New head of UTHCT human resources department named; two employees achieve distinction

Monday, June 26, 2006

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has appointed Georgia Melton as the new chief human resources officer. In addition, UTHSCT department directors Christie Osuagwu, RN, and Sandra Fly, RN, have achieved distinction in their respective fields.

Melton has more than 36 years of experience in the field of human resources. She has worked for companies involved in national sales, manufacturing, engineering, and health care.

Before joining UTHSCT in January as interim chief human resources officer, Melton spent the past 12 years in correctional managed care at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Most recently she served as senior human resources manager of the Northern Division of UTMB Correctional Managed Care.

Osuagwu, director of Community Outreach and Health Disparities, has received a $2,500 scholarship from Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. NEF is a nonprofit organization that awards scholarships to registered nurses who have demonstrated excellence in practice and desire to pursue advanced degrees in nursing or other health care fields.

Osuagwu, a certified family nurse practitioner, has a Master of Science in nursing and a master’s degree in public administration. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in public health.

Fly, director of Quality Services, recently passed an exam to become a certified professional in health care quality. To become certified, individuals must show they have extensive knowledge of quality management, quality improvement, case/care/disease/utilization management, and risk management at all employment levels and in all health care settings.

This program is the only international voluntary certification program in the field of health care quality management to be fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies of the National Organization for Competency Assurance in Washington, D.C. Only about 10,700 individuals worldwide are certified professionals in health care quality.

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