WHEELING - Lori Nowakowski, BSHCA, CMPE, clinical director, Ohio Valley Medical Group, a division of Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital, has earned the professional designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) from the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE).
ACMPE is the standard-setting and certification division of MGMA-ACMPE.
The designation of CMPE demonstrates that Nowakowski has achieved board certification in medical practice management. ACMPE certifies an individual's professional competence when s/he passes rigorous essay and objective examinations that assess knowledge of the broad scope of medical practice management skills sets as outlined in the Body of Knowledge for Medical Practice Management.
These include business operations, financial management, human resource management, information management, organizational governance, patient care systems, quality management and risk management.
The individual must also earn a minimum of 50 continuing education credit hours. Nowakowski stated ""I have a passion for Health Care Administration and attaining the CMPE designation further defines me as a professional."
Today, 6,600 MGMA-ACMPE members are participating in ACMPE board certification and Fellowship; 600 have achieved the Fellow credential, 2,200 have achieved the CMPE credential and 3,800 are pursuing board certification.
"We are very proud of Lori for achieving this milestone. Her dedication and commitment are commendable. We are glad she is a part of our team," stated Michael J. Caruso, President and CEO of OVHS&E.
Nowakowski has been with OVHS&E since 2003. Beginning her career as a Laboratory Supervisor, she has worked in a variety of management roles with the organization. She was promoted to Clinical Director of Ohio Valley Medical Group in 2012. In this role she oversees the medical practices of thirty physicians covering family practice and medical specialties.
Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling West Virginia, and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry,, are a 340 bed combined organization with over 1,600 employees providing the area's only comprehensive behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River.
MGMA-ACMPE is the premier association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices. In 2011, members of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and its standard-setting division, the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) voted to merge to form a new association.
Since 1926, the Association has delivered networking, professional education and resources, political advocacy and certification for medical practice professionals.
The Association represents 22,500 members who lead 13,200 organizations nationwide in which some 280,000 physicians provide more than 40 percent of healthcare services delivered in the United States.