BIG STONE GAP — Mountain Empire Community College is the recipient of an $883,000 federal grant for its new Health Information Management (HIM) degree program.
The college on Thursday announced the Rural Health Information Technology Workforce grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support and enhance the new associate’s degree program that was launched with the start of the fall term.
The college’s HIM program prepares students to plan, develop, implement, maintain and manage clinical record systems that collect patient information and support clinical processes and decision making, and manage technology systems for the hospital administration, physician practices and health insurance entities.
The HIM program blends courses in information technology, business management and informatics, and a required level of clinical knowledge.
The grant funds will enable MECC to partner with Stone Mountain Health Services, The Health Wagon, Mountain Empire PACE and the Southwest Virginia Area Health Education Centers program to establish intensive, hands-on learning opportunities that will include internships with small, rural health care providers. Grant funds also will support scholarship assistance, program marketing and recruitment, program accreditation expenses and other costs.