Health information management head steps down, interim named

August 18, 2015 | UTMC
By Jon Strunk

University of Toledo Health officials expressed thanks to Paula Kessler as they announced her plans to step down as director of health information management.

Pam Eaton, director of health-care information technology and clinical informatics, will assume Kessler’s duties on an interim basis.

“Paula has played an important leadership role as the UT Medical Center has implemented its electronic medical record system and prepares for the adoption of the next iteration of medical coding requirements,” said Dr. Carl Sirio, UTMC chief operating and clinical officer, and senior associate dean for clinical affairs.

Sirio also thanked Eaton for taking on additional duties in the interim.

“Pam’s demonstrated leadership in health-care information technology makes clear that the health information management team is in good hands,” he said.

“After 22 years at UTMC, I made the difficult decision to leave the University,” Kessler said. “I was presented with a wonderful opportunity that will bring me closer to my family and allow me to utilize the knowledge I’ve gained while working in the Health Information Management Department since 1993. I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone for being so kind, supportive and helpful throughout my career at UTMC. You are all truly the best.”

William McCreary, vice president and chief information and technology officer, said that both women deserved credit for UTMC’s current position of strength in the area of health-care information technology.

“Healthcare IT is a rapidly changing field, and Paula and Pam have both done a great deal to ensure we’re ready to meet the challenges ahead,” McCreary said.

All are invited to a reception for Kessler Thursday, Sept. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Pinnacle Lounge.

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