Tuesday, November 5, 2013
New Start; New Job
We've been anticipating big changes in PeaceHealth for awhile now. My informatics team has been waiting to be "reorganized" for almost a year. The decision was that the informatics team would become a system-wide team rather than local and would be working on the Epic Enterprise project--bringing in a new software program for the whole system of our hospitals in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. Because of all the issues at our hospital though, the leadership insisted that we needed to keep an informatics presence at PeaceHealth Southwest. I wasn't really interested in the type of work that I would have to do if I went to the system informatics team and it was going to require a lot of travel so I had pretty much decided I was going to stay at the hospital. But my former director, knowing my aptitude and love of doing analyst type work encouraged me to apply for an Epic analyst position. It was a long wait. I applied at the beginning of August, interviewed at the end of August and was offered the job at the end of September. Since I needed to start working my new job on October 6th, there was a quick transition of trying to figure out who would take over my various responsibilities and get them trained. I am happy to be on the project though. It is a huge job but it is exciting to be able to start something new.
I thought I was going to be starting to work at the PeaceHealth Shared Service Center in Vancouver (pictured above) but as it turns out, they are preparing office space at our Memorial campus downtown. Mixed feelings about it. But it is what it is.
Around the same time that I was working on transitioning my responsibilities, the article that our informatics team worked on was finally published at the end of September. It was exciting for us to finally see it in "print". The sad part was by the time it was published, the entire team had split up. Rhonda is the manager for Nursing Informatics for the system, Alex has joined her, Jill has also joined her team but has moved back home to Cottage Grove, Amy decided to go back to working in the Family Birth Center, Lacey took over being the informatics manager at Southwest and I was going to the IT analyst team.
I'm getting ready to go back next week for more training. I might check out a few more buildings or the tree house. We'll see what I have time for. But it was a really Epic experience. And the training was pretty wonderful too.