Assistant Director of Health Information Management Department, LaShawn Edwards

Jun 08, 2022 / Spotlight

Get to Know our Staff: LaShawn Edwards, Health Information Management (HIM)

What is your job title/your role at Scottish Rite for Children?  
Assistant Director of Health Information Management Department (HIM)
What do you do on a daily basis or what sort of duties do you have at work? (You can also include a brief description of your department)
As the assistant director of HIM, I am responsible for the management and daily operations of all positions in the HIM department including administrative oversight and managing of the coding team’s productivity and resources needed. I have a love for the electronic record and work closely with the other HIM leaders, Keisha Tolbert and Jett Clark, on Performance Improvement and departmental projects to improve work processes in various areas. I have an active role during The Joint Commission visits and other regulatory surveys. Another duty I have is preparing monthly reporting of quality reports to QAPI and statistical reports to BI.

I have a love and respect for people, so it is a true pleasure to provide organizational guidance to all staff in an effort to motivate and inspire them, encourage great energy and talent, listen to their ideas and insight, and to be available and aid staff in succeeding in their positions. I am a servant leader who likes to focus on the needs of others to perform at their best! 

What was your first job? What path did you take to get here or what led you to Scottish Rite? How long have you worked here?
My very first job was working in the installment loans department at a bank as a senior in high school. There is where I learned that I loved wearing suits, and I met my handsome husband, Roy! We will be married for 30 years this June!
This is my 27th year at Scottish Rite! In 1995, I was hired as one of the HIM supervisors. The first candidate declined the offer, so I was blessed to be their second selection. After graduating from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, in 1991, I began my career as a coder, shortly after that I became the HIM director of a psychiatric facility and later HIM director of an ambulatory care clinic. My husband’s job transferred him to Dallas, and it is history from there! 
What do you enjoy most about Scottish Rite?
When I first started working at Scottish Rite, I noticed how really special the culture was as compared to anywhere else I had worked. Scottish Rite’s leadership has a love and respect for the “human race” and not only just toward our patients and families but also the staff. Daily, I felt an overwhelming feeling of how appreciated and important my contribution was in supporting the organization and to provide quality patient care. I started saying that Scottish Rite was “the best place to work” many years before we actually started participating in the survey. I know without a doubt that my faith led me here at Scottish Rite, and I am thankful! Whenever I would wear my Scottish Rite T-shirt or badge to a store, someone would always recognize and express appreciation for all the organization has done for either themselves as a child or their son or daughter! The conversations would get emotional sometimes and always include comments about the popcorn. Also, I would add at the end of each conversation, “It is the best place to work!” They would smile at me and say, “I bet!”
Tell us something about your job that others might not already know.
I am the medical records historian! Looking for statistics from 1970/1980 or earlier, I’m your contact!
Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
Disney World for Christmas! It’s beautiful, magical and entertaining for everyone! Really anywhere I get to experience family time with my husband; my two daughters, Cherelle and Nia; my son, Roy II; and my grandchildren, Maci and Madisyn; makes it an interesting place!
What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?
We are Dallas Cowboys fan and season ticket holders. How ‘Bout Them Cowboys!!
Funny thing is that I am from Louisiana and have a very large family, so when the Dallas Cowboys play the New Orleans Saints, it is a party, and the competition begins!
What’s one fun fact about yourself?
I love decorating for events at my church and weddings with tons of flowers, vases and candles. This is a talent that was passed down from my mother, who always made everything beautiful! One of the best things I did was buy a Scottish Rite brick for my loving parents, “In loving memory of Hezekiah & Cloteen Culpepper.”

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