New HIM director joins UTHCT; two Health Center employees promoted

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently hired a new director of Health Information Management, as well as promoting two employees.

Kristie Atwood has been named director of Health Information Management. She previously was a program manager for Correctional Managed Care at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Atwood worked for UTMB-CMC for nine years, six of which she spent supervising medical records for various Texas Department of Criminal Justice hospital and clinic facilities that treated several thousand patients.

She also helped oversee the transition to an electronic medical records system at UTMB-CMC. Atwood has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University at Commerce.

Mary “Kate” Bynum, RN, has been named the director of Surgical, Procedural, and Critical Care Nursing Services. She joined the Health Center in May 2006 as nurse manager for the emergency room/intensive care unit and has also served as an interim co-manager for the medical/surgical unit.

Bynum has more than 20 years’ experience in nursing, including 10 years with the Trinity Mother Frances Health System as director of trauma services and the Flight for Life air ambulance. In addition, she served as an emergency room staff nurse and flight nurse.

Bynum has filled leadership roles in the areas of occupational medicine and employee health, medical staff services, and hospitalist services. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing at UT Tyler.

Marian Crawford, RN, certified occupational health nurse, has accepted the position of infection control coordinator in the Environmental Health and Safety Department. She will divide her time between the Occupational Medicine/Employee Health Clinic and Infection Control.

Crawford received the Marguerite Ahern Graff Excellence in Occupational Health Nursing Award in 2005 for earning the highest score in the nation on the board certification exam for occupational health nurses.

She has worked at the Health Center for more than nine years and has 15 years’ of occupational health experience. Crawford is certified as an occupational hearing conservationist, back injury resource nurse, and a breath alcohol technician.

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