News from around the Virginia College system

Aug 30, 2012

Virginia College in Montgomery recently opened its doors to medical coding professionals in the community by hosting a Summer Seminar for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), Montgomery Chapter.

Attendees got to know the presenter, Kim Huey, as "Kim the Coder."-Ms. Huey has worked for physician practices for 30 years, assisting in coding, compliance and reimbursement issues.

Vivian Mills, Medical Billing and Coding Program Director, organized the event which was attended by over 45 students, AAPC members and other guests.

Spartanburg:-The Medical Assisting Department's Student Activities Club recently hosted a campus-wide Family and Friends Celebration with over 100 in attendance.

MA Student President Ursula Anderson used her connections to get recording artists to perform, such as saxophonist Dante Lewis, gospel rapper CEEJ and gospel artist Marcel Anderson. Local praise dance teams also performed. Admissions provided guests with tours of the facility and kids enjoyed the water games.

Birmingham held its Spring Quarter 2012 Recognition and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Student Services Department. Many student honorees brought their family and friends to share in the celebration of their accomplishments.-

Receiving honors were student mentors, students with perfect attendance (pictured above, bottom) and students who acquired Dean's List or President's List status for the quarter (pictured above, top).

The Birmingham campus also recently celebrated its nursing graduates from the Winter and Spring 2012 quarters with a traditional Pinning Ceremony.

After being pinned by a family member or close friend, the graduates recited the Florence Nightingale Pledge and lit candles symbolizing the passing of the flame from Florence Nightingale to the nurses of today.

In addition to comments from Campus President Chris Moore (pictured above at podium), Dr. Denise Elliot, DNS, RN, CNE addressed the group. Dr. Elliot is a Consultant for Virginia College and former Program Director at the Department of Nursing Education for Wallace State Community College.

Thirty-two nursing students graduated with an Associate's Degree in Nursing at the ceremony held at Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center Arena on August 12. Many of these graduates have already been placed at major hospitals in the Birmingham area.