This blog was written by Kristina Mori, President of the Maryland AAHAM Chapter
Early on, I knew my director really understood the value of education. Within six months of employment at Calvert Memorial Hospital, I found myself sitting for what is now a CRCS certification. I was so excited to put my new designation behind my name. My initiative to become certified was noticed by my employer, and I was promoted from Senior Collector to Lead shortly after. I did not stop there. In 2007 I sat for my CRCE exam. Pouring over study materials every day after work, and sometimes driving hours in the evenings to attend study sessions I was a nervous wreck the day of the exam. A few months later, when I received the letter in the mail stating I passed I will never forget how proud I was. Once again, my employer recognized my initiative and drive to sit for such a challenging test. They were equally impressed that I passed the exam on the first attempt. This certification paved the way for me to receive two more promotions at my facility. I am now the Manager of the Patient Financial Services Department and my AAHAM certifications helped me get there!