When Wanda Herrick was in high school, she was drawn to the healthcare field and decided to do a co-op at Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) in the Health Records Department.
“I initially wanted to go to college for health records coding, but the only school offering the program was in Toronto, which I wasn’t interested in,” said Wanda, Medical Transcriptionist, Health Records Department. “I decided to take the medical administration program at Algonquin College.”
Following graduation, Wanda started a part-time job as a ward clerk at ARH and at the Bonnechere Manor. In 2001, a full-time transcriptionist role was created at ARH and Wanda applied.
“I’ve been here ever since, and I truly enjoy it.”
Continuous learning and growth
Wanda likes that the medical transcription part of her job offers new challenges.
“I listen to multiple physicians in one day so it’s not always the same thing,” said Wanda. “When a new specialist comes in, I need to learn their lingo, specific terms, and the different test and medications they prescribe.”
In addition to the medical transcription work, Wanda has appreciated that being part of a smaller hospital means there is more variety in her work.
“I’m not focused on one specific task. I have had the chance to support various teams and projects within the hospital and help out in different ways.”
Helping with the COVID response
One of Wanda’s proud moments from the past year has been her role on Arnprior’s COVID-19 vaccination team entering the vaccination data into the provincial COVax system.
“It’s great to see the number of people being vaccinated and how the clinics are running so smoothly,” shared Wanda. “The community members are so thankful to be able to get their vaccine.”
Wanda is also a member of ARH’s Social Committee, which has had to make major adjustments to its typical activities during the pandemic.
“It will be nice to have an event when this is all over so that we can thank staff for everything they have done to ensure the safety of our community and co-workers.”