Pulitzer Prize awarded poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, once said “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” This week’s Hugh Chatham Way Highlight focuses on a team member who effortlessly lifts the spirits of everyone she encounters by her mere presence. She is both a team player and a cheerleader in her department. Join me in celebrating Jill Wittkamper, Records Analyst in Health Information Management.

Tracy Cook, EMR Lead, said “Jill is the first ray of sunshine in the morning. You can come to work, feeling like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, and at 8:00am she starts being Jill with a “GOOD MORNING”!! Jill does a great job taking care of our customers. She reads their emotional needs and responds accordingly. She has a way of lifting their spirits. Humor, laughter, kindness, and encouragement are just a few of Jill’s traits. The HIM department is a more comfortable place because of her. I don’t know how she comes up with all the funny things she says, but I smile every time I think of Jill Wittkamper.”

Kathy Wood, Imaging Receptionist, continues by saying “When I think of medical records, I think of Jill. You can always count on Jill to answer her telephone and be willing to help in any way possible  I have personally called her when I was out of town to do something for me and she was more than willing to help. Jill is a great asset to the Medical Records Department at Hugh Chatham.”

Jill, thank you for your positive attitude, obvious dedication, and for bringing great joy to our entire team. We are thankful for you!


Q & A with Jill

How did you come to Hugh Chatham?
When I was looking for a job, I knew I wanted to stay local. I heard all good things about HCMH and had received excellent care when we needed it. I was extremely fortunate to find an open position that I felt like I might be qualified for.

What led you to a career in healthcare?
I had never worked in the healthcare field up to this point. I had always worked in finance. But when you think about it, getting a patient the medical records that they need for continued care, or helping them with their bank account, both are important. It is important to help people any way you can, whenever you can.

How do you and your team exhibit STARS?
One of the best qualities of the HIM Dept. is the teamwork. We all have our own duties, but we also know the importance of helping each other.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love to cook. I like to try new recipes and share. Feeding a large crowd is fun for me. My husband and I watch Nascar and look forward to football season. We have 5 grandkids, ranging in ages 8 to 19 years old, that we try to keep up with.


Jill Wittkamper was nominated by Kent Thompson.