association forward by training as many new Health Unit Coordinators so they become Certified registered members. This would grow the Association and put us in a spotlight in the health industry.

  5. Teresse Allen

    Hello all,

    I just want to thank each everyone one of peers for the educational, as well as the professional support you all have given me over the years at CCHMC. Look foreward to many more years of supportive friendship.

    Sincerely,

    Teresse Allen
    HUC I

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    • NAHUC

      Thank you for your kind words, Teresse!

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  6. shanda white heard

    Happy HUC Week to all my fellow HUC’S ……. I am very excited to join the SRU HUC team and appreciate all the help and guidance I have has along the way. These 4 month’s went by so fast and I love it…… Create Your Own Smile 🙂 And Wink 😉

    Have A good week EVERYONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • NAHUC

      Thank you for the H.U.C. Week wishes, Shanda!

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  7. NAHUC

    Happy Health Unit Coordinator Week!

    During the annual education conference in Florida, we discussed the future of healthcare and health unit coordinating. As healthcare changes and the role expands, NAHUC wants to be more inclusive. We realize there are many titles and job descriptions, but the common thread is to provide excellent and knowledgeable service to both our internal and external customers. The work we do is important and impacts the patient experience.

    NAHUC offers so many professional development opportunities for health unit coordinators that are also applicable to those with other titles and dual responsibilities. NAHUC is proposing the addition of a subtitle to the association name for the purpose of being more welcoming and inclusive. NAHUC does not want anyone to think just because they do not work under the exact title of “health unit coordinator” that they would not benefit from NAHUC membership.
    We propose that NAHUC is the provider of education and certification for “Healthcare Support Team Members”. This includes, but is not limited, to health unit coordinators, unit secretaries, unit clerks, healthcare support associates, nursing assistants, patient care associates, patient access staff, customer service representatives, business service associates, health unit assistants, etc.

    What do you think? Would you like to see NAHUC grow and be more inclusive? Would you encourage all those in similar roles to take advantage of professional development opportunities? Do you think it is worthwhile to encourage someone in a similar role to expand their skill set and become certified in health unit coordinating? Tell us what you think about the subtitle, “Healthcare Support Team Members”. You can reply here. Thank you for your input!

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    • Pamela A Hernandez

      This is Pamela Hernandez, retired Health Unit Coordinator
      I love NAHUC before I retired I worked as a Certified Health Unit Coordinator in a pain management physician’s office
      I am excited about the possible name change!
      I have also worked in an out patient surgical clinic
      I have been a NAHUC member since 1991
      All these areas I have always felt that being a CHUC has served me well an had kept me at the top of my profession
      All who are interested and in other parts of the health care family cant do this
      Go for it !! You will be come a member of a huge NAHUC family
      Welcome the change!

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      • NAHUC

        Hi Pam! NAHUC thanks your for your loyal support and positivity! So grateful you are part of the NAHUC “family”!

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    • Nick Zubrinitz

      I think the change would be fantastic to be more inclusive towards others.

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      • NAHUC

        Thank you, Nick, for sharing your comment!

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    • Ermil Torres Santos

      In our facility, HUC’s role varies per department but we are all HUCs with common function of doing administrative tasks or non-clinical tasks, which are vital for the harmonious and efficient flow of unit’s process. The previous healthcare facility that I have with doesn’t have a HUC position but uses the other positions mentioned above but delivers the same effectiveness in terms of harmonizing the flow process in the unit. In line with that, all those mentioned positions with the same administrative functions, I believe may be called HUCs (depending of course on the facilities structures) provided the task will not overlap with other administrative functions i.e. Cashiering or maybe Registering. In so doing, HUCs position will be more established globally hence will be a more stable position, which function can be standardized for a more organized and uniform role application through NAHUC’s standards or guidelines.

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      • Ermil Torres Santos

        I have no problem with the subtitle “Healthcare Support Team Members” but my concern is to established the position HUC (for all related administrative functions) globally to make the position title more stable and be part of all healthcare facilities’ key position in their organization. Far fetch as it may seem but I believe NAHUC is well and able and further believe in the position HUC being a key role in the effective flow process in the unit that contributes and improves patient experience and safety and unit’s order and good housekeeping. Let clinical staff concentrate on patient care while HUC takes care of all administrative functions in the unit.

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    • Charity Bowie

      I agree with the expansion of the NAHUC subtitle to healthcare support team members. This will allow so many more non clinical personnel to benefit from continuing education, the annual conference, and the comradery from other members.

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      • Charity Bowie

        As a former CHUC, I would be more inclined to encourage the certification exam, if the exam was expanded to include skills used by other non HUCs and incorporate the changing role of the HUC.

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  8. Diane Christiansen

    As a retired Health Unit Coordinator, and a big fan of our organization, I feel that NAHUC should definitely include other supportive roles in the program. The job has changed so much with the addition of physician order entry, that our duties are much different from our original job description. The challenge is for the employer to support and pay for the educational opportunities that are offered by NAHUC.

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    • NAHUC

      Hi Diane! Thank you for posting your comment and for your loyal support. NAHUC is a big fan of yours!

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  9. Sandra Delgado

    I thank you for all you have done for me. I have tried to apply for Employment for CHUC and I’m told I either need experience in a hospital sitting. I work in a veterans facility and have been in the health care field a long time but no luck. It would of been nice if there could of been some help with placement. But you all have been incredible and thank you .

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    • Anonymous

      You’re welcome and thank you for your kinds words, Sandra! You must be gaining valuable and transferable skills at the VA facility. Don’t overlook job opportunities with titles other than health unit coordinator.

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  10. John Peter Presson

    As more and more Health Unit Coordinators are being laid off or having our jobs “redefined”, it seems more and more the future of medical secretaries is pushing into outpatient territory. We have made careers (before EPIC and EMR)of ordering and following up on tests and procedures -but without the coding aspect –has there been any thought to helping us career track into roles such as Referral Coordinators and Patient Care Coordinators that allow us to use the technical prowess we have as HUC’s and apply it to something other than a low end medical receptionist?

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    • Tracy Stanley

      With our knowledge base Health Unit Coordinators would make excellent referral and patient care coordinators, still allowing us to use our critical thinking skills. While working as a health unit coordinator I did go back to school and earn my health information management degree and worked as an outpatient coder, which I love doing, my experience as a health unit coordinator has served me well!! We are a valuable commodity, no matter what other my say/think.

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  11. Cassandra Davis

    I just introduced this association to the leadership team at Lucile Packard children’s Hospital Stanford this week with full support of introducing the Association to our unit secretaries and a commitment to title change to HUC.

    I’m here because it’s our personal professional association and I wouldn’t want to see it hijacked by name change and were just looped into subtitles.

    This would definitely be a no for me.

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    • pnr.assoc.mgt@comcast.net

      Thank you, Cassandra, for posting your comment! NAHUC thanks you for introducing the association to your leadership team.

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  12. DW

    Major hospitals in general do not recognize the amount of work that a HUC actually does. In my experience, since the implementation of CPOE the role as HUC has been on a downward spiral. Administrators looked at the fact HUC’s would no longer be doing most the order entry and replaced it with as many task as they could think of.
    Even after that some completely did away with HUC’s and the one’s they retained was only because they also held their CNA certification and could do direct patient care in addition to secretarial duties. They were banking on the charge nurses absorbing some of the work load and in some cases it was just too much for them.
    Personally I worked my way into becoming a cerified HUC to move on from direct patient care. After 10 years in a hospital I had to say goodbye. So thank you to those who actually value the hard work HUC’s do and the need for them. In many administrators eyes we’re just dollar signs that they will cut down on in any way possible. 20+ year HUC’s having to find other means of work due to not having their CNA or not wanting to be involved in direct patient care. It’s a shame.

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    • Julia B I

      Hello DW,

      Where is this happening?
      I am in the East coast and the demand for our skills are increasing. However, we as an organization are suppose to address these kinds of issues and let this hospitals know our value. There should be member representative of NAHUC in every state and sent to look into issues like this just as any other certification programs are having.

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      • Anonymous

        I’m in N. Idaho but it’s happening in south Idaho and Washington as well.

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      • Anonymous

        I wish there were members in every state who would be willing to help promote health unit coordinating.

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      • NAHUC

        Thank you, Julia B I, for sharing your comment. You’re right; representation at the grass-roots level can be powerful!

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  13. Julia Igwacho

    I am suggesting to also add the title “Admissions Coordinator” to the new suggested name for all healthcare support team. This new name sounds inclusive to all the varies titles of our non-clinical healthcare workers.

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    • NAHUC

      Thank you, Julia, for your suggestion.

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  14. Camela M Bates-Cole

    My employer doesn’t acknowledge the hard work administrative assistants, registration clerks, unit secretaries, schedulers, or any other clerical positions. I take it upon myself to do something for the individuals who work in my surgery center. I bring in goodies to eat. I make up goodies bags, and certificates.

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  15. Tracy Stanley

    My sincere thanks to Health Unit Coordinators everywhere for all you do for our profession, and to those Institutional Providers and other institutions who continue to support their Health Unit Coordinators. Let us also not forget the Health Unit Coordinators we have lost over the years and remember the paths they paved forward for us. This is our week to celebrate us. Enjoy!!

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  16. Sandy HL 8/28/21 05:46am

    Thank You Myrna Lefleur for getting us an organization.Happy HUC Week To All!! I agree with DW many big hospitals do not recognized the amount of work we do. I have had non Huc,s sit in my chair when I’m off and say I don’t know how you do all this work. We ARE the GLUE that holds the units together I’ve recently just became a member of this organization. I’ve been a HUC for over 40years under so many different titles. Where I previously worked I was recognized for a whole week during professional secretary week and that was just in my department not as a company thing. Most professional and non-professional jobs from nursing to housekeeping are recognized in medical settings for a week, but not HUC’S. Not in my state. I would love to see us be recognized nationally all over the world, but as it is only in some states. Some states will only hire a Huc only if they are certified. I still have a few more years to work, and my goal is to become certified before I retire, I am hoping to be that member in my state to get all that I can on board.

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    • NAHUC

      Thank you, Sandy HL, for posting your comment. NAHUC shares your vision. Please let us know how we can support you in your goal to become certified.

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  17. Deborah

    I was a Clerical Coordinator (That is what we were called at hospital I worked). I worked in that position for 20 years on various units. Got a teaching job of clerical sand did that for 25 years. I saw lots of changes. I tried to get certification approved . That never worked. They cut me from 7 days to 3 days to train. When Epic came in I looked for other jobs they could do. Now they have them come in as nurse assistant/clerical and utilize them more as nurse assistant. They never did get the credit they deserved , more do now. They only get two days training. It is truly a shame. They are such a great group. I enjoyed the years I was there. I learned so much.

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  18. Barb Miller-Krewson/ Dayton

    Moving on is how we grow, our profession has changed so drastically in the last 10 or so years. I am retired and still feel good about being certified and being a member of NAHUC. All the changes we need to do are important to keep the team alive and well, we need to be proud of our good works and our professionalism. Stay calm and ask the CHUC for help, in these very stressful times . Even if we have to change our title it will be good. Keep the faith fellow HUCs.
    I send my best to the committee for all the decisions you will have to make. Wishing you all health and happiness. 😊

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Health Unit Coordinator Recognition Week

August 23-29

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How it all began…

Myrna LaFleur, who became the NAHUC founding president, invited several interested persons to meet with her in Phoenix, Arizona, on August 23, 1980, to discuss the formation of an association for health unit coordinators. This was the first meeting and resulted in selecting the name of the association.  Each year thereafter, August 23 has been declared Health Unit Coordinator Day by many mayors and governors nationwide, who issue proclamations declaring August 23 “Health Unit Coordinator Day”. Beginning in 2017, NAHUC expanded the recognition period to a full week: August 23-29.

 

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