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MEET

DR. ODOM-WESLEY

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,"

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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

Career Capsule

Experience:

Consultant in Health Information Management               1991 to present

University level Medical Record & Health Educator          1973 to 2015

Medical Record Administrator                                              1968 - 1973

Competencies:

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.​

  • Operations Management            

  • Information Management

  • Financial Management              

  • Public Speaking

  • Personnel Management             

  • Instructional Skills

  • Organizational Skills                 

  • Writing Skills

Professional Association Experience/Highlights:

AHIMA

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
Fellow, 2004
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

TxHIMA

Texas Health Information Management Association

Distinguished Member (2002)

President (1992-93)   Executive Board (1986 - 1994)

 Distinguished Member (1991)

National Delegate (1989-1992

DMRA

SAMRA

Professional Service

Dallas Medical Record Association: President (1982)

San Antonio Medical Record Association: President (1972)

Advisory Boards:

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)

Consultant

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

 Higher Education

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD: Health and Family Science (1999)

Education: 

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

 Employment History

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