Terri Richardson, RHIA, CTR, Installed as President of the National Cancer Registrars Association
June 10, 2014
DeKalb Medical’s manager of Cancer Data Services Terri Richardson, RHIA, CTR, was recently installed as the president of the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) at its Annual Educational Conference in Nashville, TN.
NCRA is a non-profit organization that represents more than 5,000 cancer registry professionals. Cancer registrars are data information specialists that capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S. The data provide essential information to researchers, health care providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs. In her role as president, Richardson will represent the organization at regional and national meetings and support its mission to promote education, credentialing and advocacy for cancer registry professionals.
Richardson has a well-established career in cancer registry management and earned her CTR credential in 1997. The cancer registry at DeKalb Medical is a Commission on Cancer (CoC) and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accredited registry. Richardson has been an active member of NCRA for over 17 years, having served in a variety of leadership positions including Treasurer, Junior Treasurer, and as an Advocacy and Technical Practice Director. Richardson has also been active at the state level, serving as both the Secretary and Education Chair for the Georgia Tumor Registrars Association. Richardson holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with an emphasis on Health Information Management from Weber State University in Ogden, UT.
Richardson will focus her year as president on promoting issues of importance to her and the cancer registry profession. She will concentrate her efforts on pursuing a classification code with the Department of Labor for Medical Registries, seeking opportunities for streamlining processes to create an efficient work environment, and finding new ways to promote the use of cancer registry data.
About the National Cancer Registrars Association
Chartered in May 1974, the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) is a non-profit organization that represents more than 5,000 cancer registry professionals and Certified Tumor Registrars. The mission of NCRA is to promote education, credentialing, and advocacy for cancer registry professionals. Cancer registrars are data information specialists that capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S. The data provide essential information to researchers, healthcare providers, and public health officials to better monitor and advance cancer treatments, conduct research, and improve cancer prevention and screening programs. For more information about NCRA, visit www.ncra-usa.org and www.CancerRegistryEducation.org.
About DeKalb Medical
Founded in 1961, DeKalb Regional Health System, Inc., known as DeKalb Medical, is comprised of more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties across three campuses. The 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (77 beds), DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds), DeKalb Medical Physicians Group and the DeKalb Medical Foundation. The not-for-profit health care system is a HealthGrades® Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack in 2013 and Five-Star Recipient for Peripheral Vascular Bypass in 2012, and earned the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart/American Stroke Association. Our Maternity Center was selected as a participant in the Best Fed Beginnings project as part of UNICEF/WHO’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Our Cancer Center received the Outstanding Achievement Award and is granted three-year approval by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as a community hospital comprehensive oncology program. Our Joint Solutions Center is a metro Atlanta leader in joint replacement. In addition, our LTAC earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for acquired brain injury, wound care and respiratory failure services. Visit www.dekalbmedical.org.