Odom is a name you know. It stands for trust and service.
Elzie D. Odom was elected to the Arlington City Council in 1990 and became Arlington's first African-American Mayor in 1997. Scholarships and an athletic center bear his name. Ruby Odom, a former City of Arlington First Lady, has logged many decades of volunteer service in the community, at her church and Arlington Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley, their daughter, carries forth their service legacy as a member of the Arlington City Council.
"I learned early in life that service is the price you pay for the ground you walk on,"
She has been paying her way, serving in various professional and community organizations.
Dr. Odom-Wesley has engaged in a lifetime of service as a community volunteer, college professor and successful small business owner who has called Arlington home for nearly 40 years. She has earned Bachelor's and Doctoral degrees. She has a Doctoral degree in health information management. Her record of service includes leadership in national associations, non-profit organizations and City Council-appointed boards and commissions. She has received distinguished service awards and special recognitions. Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley is a published author, motivational speaker, wife, mother and grandmother.
Presentation of Qualifications
Consultant in Health Information Management 1991 to present
University level Medical Record & Health Educator 1973 to 2015
Medical Record Administrator 1968 - 1973
Demonstrated ability to organize and administer programs and departments and to train personnel in all areas of complex Health Information Systems operation for a variety of healthcare and educational institutions.
Professional Association Experience/Highlights:
American Health Information Management Association
2015 Educator Award: Making Dreams Come True
Council for Excellence in Education, Workforce Work group, 2012-2013
Judge, Grace Award, 2012 - 2014
Champion Award, 2010 Triumph Awards
Board of Directors, AHIMA Foundation of Research and Education (FORE) 2007-2009
President 2002, Board of Directors 2001-2003
President-elect (2001) & E-health liaison
Diversity Task Force (2000)
Chair, Awards Committee (1999)
Nominating Committee & Awards Committee (1998)
Legislative Committee (1993-1994)
Accreditation Surveyor for educational programs (1985-1993)
Research & Development Committee (1992-93)
Registered Medical Record Administrator (1968) Registration # 6066
Texas Health Information Management Association
Distinguished Member (2002)
President (1992-93) Executive Board (1986 - 1994)
Distinguished Member (1991)
National Delegate (1989-1992
Dallas Medical Record Association: President (1982)
San Antonio Medical Record Association: President (1972)
United Way of Tarrant County, Health Impact Council (2005-2017)
Arlington Rehabilitation Hospital (2007 – 2012)
Tarrant County Parenting Center (1998-2004)
Tarrant County Junior College: Medical Record Technology (1981-1992)
Home Health Services of Dallas (1985-1990)
Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District (1985-1992)
Healthcare facilities and educational institutions:
Health Velocity Group, Ltd. Physicians’ Offices
Dallas Nephrology Associates Texas Medical Association
Med-Alert Industrial Health Clinic Trinity Terrace LTC
Medical Insurance Claims Consultants, Inc. James West Alzheimer Center
National Medical Care, Inc. Dialysis Services Division
Doctor of Philosophy, PhD: Health and Family Science (1999)
Texas Woman’s University Denton, Texas
Dissertation: Consumer Informatics: A Model for Documenting and Maintaining Family Medical Records.
Master of Arts, MA: Multidisciplinary Studies (1980) Incarnate Word College
Education, Business Management, Political Science and Health Care.
Bachelor of Science, BS: Medical Record Science (1968)
Incarnate Word College (IWC), San Antonio, Texas
September 1991 – present
MEDPRO Services, President
Mission: To promote quality healthcare services by improving the quality of healthcare documentation.
Sole Proprietor of consulting firm offering consulting services to ambulatory healthcare facilities, especially physicians' offices.
July 2004 – June 2015
DEVRY UNIVERSITY, INC.
Curriculum Manager, Health Information Technology (HIT)
Chair, Health Information Technology Associate Degree Program
2003 – 2005
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON (UTA)
Health Care Administration, Internship Coordinator
1980 – 2004
TEXAS WOMAN'S UNIVERSITY, DENTON, TEXAS
Senior Lecturer in Health Studies
Medical Record Administration Program Director & Tenured Professor
1973 - 1980
INCARNATE WORD COLLEGE, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Director, Medical Record Administration Program
Lecturer, Medical Record Science
1969 – 1973
BEXAR COUNTY HOSPITAL DISTRICT, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Senior Medical Record Librarian
Medical Record Department Director
"These experiences have prepared and positioned me for a higher level of service leadership. To whom much is given, much is expected (Luke 12:48)."
Purposed. Prepared. Positioned.
Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley I Arlington City Council
At Large, District 8