My on-going career in the Medical Record’s field began at Dallas County MHMR, now Metrocare Services, on June 29, 1992 when I applied for and was accepted for the position of setting up a Medical Records Department for their new Inpatient Program, called Mental Health Connections, which was on the 9th floor of St. Paul Hospital. This was my first in being part of Metrocare’s Mission to serve our neighbors with developmental or mental health challenges by helping them find lives that were meaningful and satisfying, as most of my past years of experience was in acute care Hospitals. The knowledge I learned in my role of daily record-keeping, then all hand-written documentation, (before the days of Computer accessibility), was how all our Consumers were followed and cared for in the Inpatient Unit, with continued follow-up in the Outpatient setting by Staff and Clinicians involved in their care; which definitely was a rewarding process to witness. Yes, rewarding, definitely my adrenalin for wanting to come to the office daily, - wishes my earlier record years had been in Mental Health Services.
Yes, we have all come a long way in our journey in providing Metrocare Services, with changes occurring daily, but lastly I want to say, I am very proud to be a team-worker in this journey’s process.