Kendra Pountney, CMPE, Deputy Hospital Administrator at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital earned the professional designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) from the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE). ACMPE is the standard setting and certification division of MGMA-ACMPE. The designation of CMPE demonstrates that Pountney has achieved board certification in medical practice management.
ACMPE certifies an individual’s professional competence when s/he passes rigorous essay and objective examinations that assess knowledge of the broad scope of medical practice management skills sets as outlined in the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management. These include business operations, financial management, human resource management, information management, organizational governance, patient care systems, quality management and risk management. The individual must also earn a minimum of 50 continuing education credit hours. Today, 6,600 MGMA-ACMPE members are participating in ACMPE board certification and Fellowship; 600 have achieved the Fellow credential, 2,200 have achieved the CMPE credential and 3,800 are pursuing board certification.
Kendra has been with SEARHC since 1992. She began her career with SEARHC in Medical Records and has held positions in various departments throughout the Consortium. Kendra began a career track with SEARHC in 1999 and through education and mentorship she attained her current position as Deputy Hospital Administrator. Pountney was born and raised in Sitka and is Tlingit and a member of Kiksadi clan.
Kevin Burkart works in the SEARHC Biomedical Engineering department. He’s passed the CRES or certified radiology equipment specialist exam held by ICC (International Certification Commission). Candidates passing this exam get certification from AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation). This certification marks his expertise with radiology equipment. Kevin is one of only 418 nationwide to achieve this distinction and the first in Alaska. The SEARHC biomed department is fortunate to have him on our team.
The SEARHC Women’s Health Program hosted the Alaska Breast & Cervical Health Partnership’s annual meeting here in Sitka, June 3-6. The Partnership is comprised of program management staff from the five CDC-funded National Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection in Alaska: SEARHC, Southcentral Foundation, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, Arctic Slope Native Association, and the State of Alaska. Together, the programs combine resources and experience to collaborate on projects related to patient outreach, public education, professional development, screening and diagnostic services, surveillance and evaluation, and quality assurance. CDC’s Alaska Program Consultant and Data Contractor also attended the Partnership meeting.