100 Students Have Received Certificates

Todd Fetherling teaching

Tod Fetherling, CEO of Perception Health and VP of Workforce Development at TN HIMSS leads the commencement program at the Fall 2017 HIT Workforce Accelerator final class.

On Monday, December 11 students in the sixth cohort of the TN HIMSS and Belmont University Health IT Workforce Accelerator graduated, marking more than 100 graduates since the program started three years ago.

Designed for healthcare professionals of all levels, backgrounds and career paths, the program teaches students how the blending of healthcare and IT can affect care outcomes. The curriculum also covers the future of healthcare and business processes in healthcare. Throughout the course, students gain exposure to the healthcare provider, payer and vendor settings. Led by HIT professionals, the program’s students experience real-life challenges and determine best practices to bring into their careers.

The training offers a detailed view of the U.S. healthcare system and policies, along with specialized knowledge about HIT systems and processes. Participants gain an understanding of vendor solutions and options using team-based skills.


Workforce accelerator logoThe Fall 2017 class marked the first time the course was offered at a remote, host location with live instruction streamed. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee served as the remote location, offering the course for students in East Tennessee. The Chapter will expand the remote offering to both students in Tennessee and students across the country.

Congratulations to the following students for receiving their Health IT Workforce Accelerator Certificate in the Fall 2017 cohort:

Jeramie Peterson IBM
Condra Nelson EmCare/Sherdian/AMSURG
Kelly Holt Medhost
Wes Gallagher 86Borders, LLC
Brian Disney Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Sabrina Arrington AMSURG
Shawanna Mason BlueCross BlueShield of TN
Windle Riles
Willie Dashiell Ardent Health
Bonnie Bruner Ascension Health
LaRora Callihan BlueCross BlueShield of TN
Lacey Bivens BlueCross BlueShield of TN
Aldo Garcia Medhost
Jay Peeler Medhost
Sean Denekas
Rachel Stamps HCA
April Lomax BlueCross BlueShield of TN

For more information and to register for future classes, please visit: https://tnhimss.org/events-3/education/hit-accelerator-program/