September Member Spotlight

Heather Beshoner, RHIA

Professional Shares

Where do you work and what is your job title?
Admin Support Medical at AFMC

How long have you been a member of ArHIMA?
26 years

What certification types have you received or are seeking to receive?

Which college/university did you attend?
Arkansas Tech University

What made you decide to pursue a career in HIM?
I wanted to work in the medical field since I was a volunteer at our local hospital during high school. I had the chance to work in the business office/medical records department a few times and enjoyed it when I was not helping the patients as a candy striper. I knew that I wanted to work with computers somehow as well so that is how I decided what my major was going to be in college.

What other jobs and/or titles have you held prior to the present one?
During college summer breaks I worked as a Purchasing Clerk at UAMS in Little Rock. I worked at Sparks, now Baptist Health, for 9 years as a HIM clerk doing various duties in the Medical Records Department. After I left there, I was the Medical Records Department Manager for another facility for 13 years.

What are some of your responsibilities at your current position?
I have been cross-trained in most aspects of our individual department where I currently work. We do reviews for Arkansas Medicaid.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the people I work with and gaining a better knowledge of how the insurance works in our state.

Personal Shares

What is your favorite food?
That would be a tough one but I think pizza would be one of my favorites.

What’s something about you (a fun fact) not many people know?
My 2 nieces and I share the same birthday month, September. Our birthdays are within an 11-day time frame. The 19th, 27th and the 30th. I enjoy spending our birthday month together and celebrating with family.

What’s your favorite family tradition?
Celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas as a family all together.

What’s something you want to do that you’ve never done before?
Going to Ireland is on my dream board. I have wanted to visit there for years and I hope someday to do that.

If you could get on a plane tonight and travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Ireland would be my first choice if I could go anywhere.